I bought this book as a companion to the excellent 'Practical Guide' by the same authors.
The concept is good - exercises that test and reinforce what has been taught in the Guide. The book has the same attractive and easy-to-use design as the Guide. It is helpful to have the answers at the end of the book.
Unfortunately some of the exercises are unsatisfactory. In some cases the answers directly contradict the advice given in the Guide. The leaves the learner wondering whether the answers are incorrect or whether there are alternative usages, not explained in the Guide. In other cases the answers introduce new concepts or vocabulary that the learner could not possibly be expected to learn from the Guide. An example of a particularly unhelpful set of exercises is the one on prepositions.
This book could have been really useful if it had been checked more carefully (it is difficult to imagine that any learners were asked to trial the exercises before publication). It would also have been useful if the answers were accompanied by explanatory notes.
The book is not a total disaster but it could have been much better.
I am studying Conversational Mandarin and have taken two exams., at level-1 and level -2. This is the first time I have used Kindle ebooks reader for Mandarin. The book is very helpful and extremely well laid out with pharases excercises and revision. My only advise to the author is that the answers are right at the back of the book rather than after the end of each chapter. This means that you have to go to the back of the book to find if you have got the right answer to the excercise. I hope the author would take notice and assist in providing the answers at the end of each chapter. It would benefit the reader as well as the learner.
The better grammar I ever bought! Subjects are divided in chapters and the explainations are simple and good. Each chapter has lots of examples for a better understanding. Inspite of pinyn each phrase is written in traditional and simplified characters.
I have found this book particularly helpful in my self-study of Mandarin. The exercises as useful and they are helping me put the grammar I am learning into practice. However, I have one main gripe with the kindle edition. Some of the Mandarin characters are produced in images of such low quality that they are impossible to make out and read effectively. This means that to be able to complete the exercises the pinyin sometimes needs to be looked up in a dictionary in order to understand fully how to write the characters. It wouldn't be too difficult to fix this, and I wish that they would as otherwise this book is a useful resource.
This is a brilliant accompaniment to the Modern Mandarin Chinese Grammar book- one of the best resources for Chinese learners on the market. Using the books in tandem means you can read about a grammar point, and then turn to the corresponding chapter in the workbook to find exercises to help cement this knowledge. The book also includes answers, is extremely well laid out and user-friendly. Highly recommended!