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Colloquial Chinese: The Complete Course for Beginners Paperback – August 13, 2015
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About the Author
Kan Qian is Lecturer in Chinese at the Open University.
- Item Weight : 1 pounds
- Paperback : 386 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1138958271
- ISBN-13 : 978-1138958272
- Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Publisher : Routledge; 2nd Edition (August 13, 2015)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,023,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Be sure to get the version with the CDs, as hearing the pronunciation of the words is really important. A previous reviewer commented that the speakers do not have a Beijing accent. I think this is true. They sounded like my Chinese teacher years ago, who was from Taiwan.
5 stars = CDs help alot. There is no way you can learn how to pronounce the initials and the finals without hearing them from the CDs that come with the book. You got to buy the bundle version to have the CDs!!!
I recommend this book to everybody who has a heart filled with love for Chinese language! (this book is for beginners, you got to buy the second book to be an advanced Chinese speaker and writer)
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Even my class only completed perhaps 70 - 75% of the book during the 20 week course. That's how much there's in it!
I would say get this book for a structured course in Chinese, but consider other safer, more basic, options if you simply want to learn functional Chinese. The CD provides dialogue where you can listen and repeat, but even this can be difficult to follow and simply too fast for a learner to pick up. This would be my main criticism - it's colloquial, so expect the speakers to be speaking at their normal tempo. This should be progressive to allow the listener to be able to speak along with the speaker until they eventually reach normal speaking tempo.
Ultimately, it's a solid foundation for the new Chinese speaker, but can be a little complex at times and the dialogue is too fast to follow. A tutor (Chinese speaker) is needed to guide the student through this book and the language's nuances. Therefore, suitable for a structured course rather than a quick fix guide.