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.
- 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.