Adam_CLO wrote:Very Practical Chinese is a book / CD set for Chinese learners in Taiwan. The book uses pinyin and traditional characters throughout, and even has a section on local and Taiwanese slang, which I found interesting.
My company, based in Taichung, is the main VPC distributor in Taiwan, so I can provide more information if required.
ehophi wrote:No print books for me, thanks. I signed up for worthwhile RSS feeds, and I fell in love with this one: http://www.bbc.co.uk/zhongwen/trad/
I learn a helluva lot of vocabulary in the science, technology, and health section (科技健康). Plus, the articles are pretty bad-ass.
Joesox wrote:Good thread idea. I'll start.
The other day, I picked up a very useful book from the huge new Eslite store near Taipei 101. It's "A Guide to Proper Usage of Spoken Chinese". It has 114 short units, each of which clarifies a particular usage point. It concentrates on common areas of confusion for learners of Mandarin and each unit typically starts with one or more erroneous sentences, then demonstrates the correct usage and gives a number of clear explanations and examples of the various common usages of the particular word or grammatical feature.
It is very useful for a learner such as myself who has heard and understood a fair amount of spoken Mandarin but is unclear on some grammatical points and words with similar meanings. It would also be very useful for a full-time student of Chinese.
It has Pinyin and traditional characters throughout.
A Guide to Proper Usage of Spoken Chinese, by Tian Shou-he
SMC Publishing, Taipei
1989 and 1992 [I have the second edition so presumably that was published in '92]
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