Colloquial Chinese: The Complete Course for Beginners: A Complete Language Course (Colloquial Series) Paperback – 14 Sep 1995
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Kan Qian teaches in Oriental Studies at the University of Cambridge.
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I bought it before going to China to work, and it was worth it to see my Chinese teacher's face when I was able to pronounce the Chinese for 'I'm pleased to meet you' apparently first time. In reality it was because I'd spent a good hour playing the phrase on the CD.
But without a teacher to go through the things like basic pronounciation, which this book really skates over, I wonder how useful it would really be.
I also think you're better learning the characters from the start, because that is what the language is really composed of. Although this book covers a bit about the characters, it really is nothing like enough to gain any real understanding. And the characters which are shown in the later dialogues are too small for a beginner to read comfortably.
After each dialougue the author goes through any gramatical problems with concise explanations. Everything is explained brilliantly. This allows you to go back to the dialougues with your new understanding... ***Just don't be daunted by what may seem a long and complicated dialougue, as everything will be explained clearly***.
At the end of each chapter is a section about learning to write characters... If you wish to learn to write chinese you will definately need more material... however this book does provide a nice sample of chinese characters and again the expalnation and demonstrations are flawless.
Having been to China I can see this book is also true to it's name, providing some typical colloquialisms used by Chinese people.
This book is a very good place to start. HOWEVER it still cannot replace a tutor. If you want to learn Chinese the best place to start is a tutor... this is not simply because of the tones... the way pinyin words are pronounced is very important to start chinese... something that needs to be corrected by a person.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bit difficult to get in to, but after I already knew the basics this book proved very useful, and still is!Published 2 months ago by Fydrenak
So helpful, was recommended this by my tutor and so glad I was. Its perfect for beginners and so well laid out.Published 16 months ago by Shiylah
I bought this purely for the audio to use on my iPhone's. Whilst the ebook works the audio did not. I can tell you now there is no way to access the MP3 download. Read morePublished 16 months ago by SYUMI
This is the best starter I have found. Content is good, as are the notes. The only negative is the fact it suffers from the same as every other Chinese text book I've seen, namely... Read morePublished on 21 Mar. 2014 by Stoffle
A really easy structure to follow. My vocabulary is building faster than I thought and I also like the writing lessons.Published on 26 Jan. 2014 by Kinsey-Ross
The book has been ordered for my teaching, as my student has already got one. The content is exclusive, and easy to understand, and it is a good step by step guide for non-native... Read morePublished on 9 Dec. 2013 by carolwu