- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Edexcel; 1 edition (25 Aug. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1846905176
- ISBN-13: 978-1846905179
- Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 1.2 x 26.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Edexcel GCSE Chinese Student Book Paperback – 25 Aug 2009
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My only real problem with the book is the vocabulary section at the back which is not alphabetical nor even ordered according to radicals as in most dictionaries...it takes longer to find it in the back than it does to go through a chinese dictionary to find it.
In conclusion, if you have
-a fairly good knowledge of basic chinese (or a slightly basic level but in search of a challenge and prepared to spend half your time looking things up in a dictionary) then this is a good book.
If however, you have little or no knowledge of chinese and you're studying on your own, I would steer clear- there are plenty of other better books to support your learning.
The whole book has a very strong emphasis on delivery using Chinese characters from the outset and clearly relies on pronunciation practise being gained from the teacher - not much good if you are teaching yourself. It would have been so easy for Edexcel to have included Pinyin pronunciation guides alongside the new vocabulary in each section but alas they have chosen the more elitist approach and as a result have elevated this book to a middle entry Chinese course.
All that said, the text is lively and colourfully laid out with good intersting features for atudents. It will provide a good reference base for continued study but, as said above, will lose many potential learners due to the heavy character usage. Learning any language is primarily about speaking it. For European languages the written work is easy due to the common Roman script but I feel that when that language has no alphabet, like Chinese, to put so much emphasis on reading and writing the script at this early stage, somewhat defeats the object of learning to speak.
This is a good book if you already have a reasonable grasp of the spoken and character written language, or if you are studying the course with a teacher. If not, leave it on the shelf.
Do we have to pay for the CD for this book separately ? Or should I return ask for the replacement which has the audio CD for the book.
I will change to Kuaile Hanyu when I have my only GCSE groups from beinning, follow all three book through. Layout very clear in terms of the character and grammar focus. People's Education Press writes all the textbooks in China, I have my faith in them, not just for the name, but for practical reasons.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It has everything you need for your child to be successful in Chinese at this levelPublished 4 months ago by Danni Shah
Lots of people have been saying it's not for beginners but of course it's not. Hence the title GCSE. However it is a good book for revision for the chinese GCSE exam.Published 9 months ago by Shanz