Jump to content
Chinese-Forums
  • Sign Up

Please Recommend Pinyin Workbook, General Text & Dictionary


leosmith

Recommended Posts

Hi, I’m going to start learning Chinese January of 2007. I would like to “get all my ducks in a row”, and try to find the best text, dictionary(s), and supplementary book(s) for my study plan. For dictionaries, if a handheld device is better than a book, I’d like to know about it. I want to use internet only as last resort, if my books don’t work.

Ok, now I have to tell you something about myself and study plan, so that you can figure out the best fit. I’m a North American native English speaker; speak Japanese with knowledge of 2000 characters; speak Thai, which is a 5 tone language. My first year study plan:

1. Start Pimsleur (7 hrs per week), start learning pinyin (7 hrs per week). Start a vocabulary list that will contain all the words I learn, plus some phrases.

2. When I’m comfortable with pinyin, start RTH (8 hrs per week), start text (4 hrs per week), continue Pimsleur (7hrs per week).

3. When I’ve finished Pimsleur and RTH, take private conversation lessons (5hrs class, 5 hrs study per week). Convert vocabulary list to traditional characters, and learn to read it (10 hrs per week). No text for this time.

(notes – all reviews done on supermemo, this is self study to be done in the US, in an area where there are very few Chinese or Chinese classes)

In order to get a good Text & dictionary combination, I assume I’ll need to learn pinyin. It also seems logical to me that my text should include traditional characters, since that is what I’m familiar with. I’d like my books to work well together, if possible.

Thanks in advance,

Leo

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Hi,

I reckon Pimsleur Mandarin is great. I also personally find the following very helpful:

Basic Chinese; A Grammar and Workbook (Routledge Grammars) (Paperback) ISBN: 0415160375

Intermediate Chinese; A Grammar and Workbook (Routledge Grammars) (Paperback)ISBN: 0415160391

ABC Chinese-English Dictionary: Alphabetically Based Computerized (ABC Chinese Dictionary) (Paperback) ISBN: 0824821548

Chinese Character Fast Finder (Paperback) ISBN: 0804836345

Here's my amazon reviews (sorry, you can sift through those which reflect my other interests to those about Chinese):

http://tinyurl.com/j4m4n

Hope the link works. I'm not sure what happens when a link with a personalised cookie is passed on - does it just become depersonalised?

雅各

Link to comment
Share on other sites

The link works, but as you seem to have 54 reviews to look at and on the first page at least only one is relevant it might be an idea to provide specific links.

For dictionaries, if a handheld device is better than a book, I’d like to know about it.

Have a search on here for 'Plecodict' and you'll get plenty of info on the leading PDA dictionary.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Basic Chinese; A Grammar and Workbook (Routledge Grammars) (Paperback) ISBN: 0415160375

Intermediate Chinese; A Grammar and Workbook (Routledge Grammars) (Paperback)ISBN: 0415160391

ABC Chinese-English Dictionary: Alphabetically Based Computerized (ABC Chinese Dictionary) (Paperback) ISBN: 0824821548

Chinese Character Fast Finder (Paperback) ISBN: 0804836345

I ordered 3 of these (I'm holding off on the intermediate grammar for now) today. Your reviews are excellent. Can you suggest a basic text too? I posted this question under "resources and general studies", but haven't had a response yet.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and select your username and password later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Click here to reply. Select text to quote.

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

×
×
  • Create New...