- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Cheng & Tsui; 3rd edition (August 6, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0887276385
- ISBN-13: 978-0887276385
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.2 x 10.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (254 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Integrated Chinese: Simplified Characters Textbook, Level 1, Part 1 3rd Edition
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The approach, the contents, and the layout are almost perfect; my students of first year Chinese cannot believe that they are making such great progress. --Yu Feng, Professor of Chinese, Brandeis University
This new edition of Integrated Chinese is an outstanding achievement. Complete with interesting cultural notes, useful authentic materials, and a wealth of interactive exercises, the authors have outdone themselves AGAIN! --Dr. Zoe Wu, Chinese Language Program, Pasadena City College
Overall, we would rate Integrated Chinese as superior, innovative, and extremely versatile. We recommend it without hesitation as an invaluable core component of a Chinese language program at both the high school and college levels. --Lisa M. Carlucci, MS, MA, Robbinsville (NJ) High School/Washington Township Public Schools-Mercer and Franco Paoletti, PhD, East Windsor (NJ) Regional School District
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I was wrong.
The reviews include reviews for the textbook which caused the confusion. I wish the seller would make more efforts to keep reviews for the two different products separated.
The mix of reviews led me to buy a product I would not have bought otherwise.
While it is not necessarily wrong to sell a workbook that completely depends on other products, that information needs to be clear in the description - especially when the reviews cover multiple products.
I recently decided to learn Mandarin but I work full-time and my schedule isn't flexible enough where I would be able to take night courses, so I set out to teach myself (with the help of my girlfriend, a native speaker). I looked up several books on Amazon and cross referenced them to local universities to see which were "tried and true" for college level learning. The Integrated Chinese series appeared to be widely used so I purchased the level 1 part 1 textbook and workbook.
There are 10 chapters and each chapter is broken down into two sub-chapters that are identical in structure. Each sub-chapter begins with a dialogue that introduces that new words and grammar rules. Next you are presented with a vocabulary list of new words which generally will consist of 10-20 new words. After the vocab list comes the new grammar rules followed by practice exercises. Each chapter has a theme such as hobbies, traveling, family, etc.
The textbook is easy to follow and the grammar rules are explained in plain English. Level 1 Part 1 is what I would expect from 1 semester of college level language studies. If you're teaching yourself, you'll need someone to help you with your pronunciation. They offer language CDs separately so you can listen to the dialogues, but I didn't bother purchasing them so I'm unable to comment on them. I did purchase the workbook but haven't used it at all because the practice sections in the textbook have been sufficient. Overall I would recommend this book to someone who is motivated to learn Mandarin and at a pace comparable to a college level course.
Only way to obtain the answer key is to contact Cheng & Tsui.
However, they won't give you the passcode unless you are affiliated with a learning institution.
They told me that they can't give me the answer key due to security reasons.
[How can anyone sell a workbook without providing an answer key???]
Integrated Chinese is one of two programs commonly used in U.S. University and College Chinese programs, and is, in my opinion, the best program for English speakers to learn Chinese that I've ever seen. [The other program, the Practical Chinese Reader series, is also reasonably good, but doesn't introduce the key grammar, writing and pronounciation rules from the beginning, doesn't focus as heavily on radicals early on as it should, and the sequence of lessons isn't as useful.]
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.
On this workbook in particular:
This workbook is a very useful companion to the Integrated Chinese text book, giving you additional hands on, practical experience in listening to and speaking the Chinese language. NOTE: It primarily focuses on listening comprehension and reading exercises, which requires the workbook audio (cassette or CD). Reading comprehension, writing and grammar are covered to a lesser extent.
I've used several Chinese textbooks, and this one is by far the best. It is very intelligently written, with clear explanations of grammar and usage, and great dialogues and exercises. Unlike the majority of drab Chinese textbooks, this one is a pleasure to read - attractive to look at, with colour and some photos and illustrations. Also great are the "Culture Highlights" at the end of chapters which give more information about language in a cultural context. The book contains the following topics: Greetings, Family, Dates and Time, Hobbies, Visiting Friends, Making Appointments, Studying Chinese, School Life, Shopping, Transportation.
Overall an excellent beginning textbook which I can highly recommend to anyone who wishes to or is already studying Chinese. Along with the supplements (Audio CDs and Multimedia DVDs - which I cannot attest to), it would be highly appropriate for self-study.