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About Language - Tasks for Teachers of English (Ca&hellip by Scott Thornbury
This is not the kind of book that you can just sit down and read through page by page. It consists of a series of tasks on all aspects of the English language, ranging from phonetic sounds and words to sentences and texts. To complete all the tasks in this book takes a long time. I have now covered 2 thirds of it and this was in two weeks of studying two chapters a day.

It is quite a lot of hard work to get through and the tasks, although engaging, can be quite exhausting. This is because Thornbury makes you work for the knowledge. Rather than just feeding it to you, he encourages you to find it for yourself in a variety of authentic texts.

I think this is a very… Read more
Easy Peasy Chinese: Mandarin Chinese for Beginners&hellip by Elinor Greenwood
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ideal for beginners, 11 Dec 2009
To someone who was a complete beginner in Chinese like me, I would say this book is ideal. It helps you to befriend yourself with Chinese characters through large colourful pictures and very simple, clear explanations. I also like the CD a lot: the pronunciation exercises are clear and easy to follow and I have found that listening to the CD on a regular basis has helped me a great deal in familiarising myself with the tones of the language.

The only negative point about the book is that some of the tracks only give you English translations of the Chinese words and do not give you enough time to repeat the sounds to yourself. For an auditory learner like myself, I sometimes… Read more
Beijing for Beginners: An Irishman in the People's&hellip by Gary Finnegan
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read, 4 Oct 2009
The thing that I loved about this book is that it gives you a very down-to-earth description of what it is like for a Westerner to adjust to life in China. Indeed, if you are planning to go to China (as I am), this is a book that will give you great reality check before you decide to pack your bags and leave for the Far East. There is so much useful information about the challenges that Westerners face when trying to settle down in China, such as dodging flying swirls of saliva to repeatedly turning down prostitutes at your hotel room door.

At the same time, however, Gary also helps us to appreciate China for what it is. Through his comical observations of locals queueing up to… Read more

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