Success with Chinese, Level 2: Reading & Writing

Success with Chinese, Level 2: Reading & Writing

A Communicative Approach for Beginners

Level 2: Reading & Writing builds on the strengths of Success with Chinese, Level 1 and uses a whole new range of daily experiences as practical opportunities for learning and mastering the basics of Chinese.

Reading exercises are designed to help you learn Chinese characters through repetition, as well as analysis of radicals and character components. Level 2 of Success with Chinese is designed to give you increased confidence in a variety of daily experiences and encounters, such as picking up medicine and following the label, navigating through a grocery store, and filling out government forms.

This volume of Reading & Writing introduces 489 new characters. Each character is listed with examples of its use in several word compounds, to demonstrate how learning one character helps you learn many new words in turn. This Reading & Writing book contains both simplified and traditional characters in vocabulary lists and indexes.


Cheng & Tsui
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7 x 10
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Table of Contents

Success With Chinese, Level 2: Reading & Writing

Introduction vii
19 School (I) 3
20 School (II) 15
21 Shopping for Food (I) 27
22 Shopping for Food (II) 39
23 Getting Around by Bus or Taxi (I) 51
24 Getting Around by Bus or Taxi (II) 65
25 Seeing a Doctor (I) 79
26 Seeing a Doctor (II) 95
27 Photographs (I) 109
28 Photographs (II) 123
29 Getting a Haircut 135
30 Shopping for Clothes 149
31 Shopping for Electronics 163
32 Family 177
33 Furniture and Household Objects 191
34 Weather 205
35 Travel (I) 219
36 Travel (II) 235
37 Computers and the Internet (I) 251
38 Computers and the Internet (II) 267
Appendix I: Radical List by Lesson 283
Appendix II: List of Radicals 291
Appendix III: Vocabulary List 295




Success with Chinese Level 2 maintains the distinctive features that identify it as yet another alternative approach to the learning and teaching of Chinese.

— Scott McGinnis, The Modern Language Journal
About the Series

English speakers learn to converse in Chinese faster than they learn to read and write it. Success with Chinese’s special teaching method focuses on that essential fact by coordinating Listening & Speaking and Reading & Writing separately. This two-part structure allows for flexibility in designing the instruction and learning process, and empowers students to learn more effectively by first concentrating on listening and speaking, and then reading and writing at a slower pace.

Listening & Speaking
Equally effective for classroom use or for independent study, Success with Chinese’s lessons help build a solid foundation by using daily experiences as practical opportunities for learning and mastering the basics of Chinese. For instance, instead of starting Listening & Speaking with the typical textbook exchanges such as “How are you?”, Success with Chinese takes you onto the streets of China to shop for the essentials you need. In the Listening & Speaking volumes, each lesson includes key expressions and sample conversations, pronunciation exercises, notes on grammar, sentence pattern drills, and communicative exercises. Each Listening & Speaking textbook includes two audio CDs bound into the book.

Reading & Writing
The Reading & Writing volumes help students to learn radicals, and simple characters in restaurant menus, signs, and other materials. Instead of focusing on character memorization, Success with Chinese teaches critical reading strategies that will help students apply their knowledge of characters to understand the general meaning of a phrase, even when confronting unfamiliar words. Students also learn how to type Chinese on a computer using pinyin, and to write by hand the most essential characters they need to fill out forms, leave messages, and communicate basic needs.

Success with Chinese trains beginning students to the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) novice level. There are two levels of study, and each level includes a Listening & Speaking volume and a separate Reading & Writing volume. Level 1, typically used as a semester or summer course, teaches around 400 vocabulary items (L&S) and 240 characters (R&W). Level 2 teaches 651 vocabulary items (L&S) and 489 characters (R&W). Two audio CDs accompany each Listening & Speaking volume. Books use simplified characters with pinyin (second editions include traditional characters).