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Horcsog

Best books and audio for intermediate level and above?

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Horcsog

Hi all!

Right now I have three books that I can learn mandarin from, these are,

250 Essential Chinese Characters Volume 1 and 2: Revised Edition

and

Tuttle Learning Chinese Characters, Vol. 1: A Revolutionary New Way to Learn and Remember the 800 Most Basic Chinese Characters

As for the audio, I am listening to Pimsleur mandarin series, I will also have the Chinese.pod one.

My problem is, that these are mostly for the beginner level and once I reach intermediate, upper-intermediate level I will be left without materials.

Can you advise some great books in which I can also practice the character writing, and some audio sources as well which are designed for upper level?

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大肚男

I think Chinese pod has lessons for all levels. so does my favorite podcast popup chinese.

also look into csl pod, which is good listening practice

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giraffe

I wouldn't assume that after Pimsleur you will be ready for anything near intermediate level content.

If only it were so.

You might need to do lots more beginner content (but at a more challenging level).

I found the Assimil Chinese With Ease books 1 and 2 were a good follow up to Pimsleur.

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edelweis

so you recomment starting on novels only after you can read newspapers?

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daofeishi

No, not necessarily. I didn't intend the list to be a chronological list of what to do in what order. I just found that reading newspaper articles/magazines was a good way of easing into the project of reading a complete novel. Starting to read books before that is definitely doable, it's just about finding material that is not too demanding given one's own level.

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imron

I think this is generally true, mostly because at least general purpose newspapers will try to stick to a reduced character and vocab to ensure that they are readable to the masses. Books don't necessarily have this limitation, and are often full of all sorts of descriptive prose that requires a much larger vocabulary and knowledge of characters - although obviously this also depends on the author. Newspapers do have their own specialised vocab and sentence patterns, but it's a relatively small and consistent set across newspapers/articles, so once you are familiar with it it's not really a problem.

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edelweis

Thanks for the clarification. I was afraid I had been doing things in the wrong order.

Perhaps the important thing is to read something you enjoy reading, at least if learning Chinese is merely a hobby and you don't need to achieve a specific ability in a specific time frame.

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imron
Perhaps the important thing is to read something you enjoy reading

I think this is definitely the important thing. It's so much easier to find the motivation to read when you enjoy what you are reading.

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