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Best Chinese Learning Books That Will Hook You

Our list of some of the best Chinese Learning books & series in recent years. Get inspired by one or more of the following books.

1. Integrated Chinese: Simplified Characters Textbook, Level 1, Part 1 (English and Chinese Edition) (2008)

Best Chinese Learning Books That Will Hook YouCheng & Tsui s best-loved Chinese textbook series is new, revised, and better than ever! Integrated Chinese is already the leading introductory Chinese textbook at colleges and universities around the world. The third edition of this time-tested series has been fully updated to meet the needs of today s students with new communicative and interactive exercises, a full-color design, up-to-date vocabulary, enhanced cultural coverage, a diverse cast of characters, and a realistic storyline linking all the dialogues and readings. The second edition will remain available to order. 1. 20 lessons in Level 1, for easier academic…
Author(s): Yuehua Liu

2. Learning Mandarin Chinese Characters Volume 1: The Quick and Easy Way to Learn Chinese Characters! (HSK Level 1 & AP Exam Prep) (2017)

Best Chinese Learning Books That Will Hook YouLearning Mandarin Chinese Characters helps students quickly learn the essential Chinese characters that are fundamental to the language. This character workbook presents 178 Chinese characters and over 534 standard words using these characters. It is intended for self-study and classroom use and includes the characters and words students need to know if they plan to take the official Chinese government HSK Level 1 Exam or the Advanced Placement (AP) Chinese Language and Culture Exam. Each character is presented plainly and transparently. A step-by-step diagram…
Author(s): Yi Ren

3. Reading and Writing Chinese: Third Edition, HSK All Levels (2,349 Chinese Characters and 5,000+ Compounds) (2013)

Best Chinese Learning Books That Will Hook YouLearning written Chinese is an essential part of mastering the Chinese language. Used as a standard by students and teachers learning to read Chinese and write Chinese for more than three decades, the bestselling Reading & Writing Chinese has been thoroughly revised and updated. Reading & Writing Chinese places at your fingertips the essential 1,725 Chinese characters’ current definitions, derivations, pronunciations, and examples of correct usage by utilizing cleverly condensed grids. This guide also focuses on Pinyin, which is the official system to transcribe Hanzi,…
Author(s): William McNaughton, Jiageng Fan

4. Mandarin Chinese for Beginners: Learning Conversational Chinese (Fully Romanized and Free Online Audio) (2019)

Best Chinese Learning Books That Will Hook YouChinese is a fascinating language that can seem impossibly difficult to learn at first, but is relatively easy if you focus on the spoken aspect. This revised edition contains new dialogues, cultural notes, IT and social media vocabulary, and new manga illustrations. This book is designed for everyone who wants to learn to speak and understand colloquial Chinese—whether it is for business, pleasure, or travel to China. A lighthearted guide that brings Chinese to life in a down-to-earth fashion, Mandarin Chinese for Beginners makes language learning fun. Mandarin Chinese for Beginners contains…
Author(s): Yi Ren, Xiyuan Liang

5. Big Chinese Workbook for Little Hands (Kindergarten Level, Ages 5+) (Volume 1) (2016)

Best Chinese Learning Books That Will Hook YouNew feature added! Now you can scan the QR code on each page to listen to the sound recordings. www.BigChineseWorkbook.comA new approach to writing characters (simplified). A breakthrough in teaching Chinese to young learners. Fun and easy to learn.Designed for kids living in English speaking countries and/or regions, Chinese heritage or non-Chinese heritage. Fulfilled with fun activities that provide training in pre-writing skills (6 basic strokes and 19 most commonly used compound strokes), language skills such as colors, shapes, numbers, dates, and sight words (most frequently used characters). Also introduces the unique…
Author(s): Yang Yang , Qin Chen, et al.

6. Learning Mandarin Chinese Characters Volume 2: The Quick and Easy Way to Learn Chinese Characters! (HSK Level 2 & AP Study Exam Prep Book) (2017)

Best Chinese Learning Books That Will Hook YouLearning Mandarin Chinese Characters helps students quickly learn the essential Chinese characters that are fundamental to the language. This character workbook is intended for self-study or classroom use and presents 135 high-frequency characters and over 405 prevalent words using these characters. These are the characters and words students need to know if they plan to take the official Chinese government HSK Level 2 Exam or the Advanced Placement (AP) Chinese Language and Culture Exam. Each character is presented in a straightforward way. A step-by-step diagram shows how to write…
Author(s): Yi Ren

