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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.

Contents
  1. Integrated Chinese: Simplified Characters Textbook, Level 1, Part 1 (English and Chinese Edition) (2008)
  2. Learning Mandarin Chinese Characters Volume 1: The Quick and Easy Way to Learn Chinese Characters! (HSK Level 1 & AP Exam Prep) (2017)
  3. Reading and Writing Chinese: Third Edition, HSK All Levels (2,349 Chinese Characters and 5,000+ Compounds) (2013)
  4. Mandarin Chinese for Beginners: Learning Conversational Chinese (Fully Romanized and Free Online Audio) (2019)
  5. Big Chinese Workbook for Little Hands (Kindergarten Level, Ages 5+) (Volume 1) (2016)
  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)
  7. Mandarin Chinese-English Bilingual Visual Dictionary (2018)
  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)
  9. Learning to Read Mandarin Chinese? 1000 Most Frequently Used Characters with Tone Colors! (2015)
  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)
  11. Chinese for Kids: 10 First Reader Books with Online Audio, Pinyin, Simplified Characters (Beginning to Learn Mandarin) Set 1 by Language Together (2016)
  12. Chinese Short Stories: 11 Simple Stories for Beginners Who Want to Learn Mandarin Chinese in Less Time While Also Having Fun (2019)
  13. Get Talking Chinese: Mandarin Chinese for Beginners (2007)
  14. The First 100 Chinese Characters: Simplified Character Edition: (HSK Level 1) The Quick and Easy Way to Learn the Basic Chinese Characters (2017)
  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)

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.
Author(s): Yuehua Liu

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.
Author(s): Yi Ren

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.
Author(s): William McNaughton, Jiageng Fan

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.
Author(s): Yi Ren, Xiyuan Liang

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.
Author(s): Yang Yang , Qin Chen, et al.

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.
Author(s): Yi Ren

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.
Author(s): DK

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…
Author(s): Blank Book, Sara

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.
Author(s): Wang Qila

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.
Author(s): Alison Matthews, Laurence Matthews

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.
Author(s): Germaine Choe , Fei Rathbone-Han, et al.

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.
Author(s): Daily Language Learning

Get Talking Chinese: Mandarin Chinese for Beginners (2007)

 Best Chinese Learning Books That Will Hook YouReadysettalk!
Author(s): DK

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.
Author(s): Laurence Matthews, Alison Matthews

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.
Author(s): Cornelius C. Kubler, Jerling Guo Kubler

Best Chinese Learning Books That Will Hook You

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 Library 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.

Reciprocal Learning for Cross-Cultural Mathematics Education: A Partnership Project Between Canada and China

Author(s): Sijia Cynthia Zhu, Shu Xie, Yunpeng Ma, Douglas McDougall
ID: 2852480, Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2021, Size: 4 Mb, Format: pdf

Theorising Culture: A Chinese Perspective

Author(s): Jinghe Han
ID: 2468449, Publisher: Springer International Publishing;Palgrave Pivot, Year: 2020, Size: 2 Mb, Format: pdf

Chinese: The Chinese Language Learning Guide for Beginners

Author(s): Yin, Zhan
ID: 2627620, Publisher: , Year: 2020, Size: 3 Mb, Format: epub

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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