- Series: C&T Asian Languages Series.
- Paperback: 249 pages
- Publisher: Cheng & Tsui; 1st edition (January 1997)
- Language: English, Mandarin Chinese
- ISBN-10: 0887272630
- ISBN-13: 978-0887272639
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.5 x 10.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,050,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Integrated Chinese, Level 1, Part 1: Textbook (Simplified Character Edition) (C&T Asian Languages Series.) (English and Mandarin Chinese Edition) 1st Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
Unlike so many other programs, IC doesn't just focus on speaking the language, but incorporates all areas that make learning a language complete (listening, speaking, reading and writing). But, what makes this program excellent isn't merely the integrated approach, but its sequence and methodology that lay a solid foundation to build upon, making learning the language much easier and faster.
All language components are introduced to the reader from the very beginning, and this text quickly gets to the basics of the language. Chinese characters and their Pinyin Romanizations in simplified Chinese are covered in a logical sequence that increases retention. [Traditional characters are included in the back of the text in Level 1, Parts 1 & 2, while they are provided along side the simplified characters in Level 2.] A good explanation of character formulation and stroke order (keys to writing/reading) and thorough coverage of pronounciation (keys to listening and speaking) get you going quickly.
An important note: Pinyin, unfortunately, does not always indicate pronounciation very well, so, for this program to really be effective, you need the textbook and accompanying audio at the very minimum. Trying to decipher Chinese sounds in writing is far from helpful. (Do you know what a bilabial aspirative plosive or a voiceless blade-palatal fricative are? If not, you won't get far without the accompanying audio.)
Using the workbook, workbook audio and character workbook make this a really complete learning sytem. I've been blown away by how much I've learned in a short time using this program. I cannot recommend it enough for anyone serious about learning Chinese.
Best of luck.
[This review refers to the Simplified Edition of the Integrated Chinese text book in particular, and the program in general. Level 1, Parts 1 & 2 are also available in a Traditional Character edition]