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Susan you mafan! Chinese for Beginners

1st year. Quite possibly the easiest real reading material available in Mandarin! A chapter book all in Chinese for beginning students, with a quirky and engaging story told using only 212 headwords and 207 unique Chinese characters. Chapter 1 has only 23 headwords and can easily be read by students in their first month of Chinese study.

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TPRS with Chinese Characteristics

A comprehensive guide to applying TPRS to lesser-taught languages such as Chinese. Includes in-depth treatment of teaching tonal languages and developing reading and writing skills in non-Western or non-phonetic scripts and "mixed" writing systems. Originally written for teachers of Chinese, this book has proven popular among teachers of all languages, but most particularly those with special literacy or structural challenges, such as Russian, Japanese, Hebrew, etc.

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TPRS® Story Starters - Volume 2 (Download)

TPRS® Story Starters (volume 2) includes 83 comics in full color that you can use in your class to facilitate class discussion! Talk about the characters and develop the story as a class, in partners or in groups! Or use these to assess your student’s individual proficiency. These comics contain no language and could be used for ANY language class and level!

In addition to 83 comics, this resource contains additional activities (from volume 1) for how you can use these comics in listening, reading, writing or speaking!

Use them for multiple lesson plans or an enrichment activity in your classes today!

Free Sample available here.

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TPRS® Story Starters (Download)

TPRS® Story Starters includes 62 comics in full color that you can use in your class to facilitate class discussion! Talk about the characters and develop the story as a class, in partners or in groups! Or use these to assess your student's individual proficiency. These comics have no language on them and could be used for ANY language class and level!

In addition to 62 comics, this resource also includes 21 bonus images that could be used as conversation starters AND 30+ additional activities for how you can use these comics in listening, reading, writing or speaking!

Use them for multiple lesson plans or an enrichment activity in your classes today!
Free Sample available here.
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Haokan shei bu gou de

Little knowledge of Mandarin Chinese is needed to read this book and to begin to acquire the language.
It is the second book in a series. The first book is Shei haokan?

Harry is a young American studying Mandarin in Beijing. Min-Jee, from Korea, is also studying Mandarin in Beijing. They meet and become friends. Harry calls his father and tells him about his new friend and how pretty she is, and Min-Jee tells her mom about her good-looking new friend. The parents are concerned and they decide to investigate, with surprising results. The story is given in pinyin (in Latin letters), which helps the reader with pronunciation, and also in both simplified and traditional Chinese. A glossary with notes is provided in the back of the book as well as an English translation of the story. Downloadable audio files of all seven chapters of the story are available below at no cost. Co-author Linda Li is the reader.

Downloadable audio files of all seven chapters of the story are available below at no cost. Co-author Linda Li is the reader.

Click on a chapter below to download the audio file:

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7

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Shei haokan? (2nd Edition)
(Who is Good-looking?)
by Linda Li & Stephen D. Krashen

Little knowledge of Mandarin Chinese is needed to read this book and to begin to acquire the language.

Harry, a young American, goes to Beijing to learn Mandarin. At the same time, a young Korean woman named Min-Jee also goes to Beijing to learn Mandarin. At first, since they have no common language, they cannot speak to each other. As a relationship begins to develop, a surprising incident occurs in their Mandarin class and they begin to communicate in Mandarin. Lively illustrations infuse the story with reality. The story continues in Book Two, Good-looking is Not Enough. Look for it soon on this website.

CLICK HERE to view sample pages.

PLEASE NOTE: There are two editions of Shei haokan? In the 1st edition clear English translations under each line of Chinese are provided throughout the story. In the 2nd edition there are no translations in the Chinese story itself. Instead, the entire story is translated in English in the back of the book. When you order, please make sure to choose the edition you want.

The story is given in pinyin (in Latin letters), which helps the reader with pronunciation, and also in both simplified and traditional Chinese. Below are audio MP3 files of the story, recorded by co-author Linda Lee, which you can listen to online or you can download for free.

Audio files for the book's chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6

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