The two volume set is more than just a guide to reading and speaking Chinese, this course is above all a way of embracing the culture and mentality of the Chinese people. The aim of this course is to present the Chinese language as it is: a world of signs with their origin and the logic of their composition, represented by the most frequently used ones.
Brief Description: Volume 1
This introductory course not only serves as a textbook but also as a guide which, through a variety of routes (etymology, semantics, linguistics, graphics and culture), helping learners think in Chinese.
Each section includes a short reading, vocabulary words, and a grammar lesson, also with special instructions for the pronunciation of the four tones in standard Chinese and helpful memorization tips.
The 400 characters featured in Volume 1 will enable you to recognize at least 70% of the characters used in books and newspapers.
Brief Description: Volume 2
This volume helps learners advance the knowledge of Chinese and improve the language to a new level.
In 25 lessons, an addition of 500 most frequently used characters is introduced in a wider context of about 4,000 words formed with them.
The total 900 characters introduced in the two volumes will allow learners to recognize 90% of the Chinese characters met with in everyday reading.