7. Mandarin Chinese-English Bilingual Visual Dictionary (2018)

Best Chinese Learning Books That Will Hook YouFull-color images with detailed labels display all the elements of everyday life–from the home and office to sports, music, nature, and the countries of the world–with boxed features on key nouns, verbs, and useful phrases. Current words and phrases are featured. The free audio app is available in Apple (from the App Store) and Android (from Google Play) formats. This handy travel-sized guide also includes a detailed index for instant reference. The audio app, available for Apple (from the App Store) and Android (from Google Play), enables you to hear words…
Author(s): DK

8. Chinese Writing Practice Book Pinyin Tian Zi Ge Paper: Notebook Journal for Study and Calligraphy | Chinese Character Writing Blank Book | Textbook | … Language Learning Workbook) (Volume 2) (2017)

Best Chinese Learning Books That Will Hook YouNotebook Journal for Study and Calligraphy | Chineses Character Writing Chinese Characters and Pinyin Blank Book | Textbook | Grid Guide Lines | Pinyin Children Book – Chinese Writing Practice Book PinyinTian Zi Ge Paper – For Chinese character writing practice – Tian Zi Ge Paper / Chinese Characters – 9 x 12 Graphing Squares Per Page (Square : 0.75 x 0.75 Inch) – Size 8.5 x 11 Inches, 121 Pages #124,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #61 in Chinese Literature #160 in Language Experience Approach to Teaching #1101 in Education Workbooks (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this…
Author(s): Blank Book, Sara

9. Learning to Read Mandarin Chinese? 1000 Most Frequently Used Characters with Tone Colors! (2015)

Best Chinese Learning Books That Will Hook YouChinese characters are printed in black & white on one page and then again in tone on the next facing page, along with the Pinyin and a very brief English definition for each character.Test yourself by flipping from the black & white page to the color page, memorizing each character’s tone color and it’s Pinyin name. Eventually, by recalling the character’s color, you’ll be able to automatically know it’s correct tone.It’s very easy to remember which color represents each tone: 1. -> High Alert (High tone)2. -> Rising Sun (Rising tone)3. -> Green Valley…
Author(s): Wang Qila

10. Tuttle Learning Chinese Characters: (HSK Levels 1-3) A Revolutionary New Way to Learn the 800 Most Basic Chinese Characters; Includes All Characters for the AP & HSK 1-3 Exams (2007)

Best Chinese Learning Books That Will Hook YouAt last—there is a truly efficient and enjoyable way to learn Chinese characters! This book helps students to learn and remember both the meanings and the pronunciations of over 800 characters. This otherwise daunting task is made more accessible by the use of techniques based on the psychology of learning and memory. Fundamental principles include the use of visual imagery, the visualization of short “stories,” and the systematic building up of more complicated characters from basic building blocks. Although Learning Chinese Characters is a comprehensive book…
Author(s): Alison Matthews, Laurence Matthews

11. Chinese for Kids: 10 First Reader Books with Online Audio, Pinyin, Simplified Characters (Beginning to Learn Mandarin) Set 1 by Language Together (2016)

Best Chinese Learning Books That Will Hook YouDeveloped with teachers, the Spot Color Immersion Method® combines simple sentences, picture cues, context, repetition and humor to help kids learn beginner Mandarin vocabulary. Children soon read each page by themselves until they proudly finish their first little book, then all 10, an achievement that builds confidence and motivates them to continue learning Chinese. Kids learn the correct pronunciation by listening to the online audio narration by a native speaker. Set 1 features: Each reader has a theme: Family, Animals, Clothing, Colors, Face/Body, Fruit, Numbers,…
Author(s): Germaine Choe , Fei Rathbone-Han, et al.

12. Chinese Short Stories: 11 Simple Stories for Beginners Who Want to Learn Mandarin Chinese in Less Time While Also Having Fun (2019)

Best Chinese Learning Books That Will Hook YouWhat is the best way to learn Chinese? We should remember how we learned our own language when we were children. If we could learn a second language in the same way, it would not seem so difficult. Think of what a child does; he or she listens to what people say and tries to copy the words. When he or she wants something, they have to ask for it. They are using the language, speaking it, and thinking in it all the time. Thus, if a second language is also used as frequently, it will be learned very quickly.The main purpose of this book is to…
Author(s): Daily Language Learning

