Integrated Chinese (Level 2)
20 Nov 2003
by Yuehua Liu and Tao-chung Yao (Cheng & Tsui Company, 1997)
Review by: John Pasden
This is the series I used at University of Florida when I first started studying Chinese. I used a different book for my first year, and used this one for half a year before coming to China. This book is excellent for the intermediate learner. I didn’t realize it at the time, but every vocabulary word in this book is useful. You may not realize the significance of that statement, but a lot of books will teach you words that are overly formal or outdated. This book teaches great real vocab. I felt stupid for not studying this book harder before coming to China, because again and again I’d learn a “new word” in some real life context in China only to later discover that it was in this textbook all along, and I just hadn”t learned it well. This book is great.
The book follows the typical “new vocabulary, dialogue, grammar explanations, drills” pattern, but it does a good job of it.
This book uses both traditional and simplified characters. All dialogues, vocabulary words, and sample sentences in the grammar sections and drills are written in both character sets. You can choose which you want to study, or study both. It”s great.
I highly, highly recommend this book. I have never seen it for sale in mainland China.
For a teacher’s viewpoint, don’t miss Prince Roy’s guest review of this series.