Chinese Reading and Writing 1

Enhanced Edition

New Features

  • Scan QR codes inside the pages to watch supporting online Chinese lessons

  • Support the use of Chinese Learning Pen for high quality audio output

  • Teacher’s notes are included for particular Chinese language points

About This Book

The first step for non-Chinese speakers to learn how to read and write Chinese is made easier with Chinese Reading and Writing 1, the Enhanced Edition (2020). From strokes, stroke orders to short Chinese texts, this book leads students on a path to gain essential knowledge on the Chinese writing system.

The Enhanced Edition brings in an online learning mode into the book. There are 18 online video lessons, teaching students strokes, stroke orders, how to read and write 70 Chinese characters, and the meanings of 158 words and combinations. These video lessons also demonstrate how to read Chinese sentences, and provides extra exercises for students to practice reading and writing Chinese. These online Chinese lessons are accessible by scanning the QR codes inside pages. 

The 70 characters selected are among the most frequently used Chinese characters, which are further screened based on their places in Mandarin Express series. All the 158 words and combinations, 83 sentences, 4 conversations, and 1 short paragraph are written using these 70 characters. 

The Enhanced Edition supports the use of Chinese Learning Pen, a digital device which can bring out high quality audio output from the page. Chinese Learning Pen enables students to listen to any part of the texts in the book as they choose. 

Moreover, particular language points are explained in teacher’s notes, which are accessible by using the Chinese Learning Pen to touch this icon . 

On completing this book, students will understand the potentiality of individual Chinese characters, the difference between characters and words, and enjoy a sense of achievement that only reading and writing Chinese can bring. And the enhanced features will greatly enhance the learning experience.

Structure of the book

This book includes:

  • One Preparation Chapter
  • Five Lesson Chapters: Lesson 1 - Lesson 5
  • One Review Chapter: Review 1
  • Stroke Order Chart

The preparation chapter introduces the basic elements of Chinese characters, 15 most frequently used Chinese characters, and 32 words and expressions to demonstrate that characters can be combined to make new words. 

How characters can be combined is further emphasised and taught in the subsequent five lessons. Each lesson teaches a small number of Chinese characters and gives plenty of illustrations to demonstrate how to use these characters in Chinese texts. 

The review section of the book gives opportunities for students to consolidate the usages of all 70 characters. 

A stroke order chart is attached at the end of the book for quick references.

Book Details

ISBN: 978-988-13831-0-5

Author: Zhang Xuehong

Edition: Enhanced Edition

Publication time: 2020

Pages: 18

Chinese Reading and Writing 1 enhanced edition

Book Aims

  • Understand strokes and stroke orders

  • Learn 70 most frequently used Chinese characters

  • Write simple sentences and conversations in Chinese

Stage: Foundation
Duration: 15 class hours

Sample Pages


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