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Recently we have mailed some of these books for our overseas customers. This time, we specially keep one series of these books in stock. The detailed information about the books is as follows:

Chinese Made Easier (1)

http://shop.aaawww.net/mod8/detail.php?gid=450601&userid=7912&catid=662814

Chinese Made Easier (2)

http://shop.aaawww.net/mod8/detail.php?gid=450602&userid=7912&catid=662814

Chinese Made Easier (3)

http://shop.aaawww.net/mod8/detail.php?gid=450603&userid=7912&catid=662814

Chinese Made Easier (4)

http://shop.aaawww.net/mod8/detail.php?gid=450604&userid=7912&catid=662814

Chinese Made Easier (5)

http://shop.aaawww.net/mod8/detail.php?gid=450605&userid=7912&catid=662814

Hi Martin,

This time, I have a look at your books, they are really unique. No wonder some foreigners want to buy your books mentioned by name. Hope your revised ones will be more brilliant.

the different approaches to education in East and West. In the East, rote memory is key; in the West, creative expression of the subject matter ‘in your own words’ is what counts. Hence, in exams in the East, students lose marks if they don’t spout out the content exactly as per the textbook; in the West, students lose marks if they DO say it exactly as per the textbook!

I feel regret to admit that’s true. Although the situation is getting better than before, it’s still not better enough.

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just wanted to comment that while you may be correct in your reasoning for including the teachers handbook in the textbook, finding a teacher who will actually follow the guidelines may be a bigger problem. my teacher, who suggested that we use the cme book in the first place, still would not back off the ting-xie method of teaching, even after i pointed out that one of the principles of your text is to not get overwhelmed learning to write all the characters. i really liked the grammar explanations and overall usefulness of your text, so i went ahead and bought the whole series anyway, but i am skeptical as to how useful (or perhaps better stated, how often used) the teacher's handbook section will be.

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You are quite correct. I normally work with schools where the teachers, when hired, are told that they MUST use the Teachers Handbook -- at least to start off with until they have gained enough experience.

The sad thing is that China is bound up with this ting1li4 -- yu3fa3 -- du2xie3 false dichotomy.

Anyway, just bear in mind that China's history is 5,000 years old -- so change will come, albeit slower than we would like.

Best of luck with your studies -- and retraining your teacher.

Martin

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I've been in contact with Martin recently. He is traveling so I will post this for him. This is the latest location to get the book right here in Beijing:

> Xidan Bookstore:

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> 西圖書大廈

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> 北京市 西城區 西長安街17號 (西單路口東) 郵編:100031

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> 電話:6607 8477 6607 8535

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You can now buy Chinese Made Easier from (at least) the 4 following places:

Shaanxi Normal University Press: (029) 8530 7864

Bejing tu2shu1 da4sha4 3rd floor (Exit C of Xi1dan1 subway station)

By mail order from Ellen Zhu: Tel/Fax: (010) 6711 8567

E-mail: [email protected]

http://shop.aaawww.net/mod8/detail.php?gid=450601&userid=7912&catid=662814

It is also available in America from: http://store.yahoo.com/chinesemall-com/fistinchshco.html

I've just updated my website which also has all these details:

http://www.chinesemadeeasier.com/news.html

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The Wangfujing Bookstore in Beijing (NB The one at the south end, not the Foreign Languages one) also has stock - I picked up one of the set of five to have a look at what all the fuss is about (and quite possibly learn something), will post some thoughts once I've had a butcher's.

They didn't have the tapes or CDs though, and had no idea if / when they would - the woman I spoke to actually seemed quite surprised they even had books in Shaanxi.

Roddy

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i have no idea what a butcher's is - i thought it was a beer or sth - not that i assume that people from the UK are always talking abt alcohol or anything like that. i would google it but then how could i perpetuate the stereotype of yankee ignorance?

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I'm afraid that it's no use looking for tapes or CDs for Chinese Made Easier -- they're not available yet.

They're been recorded now and will be sold together with the books when the revised edition is published -- hopefully around Chinese New Year.

Please be patient friends! I'll keep you posted.

Martin

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If you can come up with CD quality audio (rather than dodgy tape versions recorded directly to CD, as is usually the case) and actually use the full capacity of the CD rather than spreading content over as many discs as possible to increase income, you'll get a big double thumbs up from all your users.

Apologies for dropping in the slang, I realise it can be a pain in the Gregory for those unfamiliar with it.

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Raoul,

Sorry for the long delay in replying. Believe it or not, the publishers are really close to publishing the 2nd edition. Hopefully this will be around March 1, and the latest by April 1. The CDs that will be sold with the 2nd edition will be of high quality. There will also be a Workbook published at the same time to go with Books 3 & 4.

Please be patient for just a little longer.

Martin

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Sorry for delay in replying -- and even more sorry that the revised edition isn't out yet. The latest information from the publishers is that it will be out by mid-May, together with a Workbook for Books 3 & 4.

There is also a software company in Beijing working on an digital/online version which should hopefully also be out around May.

Keep an eye on my website for the latest news re. 2nd edition: www.chinesemadeeasier.com

Martin

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