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Intermediate Chinese [Paperback]

Yong Ho
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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Hippocrene Books Inc.,U.S.; Pap/Com edition (1 Mar 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0781810965
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781810968
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 854,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This continuation builds on the material in the earlier book, allowing users to expand their familiarity with Mandarin Chinese. The new audio CD feature is especially helpful to learning and understanding the language as spoken. The ten lessons, although similar in structure to those in the earlier volume, provide a stronger emphasis on grammar and vocabulary. The glossary features vocabulary lists from both volumes.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very useful 25 Sep 2012
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Unlike some other Chinese language books on the market, this one caters to serious students who want to progress, using clear explanations and translations, and most of all, I, for one, believe that it fills the gap between more basic courses and higher levels ahead.
Had there been courses like this when I first started learning this language, I sure wouldn't have suffered so much.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource for learning Chinese 28 Dec 2013
By Rune V
This is one of the best laid out and most useful textbooks I've come across. The label "intermediate" might be a bit misleading, though. I'd categorize it as suitable for pre-intermediate students altough the second half of the book definitely moves into intermediate level territory. All the chapters contain very useful and applicable vocab and grammar that is common in both daily conversations and in a business context. The author also does a good job explaining the various new grammar structures in the dialogues and how they differ from English syntax. I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone trying to take their Chinese to the next level - no matter if you're doing self-study or have a teacher to help you.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good book 9 Nov 2009
I really recommend this book after the beginners, it is a bit easier than other intermediate books. And it comes with a CD! Enjoy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent continuation of the first volume 31 Dec 2006
By Eds Word - Published on
This continuation of Yong Ho's "Beginning Chinese" follows a slightly different format, First of all, it does not have the cultural insight digressions that made the first volume so enjoyable (however the useful "Language Points" are still there). Secondly the structure of the chapters are different; this volume has reading and translation exercises that the first volume didnt have (not a surprising development as one progresses in learning the language). Thirdly the quality and organization of the CD is much improved over the CDs found in "Beginning Chinese." The book concludes with a guide on internet resources and computing in Chinese that is very helpful. As is the case for Ho's "Beginning Chinese" and his "Chinese-English Frequecy Dictionary" you'll get some grammatical insights to Mandarin that are difficult to find elsewhere.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Maybe intermediate-Biginner Chinese? 22 Feb 2006
By chaica - Published on
The title of this book is a little bit misleading because it is not really an intermediate level book, and for that reason, I am a bit crestfallen, although it looks interesting.

Each chapter consists of the following:

1- dialogues

2- reading in Chinese, usually 5 to 15 sentences.

3- vocabulary list

4- linguistic explanation of focused materials

5- exercises

Nices: It has many more pictures than many other language textbooks would (even though they should), and I think this is very nice; it makes the learning more vivid. Linguistic explanations look very explicit. Some of the supplementary activities look interesting, too. The price is quite reasonable for a textbook with an audio CD. Please note: there is only 1 CD, and not 2. There are reading passages about Chinese culture in Chinese, which I found very useful because when one learns a foreign language, s/he must also learn the culture in which the target language is used (learning a language is not just a task of translating something from one language to another).

Not Nices: It looks like every Chinese character in the book has pinyin on it, and this, for some reasons, annoys me a little bit because it make this textbook full of words. If this book is for intermediate learners of Chinese, we probably do not need pinyin for every word such as "wo (I, me)" "ni (you)" shenme (what)" ... Audio recordings are too slow, too; I edited them using a software programme on my computer, and I played them x2 faster than the original, but they were still slow enough for me to repeat after them without looking at the scripts (perform shadowing). Also this textbook is DEFINITELY NOT for intermediate learners. It would be more acurate to entitle this book "Biginner's Chinese Level 2" or something. If you have mastered the basic grammar rules of Chinese, you will be able to enjoy this book; probably suitable for 2nd semester of Chinese for college students. This book would be for intermediate-beginners.

(For intermediate learners of Chinese, I would probably recommend "Yuandi" published by Department of Chinese, The University of Tokyo. ISBN: 4130821075 without CDs, and ISBN: 4130821156 with 2 CDs. You can get that from Amazon in Japan, not Amazon river, but the bookstore Amazon. Japanese Amazon has a website in English as well, and there isn't much written in Japanese in this textbook; pretty much everything is written in Chinese, but lots of fun readings, enjoyable, juicy!)

But anyways, thank you very much for reading my review until the end.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winning text by Yong Ho 5 Jun 2005
By Clopper Almon Jr - Published on
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Please see my review of "Beginner's Chinese with 2 Audio CDs".

"Intermediate Chinese" is even better than "Beginner's Chinese" because the font for the characters is large enough to be easily read. All of the good things said about the first book apply also to this one.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars useful guide to chinese language 4 Jan 2007
By I. Rubin - Published on
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I had some chinese language many years ago and wanted to renew it, and especially to get a handle on spoken chinese, as I can read reasonably well. the dialogues were useful, the grammar lessons and exercises especially good.

I wish there were a third book I could go to from this one.
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought this as a present and they loved it! 17 Nov 2013
By ABC317 - Published on
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dBought this for a co-worker that was thinking about learning Chinese. Well I gave him a great big push by purchasing this as well as the beginning version!
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