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Review: An Elementary Course in Scientific Chinese

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Silent

Thanks for the extensive write up. I'm planning to order (part of) the series too. Based on your review I'm probably better off with listening & speaking volumes then the reading volume?

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lechuan

Yes, the "listening and speaking" books are the main textbooks. Reading/Listening comprehension books are meant as supplements. The reading book is coming up in round 3 of the giveaway...

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rmpalpha

Would this be suitable for a deaf person (I'm a chemist and my Chinese reading ability is probably intermediate)? I'm uneasy about the main text being "Listening and Speaking" books.

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lechuan

All the audio material is also printed, so you wouldn't be missing any content if you didn't listen to the MP3s.

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lechuan

Now that I've received book 2, here's a rough breakdown of how many chapters are devoted to each type of Science. Note that there's a bit of overlap in some, so I had to make a choice. More general articles about technology, I labelled as Technology. Lots of good coverage for Physics/Chemistry/Math, Moderate for Earth Science and Astronomy. Absolutely no biology.

 

Physics:    04 10 12 20 21 24 25 26 30 32 36 38 41 43 44 45 48 55 56 59 60

Chemistry:  01 03 05 13 14 19 22 33 51 53 58

Math:       08 09 11 15 40 49 50 52 57

Technology: 23 27 31 34 35 37 39 42 54

Earth:      02 06 16 28 29 46

Astronomy:  07 17 18 47

Biology:    N/A

 

Note: Chapters 1-30 in Book 1. 31-60 in Book 2.

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Elizabeth_rb

Mmmm, something Sir might be interested in should he get an engineering/tech job in the future that also requires his Mandarin skills.  Thanks!

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trisha2766

So, only book 1 covers Life Sciences? 

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msittig

> Lots of good coverage for Physics/Chemistry/Math, Moderate for Earth Science and Astronomy. Absolutely no biology.

 

Mirrors the gaokao.

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trisha2766

Even book 1? That's too bad, that's what I would be most interested in.

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