- Series: Level 1 Traditional Character Texts
- Publisher: Cheng & Tsui; Workbook edition (June 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0887272649
- ISBN-13: 978-0887272646
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.2 x 10.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 257 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,021,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Integrated Chinese, Level 1, Part 1: Workbook (Traditional Character Edition) (Level 1 Traditional Character Texts) Workbook Edition
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I would have been even happier if the textbook, workbook and character workbook became just one book instead of three. I found it inconvenient to carry three books to class every day.
Each chapter has two dialogues with vocabulary sections . These vocabulary windows have the traditional characters, pinyin and English translations printed clearly. I really appreciated this as some other books I have used have their characters too small to see the fine strokes clearly. The grammar sections explain everything very well , with explanatory sentences in traditional characters , pinyin and English translations. Again, the layout is neat and logical.
This book may not completely meet the needs of English learners, I understand.
I speak both Chinese and English; my recommendation for English learners is to supplement with other textbooks if possible. Even though this is Level 1, Part 1 , it assumes a lot. The first is probably that he/she who buys this book has a tutor or is being taught by someone knowledgeable in the language , whether in school or college.At the very least, one should probably have knowledge on how to properly pronounce the four tones. In my opinion, the book assumes fundamental knowledge of very basic Chinese; yes, it does start with simple Chinese words, but if you are looking for very basic words like 'gou' (dog), 'mao' (cat), 'cao' (grass), 'qiu' (ball) etc, you won't find it in a predominant context in this book.That is not to say that this book contains no basic words at all; it does, but leaves out many other basic type words like the ones I mentioned.
For English speaking self-learners, I recommend simpler grammar and reading books to start before jumping to these excellent Integrated books. These can be found at [...] and other online retailers.
Each chapter has a dialogue in chinese, with its pinyin and english translation; grammar lessons and a little explanation of Chinese culture pertaining to the chapter.
I have to admit that without a teacher explaining each chapter and it's vocabulary I would be lost. I would only suggest this book if you either have a teacher or someone of the like to help you along.