13. Get Talking Chinese: Mandarin Chinese for Beginners (2007)

Best Chinese Learning Books That Will Hook YouReady…set…talk! This compact guide provides a fun and easy way to get a handle on all aspects of Mandarin Chinese—reading, writing, speaking, and listening—as well as a look at the fantastic culture of China.    – Includes a 60-minute pronunciation CD  – Easy-to-use format makes the process of learning Mandarin enjoyable  – Teaches readers how to identify and pronounce Chinese characters  – Culture pages reveal amazing facts about modern China  – Includes 200 characters that most books leave out #229,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #264…
Author(s): DK

14. The First 100 Chinese Characters: Simplified Character Edition: (HSK Level 1) The Quick and Easy Way to Learn the Basic Chinese Characters (2017)

Best Chinese Learning Books That Will Hook YouAll beginning Chinese language learners struggle to memorize and learn to write Chinese characters. The First 100 Chinese Characters adopts a structural approach which helps students to quickly master the basic characters that are fundamental to this language. This character book is intended for beginning Chinese students. It presents characters that have been carefully selected for rapid and effective learning. The English meanings, pronunciations in hanyu pinyin and alternate forms (if any) for each Chinese character are presented along with a stroke order guide and spaces for writing practice. Printed with gray…
Author(s): Laurence Matthews, Alison Matthews

15. Basic Mandarin Chinese – Reading & Writing Practice Book: A Workbook for Beginning Learners of Written Chinese (MP3 Audio CD and Printable Flash Cards Included) (Basic Chinese) (2017)

Best Chinese Learning Books That Will Hook YouNo matter what textbook you’re using to learn Chinese, it requires a lot of practice. Here is a wealth of effective activities and drills—plus an hour of native speaker audio recordings—to help you learn the 288 basic Chinese characters quickly and effectively. This book follows the Basic Mandarin Chinese—Reading & Writing textbook but works equally well with other coursebooks or on its own. The free disc contains audio recordings as well as printable PDF files providing hundreds of pages of extra exercises and activities and a set of 288 printable flash cards to help you learn the basic…
Author(s): Cornelius C. Kubler, Jerling Guo Kubler

Discover the best Chinese Language Instruction in Best Sellers. Find the top 100 most popular items in Amazon Books Best Sellers. Learning Chinese on your own isn’t easy. Where do you begin? Where do you get explanations for concepts you don’t understand? Clearly, there’s a lot that can go wrong when learning Chinese. Here are a few reasons why it’s worth checking out textbooks. A good textbook: Provides you with a Our Favourite Learn Chinese Apps. Learning Chinese is no easy task, but equally it isn’t as hard to master as you might think. We get asked lots of questions about where to start learning Chinese at LTL… The best way to begin Mandarin Chinese is not to simply spend hours rote memorizing characters, but to We all know that learning Chinese online is getting more and more popular. But sometimes you really just need to hit the books. And at those times, we want you to have the best resources on hand. Online learning is all the rage at the moment, and for good reason. Despite this, there are still some Why Should I Use Chinese E-books to Improve My Chinese? Here’s what makes e-books a great tool for Chinese learners: They’re affordable. There are many free e-books available online, and most of those that are not free are still very inexpensive compared to hard copy books.

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some chinese learning books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Technology-Enhanced Teaching and Learning of Chinese as a Foreign Language

Author(s): Amber Navarre
Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2019, Size: 28 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2288465

Multilingualism and Translanguaging in Chinese Language Classrooms

Author(s): Danping Wang
Publisher: Springer International Publishing,Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2019, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2309968

Computational and Corpus Approaches to Chinese Language Learning

Author(s): Xiaofei Lu, Berlin Chen
Publisher: Springer, Year: 2019, Size: 12 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2326192

Chinese Literacy Learning in an Immersion Program

Author(s): Chan Lü
Publisher: Springer International Publishing;Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2354501

Vocabulary Increase and Collocation Learning: A Corpus-Based Cross-sectional Study of Chinese Learners of English

Author(s): Haiyan Men
Publisher: Springer Singapore, Year: 2018, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2180853

Localising Chinese: Educating Teachers through Service-Learning

Author(s): Michael Singh, Thị Hồng Nhung Nguyễn
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2018, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2209052

Teaching and Learning Chinese in Schools

Author(s): Robyn Moloney, Hui Ling Xu
Publisher: Springer International Publishing;Palgrave Pivot, Year: 2018, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2251446

Teacher Education in Professional Learning Communities

Author(s): Xuefeng Huang
Publisher: Springer International Publishing;Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2018, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2251953

Manual for teaching and learning Chinese as a foreign language

Author(s): Hu, Bo
Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2018, Size: 8 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2255921

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are truly record-breakers according to The Wall Street Journal, others are drafted by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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