Chinese for Tomorrow Volume 1 Online Textbook (Simplified)

Chinese for Tomorrow Volume 1 Online Textbook (Simplified)

A New Five-Skilled Approach
by Wayne He, Dela Jiao, Qiuxia Shao, Christopher M. Livaccari

The Chinese for Tomorrow Volume 1 Online Textbook is an identical, digital alternative to the print edition. This subscription is valid for 12 months, starting from the date of activation. Please note that the online textbook is not available for download and an Internet connection is required to access it.

Chinese for Tomorrow Volume 1 begins with a comprehensive introduction to Chinese pronunciation, pinyin, and computer input. The ten lessons present dialogues and narratives centered around the lives of college students studying Chinese. Each lesson includes practice exercises that cover all four language skills and typing.


  • A Chinese Customs and Culture section in each lesson covers contemporary society, the arts, literature, travel, customs, and more
  • Accelerated vocabulary sequencing (approx. 50-60 vocabulary words) helps students quickly build their vocabulary
  • Handwriting coverage for core characters (5-8 per lesson)
  • Clear explanations of language usage for new words, phrases, and language structures
  • Cross-references to the companion grammar book for more detailed explanations of Chinese grammar
  • Textbooks are available in simplified or traditional characters


Cheng & Tsui
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, December 9, 2020
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About the Series

Typing Chinese involves entering pinyin, the romanized sounds for Chinese syllables, and then selecting the correct character. Learning accurate pinyin is crucial to speaking Chinese well, and in Chinese for Tomorrow, pinyin keyboarding forms the basis of a new learning method that lets learners use the language in a practical and engaging way very early on in their studies. The authors’ extensive field testing at New York University and elsewhere indicates that students using the Computer Chinese method learn Chinese characters more quickly, have better retention, and write more effective compositions than students learning by traditional methods. The Computer Chinese method is additionally useful for students who will take the new AP Chinese test, which requires computer interaction.

Chinese for Tomorrow treats computer input and handwriting instruction as complementary modes. Computer input forms an integral part of the first year of study (Volume 1), while handwriting is introduced more gradually and is more intensive in the second year (Volume 2). Textbooks are available in traditional or simplified character editions, and grammar books contain both traditional and simplified characters on facing pages.

In total, this course is projected to cover two years of study through a textbook with practice exercises, a companion grammar book, and online supplements. Each textbook and its companion Grammar Book are designed to cover one year of study at the high school or college level, when used together as part of a comprehensive course covering listening, speaking, reading, writing, and computer input. Within the textbook, concise explanations of language points help students grasp and use the language immediately as they encounter new words and phrases. The grammar book uses detailed explanations to help students gain a deeper knowledge and analytical understanding of the grammatical, phonological, and pragmatic systems of the language. This two-pronged approach to language learning frees students to focus on the most natural, relevant and interesting language in the textbook, while providing a structured, step-by-step program for mastering grammar in the grammar book.

About the Chinese for Tomorrow Series

Chinese for Tomorrow is a two-year Mandarin language series that integrates computer input of Chinese as both a fifth language skill and a practical tool to make the process of learning Chinese more efficient, effective, and rewarding. The complete Chinese for Tomorrow course includes a student textbook with practice exercises, a companion grammar book, a teacher’s manual, and online supplements for each year of study. The series includes two volumes—one volume for each year of study. Volume 1 and Volume 2 are now available.