The Lady in the Painting: A Basic Chinese Reader / Edition 1by Claudia Ross, Luke Chen, Fred Fang-Yu Wang
Pub. Date: 08/28/2007
This expanded edition of The Lady in the Painting can be used as the primary textbook for a low-intermediate class or as a supplementary text, depending upon the reading proficiency of the students. The CD-ROM provides sentence-by-sentence and paragraph-by-paragraph audio recordings for listening practice, as well as listening comprehension questions and/i>… See more details below
This expanded edition of The Lady in the Painting can be used as the primary textbook for a low-intermediate class or as a supplementary text, depending upon the reading proficiency of the students. The CD-ROM provides sentence-by-sentence and paragraph-by-paragraph audio recordings for listening practice, as well as listening comprehension questions and dictation sentences that can be used for writing characters or Romanization. Each of the eight chapters of the book includes an expanded vocabulary list, structure notes and exercises and reading comprehension questions.
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With an extensive background in learning foreign languages going back decades, I am pleased to say this is among the best language books I have ever seen. The book itself is perfect to get learners reading, which is key to success in building language ability. The stories are short and digestible; they are not so easy as to make them uninteresting, but neither are they discouragingly difficult. The real bonus here, though, is the interactive CD-ROM. First, the CD-ROM material can be loaded onto one's computer, making it more conveniently accessible. Then, the learner has the option of seeing the simplified or the traditional characters. Each paragraph has a "play" button next to it, so the paragraph can be read aloud to the reader. However, one can also click on individual sentences. Mousing over the characters, one can see the glossary entries. The story is illustrated, and clicking on a picture, one hears a short sentence asking a question about the picture. There are interactive exercises (dictation and listening comprehension). The book itself, of course, has the story illustrated (which helps the reader with comprehension), a glossary, and notes and brief exercises dealing with usage. In the book, traditional characters are used, and in the glossary and explanatory notes they are supplemented with pinyin transliteration. The vocabulary in the back is indexed both off the English translation and off the pinyin transliteration, including both traditional and simplified characters. About the only improvement I could suggest would be the use of the National Chinese Phonetic System (the "bopomofo"), in addition to the pinyin, since the NCPS is a purely Chinese phonetic system that has certain advantages for teaching purely Chinese pronunciation. For the learner who is serious about Mandarin Chinese, this book is a "must-have".