Integrated Chinese (Level 1)
by Tao-chung Yao and Yuehua Liu (Cheng & Tsui Company, 1997)
Review by: John Pasden
I didn’t use this book, but if it’s at all as good as Level 2 of the same series, then it’s a solid book. It has a good introduction with full explanation not only of tones, but of the phonetics of the Chinese language and how pinyin relates to it. This is important because pinyin is not a completely logical or consistent system.
The book follows the typical “new vocabulary, dialogue, grammar explanations, drills” pattern, but it does a good job of it. The grammar and vocabulary introduced are logical, useful, and functional. I have seen many books that introduce ridiculously difficult Chinese early on. This book doesn’t.
I see that this book comes in both traditional and simplified versions. (Keep in mind that most of mainland China uses simplified characters; Hong Kong and Taiwan use traditional characters.)
I 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.