Mandarin Companion has published a collection of graded readings in different levels. The collection Breakthrough Level is limited to 150 characters and it is targeted to students who have been studying Chinese for a year approximately.
The key point of this series of books is to approach interesting readings with absorbing plots which allow readers into a "extensive" reading. In other words, readers must understand 98% of the words so that they can enjoy the book and at the same time the experience turns into a motivation to keep studying and they get good reading habits.
This type of readings allow students to observe vocabulary in different contexts , learn different meanings of the words, review grammatical structures etc. All difficult words are translated and they can be found in an index at the end of the book written in characters, pinyin and English
Plot offered by the publishers
Dapeng and Wendong are best friends attending the same college. When the beautiful Zixin arrives on campus, they soon discover they both share an interest in her. To preserve their friendship, they make a promise not to pursue her. However, when Wendong sees Zixin going for a ride in Dapeng’s car, the truce dissolves into a battle between the two friends trying to gain the affection of Zixin. Whom does she really like, or are they “Just Friends?”The main characters of this story are:
- 钱大朋(Qián Dàpéng)
- 谢文东(Xiè Wéndōng)
- 周子心(Zhōu Zixīn)
- 谢妈妈(Xiè Māmā)
- 谢爸爸(Xiè Bàba)