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There are better alternatives if you want to study Chinese by yourself,
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Having done an intensive beginners Chinese language course at SOAS for a month, the first two books of Chinese in Steps was used for the course. I would say that this choice is based on the fact that the author is the Chinese co-ordinator for the SOAS language centre as the Chinese department at SOAS uses a different book to teach their beginners class.
If you are intending to self-study Chinese, I would not recommend this book. The grammar explanation are not explained clearly and do not give enough examples. There are mistakes such as incorrect tones marked - considerably more so in the second book. My classmates had the 2009 reprint of the second book while the teacher and I had the 2006 and it seemed that there were more mistakes with the later edition with missing pages, duplicates pages and some pages not in numerical sequence. You often find that exercises require vocabulary not yet covered which can be irritating to say the least. As it is, the teaching that I received at SOAS was excellent therefore with good supervision then these book are adequate.
Having read the reviews regarding the CDs, the matter of lessons being separated into their constituent parts has been rectified in the Book 1 CDs but this is not the case for Book 2. Although this could be simply pertaining to the CDs accompanying my edition of Book 2 (2006 print).
I am intending to continue studying Chinese by myself and I do not intend to use Book 3 and 4 for self-study.
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Initial post: 28 Jan 2011 12:07:24 GMT
Could you say what a better book is then please?
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