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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Beijing Language & Culture University Press,China; 1 edition (1 Jan. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 7561910401
  • ISBN-13: 978-7561910405
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 20.8 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 673,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Ruth Poole on 21 Dec. 2010
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Though the cover and page layout looks pretty dull and dry, the content is good in that it quickly builds up a bank of vocabulary and practical, everyday expressions. I found it difficult at first to get to grips with all the different characters (people - not the the written ones!) in the book, even though they're introduced at the beginning, but maybe that's down to my lack of familiarity with Chinese names. It's also a bit strange the way there's a page of conversation and THEN you're told what the new vocabulary means but it seems to work for me. I also like the additional 'cultural explanations.'
Over all, I would recommend this book for spoken Mandarin if one has had had an introduction to the language as it appears to be pitched at about 'Entry Level 2'(only lip service is paid to the writing of characters)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lotte on 9 Mar. 2012
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A useful book to learn Chinese on your own or in class.
Watch out: this book uses traditional, not simplified, characters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ladyofleisure on 13 Jun. 2011
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This book is an ideal starting point for the absolute beginner, who wishes to study Mandarin Chinese. Its pace is slow and thorough. There is ample instruction for those wishing to learn to write Chinese characters.

This book is perhaps less useful for those wishing for a "quick fix" course prior to visiting China for a short period of time as a tourist.
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This product appears as available in 2 formats, Paperback and DVD-ROM, but these can hardly be considered interchangeable, to my mind. The DVD is just a collection of dialogues (scenes) that cannot really be followed by a beginner whereas the textbook is a proper one for studying.

Personally I see little value in the video unless someone can be helped by seeing people act as opposed to hearing them speak. No subtitles that I could find and no good way of repeating after speakers.
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