I was recently browsing a waterstones as you do and although I really have too many chinese books already I came across a book Edexcel GCSE Chinese. This is probably unique to the UK as GCSE's are our qualifications but I've found it to be pretty interesting.
It's quite a lively book with pictures and workings, much like the kind of thing my kids work with in subjects like science etc. Very different from the books of my youth but I've come to like it quite quickly. Its slightly broken for me because I don't have the accompanying tapes so cannot do the listening exercises but the written exercises are pretty much exactly aimed at my sort of level.
That in itself is interesting as I study chinese for my own personal satisfaction not for qualifications so I've never really guaged my level outside of chinese pod.
Anyway I thought some of you may like to look it up
mickeytoonMarch 11, 2010, 10:24 PM
Thanks for the tip. I must look this book out next time I'm shopping. Could you take a stab at gauging what Chinesepod level (newbie, ele, int) it's piched at?
trevorbMarch 13, 2010, 10:03 PM
Well I'm sort of sitting on the Elementary/Intermediate border and am finding it useful. I find I can read most of the Hanzi in the Hanzi section allowing me to feel I can read it but still have something to learn.
Its the layout more than anything I find quite interesting. There do appear to be quite a few.
This is the one I found Amazon Link but they seem to have a bunch of others too, probably at different levels. I suspect I may try some of the others when I get done with this one....
Hi,I'm a Chinese boy who lives in a small town for over 20year.If you have any problem in Chinese Speaking or reading ,I'm glad to help you.Beside,I'm a english learning now,maybe we can help each other.