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This review is from: Colloquial Chinese: The Complete Course for Beginners (Colloquial Series) (Audio CD)
I went for this book on the based on previous experience with 'basic & intermediate Cantonese' by Routledge which was also excellent.
I am half way through this course now, i can safely say this is one of the best self teach mandarin books i have tried, in fact its hard to put it down! Its really well laid out with the right balance of grammar and relevant vocabulary, audio material is also excellent.
In particular i like the introduction of Chinese characters with explanation of stroke order and simple analysis.