A Foundation Course in Mandarin
Learning Chinese is a beginning textbook for the study of spoken and written Mandarin (Standard Spoken and Written Chinese). It is intended as a basic text for beginning classroom instruction, but the extensive audio clips make it feasible for independent study as well (or better, independent study with occasional assistance of a tutor). The main features of the text are presented in the Preface of the book; goals and methodological considerations are discussed in the Introduction. One feature of particular note: Learning Chinese treats conversation and reading (and writing) separately, in lessons that are matched to level, but are distinct in content. Learners may intersperse conversational lessons with reading, or study one without the other.
This Web site provides Audio Clips, Exercise Keys, Vocabulary Lists, Indexes, and other materials. Use this Start Here Guide for a complete description. The Web site is still in development; if you find you are outpacing the rate at which we are stocking the site, please let the author know at JKWLearningChinese@gmail.com.