Chinese Odyssey, Volume 3 & 4 (combined in one), Textbook

Chinese Odyssey, Volume 3 & 4 (combined in one), Textbook

Innovative Chinese Courseware

The Chinese Odyssey, Volumes 3 & 4 combined textbook completes the basic foundation that began in year one. Chinese Odyssey, year two, introduces students to more complicated grammar, and interactive practice situations help them learn to communicate in everyday life. The book’s twenty lessons (ten per volume) include colloquial dialogues, clear and detailed explanations of grammar rules and language usage, coordinated grammar and communication exercises, and cultural material. Lesson topics range from getting a physical examination to browsing at the night market; from opening a bank account to taking the HSK.

This combined-volume textbook is intended for students in high school or college who are entering their second year of Chinese study. Each volume covers one semester.

This textbook is in simplified characters; for traditional characters, click here.


Cheng & Tsui
Publication Date: 
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8.5 x 11
B/W Photography, Diagrams

Wisely selected authentic, idiomatic, colloquial speech is found throughout the text, making the dialogues authentic, functional, and interesting, an advantage not found in many second-year Chinese textbooks.

— Shaomei Wang, The Modern Language Journal
About the Series

Chinese Odyssey is an interactive series combining text and technology to enlighten and stimulate students of Chinese at all levels.

Developed and field-tested by a teaching team from Johns Hopkins University, this flexible courseware is carefully sequenced to take students through their first three years of Chinese. Chinese Odyssey makes the best use of multimedia formats and enables students to practice new language skills in a variety of interactive situations. The oral/aural emphasis and pace of each textbook, workbook, audio CD, and CD-ROM are geared to the American high school and college instructional environment.

The Chinese Odyssey materials can be combined in different ways to meet the needs and preferences of different learning styles and language programs.

  • CD-ROMs contain all the grammar, vocabulary, exercises, and audio content from the textbooks and workbook in their respective levels, and can be used as a stand-alone, multimedia-based course.
  • The textbook and workbook are available for those who prefer to work with some printed materials. They can be used with or without the CD-ROM.
  • Audio CDs contain all the audio content from the textbook, plus the listening and speaking exercises from the workbook. Audio CDs are essential for those who are working with the print textbook and workbook alone.

About the Chinese Odyssey Series

The Chinese Odyssey series takes students through three years of Chinese language and culture with textbooks, workbooks, audio CDs, and CD-ROMs to correspond to every lesson.

Each year of Chinese Odyssey is split into two volumes (one volume per semester), covering 20 lessons per year for each of the first two years, and 10 lessons for the final year. Volumes 1 and 2 textbooks and workbooks present simplified and traditional characters in separate sections of each book, to provide ready access to both character sets without overwhelming beginning students. Higher level volumes present traditional and simplified characters on facing pages, to encourage fluency in students who wish to study and compare the two forms.

In Volumes 5 and 6, practice exercises are incorporated into the textbooks, eliminating the need for a separate workbook.

Note: CD-ROMs available only for Windows, not compatible with Windows Vista or greater.