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Great Expectations: Part 1: Mandarin Companion Graded Readers Level 2 Kindle Edition
In Part 1, Xiaomao (Pip) is raised by his short-tempered older sister and her husband who run a small repair shop in the outskirts of Shanghai. Xiaomao dreams of leaving his life of poverty behind after becoming playmates with the beautiful Bingbing (Estella), daughter of the eccentric Bai Xiaojie (Ms. Havisham). His prospects for the future are bleak, until one day a mysterious benefactor gives Xiaomao the opportunity of a lifetime.
Mandarin Companion is a series of easy-to-read novels in Chinese that are fun to read and proven to accelerate language learning. Every book in the Mandarin Companion series is carefully written to use characters, words, and grammar that a learner is likely to know.
Level 2 is intended for Chinese learners at a low intermediate level, equivalent to roughly two to three years of formal study. Most learners who have been able to fluidly read Mandarin Companion Level 1 should be able to read this book. This series is designed to combine simplicity of characters with an easy-to-understand storyline that helps learners grow their vocabulary and language comprehension abilities. The more they read, the better they will become at reading and grasping the Chinese language.
Visit www.MandarinCompanion.com for updates on the newest titles and learning resources.
- ASIN : B019CH7ES2
- Publisher : Mind Spark Press LLC (December 25, 2015)
- Publication date : December 25, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 2123 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 104 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #209,766 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Well, this book (and Mandarin Companion in general) represents an oasis in the desert. In my opinion, this is the best-written Chinese content you can find at the intermediate level, both in terms of education and enjoyment.
Case in point: by the time I reached the latter half of the second volume, I binge-read the final 4 or 5 chapters, staying up until the early hours of the morning to do so. I just HAD to know how it ended, a sensation I had previously only experienced while reading compelling English language novels. Only after I put the book down did I realize I had totally forgotten I was reading Chinese.
A few months ago, I discovered Mandarin Companion with their series of Level 1 graded Chinese readers. I read through all of those and was eager for Great Expectations as their first Level 2 book.
This book, and the whole series, is great for intermediate students of Chinese to practice their reading skills. The books use the 'extensive reading' concept and fully accomplish their aims of providing fun and enjoyable stories, with relatively easy text and vocabulary. Each chapter provides a handful of challenging vocab words and grammar structures within the story that help you learn as you read. These vocabulary and grammar are repeated naturally throughout the text to reinforce your learning.
I really liked this book and I would recommend it to anyone looking to improve in the Chinese Language.
While the Mandarin Companion level two seems to be aimed at advanced beginner/intermediate Chinese learners, even as an advanced student I enjoyed the easy read. It improves my confidence (I'm used to reading news articles where I'm guessing at a number of words and phrases) and introduces grammar concepts in a simple way.
Silly as this sounds, I also like the illustrations scattered throughout the book.
Overall, if you're anything beyond a beginner Chinese learner, you'll enjoy this relatively short read.
Though it's greatly simplified from the actual story, because they used Dicken's story, it's really quite gripping! Even though it's a more basic version with a restricted set of characters, I definitely found myself involved in the story, which is ideal for something that you want to use to study a language.
So if you're making your way through the hanzi, I whole heartedly recommend this book!
Top reviews from other countries
The language is simplified such that a level 2 reader will find it enough of a challenge but not a mountain to climb.
My Chinese isn't good enough to read a proper Chinese book, but reading books like this one inspire me to keep learning