Intermediate Written Chinese: Read and Write Mandarin Chinese As the Chinese Do
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Intermediate Written Chinese: Read and Write Mandarin Chinese As the Chinese Do

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This is an intermediate-level course in written Chinese that employs a revolutionary new method designed to have you quickly reading and writing simple, connected Chinese sentences. The Basic Chinese and Intermediate Chinese books provide separate but integrated "tracks" to help you learn to speak, read, and write Chinese efficiently at your own pace. Some students and teachers wish to emphasize speaking ability first, whereas others wish to focus on learning to speak, read, and write Chinese at the same time. Intermediate Written Chinese allows you the flexibility to learn the written language and the written Chinese at your own pace. Learn to use 336 high-frequency characters, and over 1,200 common words written with them. Together with the 288 characters and 700 words introduced in Basic Written Chinese, a total of 624 characters and more than 1,900 words are formally taught in this two-volume course. In addition, another 199 supplementary characters and over 700 supplementary words are introduced for extra learning, meaning that you will have encountered a grand total of 823 characters and over 2,600 words by the end of this course. Carefully designed to have you quickly reading and writing connected Chinese sentences. Each lesson introduces six new characters and a number of words written with them. By dividing the learning into small tasks, you attain a sense of accomplishment rather than getting bogged down. The structure and etymology of each new character is explained in detail to make the learning of characters easier, and similar characters are compared and contrasted. Some lessons include realia such as photographs of street signs, name cards, e-mail messages, and handwritten notes. Both simplified and traditional characters are taught throughout; you may choose to learn one or both. Features a variety of fonts in both typeset and handwritten styles, to prepare you to use Chinese in many different contexts-from reading signs and newspapers to computers and mobile phone texts. The accompanying CD-ROM includes: Over 6 hours of audio by several native Mandarin speakers. Recordings of all reading selections. Recordings with the pronunciations of all new characters and words. Additional lessons and reading selections. Available separately, Intermediate Written Chinese Practice Essentials is the companion workbook for Intermediate Written Chinese. This practical guide includes a broad range of drills and exercises designed to enhance your proficiency in reading and writing Chinese dramatically. While designed for use with the companion textbook, it can be used together with any Chinese textbook or teaching program to hone your Chinese reading and writing skills.

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
ISBN: 9780804840200
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 1588 g
Dimensions: 279 x 216 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Outstanding for its carefully graduated presentation of material ... and perhaps most important of all, its separation of the task of learning to speak the language from the very different processes of learning to read and write Chinese characters ... The most exciting Chinese language textbook I have seen in many years." -Dr. James E. Dew, retired associate professor of Chinese, Univ. of Michigan; former Director of the Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies in Taipei
"A breath of fresh air ... Its dual track for spoken and written language finally gives American students a chance to develop oral proficiency without being slowed down by the character writing ... An ideal textbook for any program that seeks to advance rapidly in spoken Chinese and to fully prepare the students for their encounter with China." -Dr. Jingqi Fu, Associate Professor of Chinese, St. Mary's College of Maryland
"Contextualized so learners know not only what to say, but why, when, and with whom it is appropriate to use such language - thorough and clear - refreshing." -Dr. Matthew Christensen, Associate Professor of Chinese, Brigham Young University
"Revolutionary in its approach ... The dream of having engaged and fully-prepared students in every class is an easily reachable reality for any program that adopts this series." -Professor Cecilia Chang, Chair, Department of Asian Studies, Williams College
"An ingenious introduction - Basic Spoken Chinese is the finest textbook for learning Modern Standard Mandarin that I have ever encountered." -Dr. Victor H. Mair, Professor of Chinese Language and Literature, University of Pennsylvania
"Kubler's books distinguish themselves with natural, culturally-rooted dialogues, detailed notes (for both written and spoken language), generous practice activities and an amazing care for organization. These books will be valuable tools for both students and their teachers." -Prof. Eric Pelzl, Wisconsin Lutheran College
"ISC/IWC represents an ambitious attempt to work out the complex logistics involved in coordinating the two tracks with different foci and schedules ... truly 'in a league of its own...'" -The Journal of the Chinese Language Teachers Association
"The ideal material for any committed learner embarking on the journey of learning the Chinese language." -Dr. Jun Yang, Senior Lecturer in Chinese, University of Chicago

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