The Chinese language is beautiful and sophisticated but at the same time regarded as one of the hardest languages in the world to learn.  

This site has been created to provide the newbie with a stable foundation on which to begin the journey of a thousand miles.  The material available is vast and this site will  assist in cutting through the nonsense to get to the good stuff.


The blog will provide regular reviews on teaching material, hints, tips and practical advice on learning Chinese.

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” - Tsao tzu
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Integrated Chinese, Level 1 Part 1 Textbook, 3rd Edition (Simplified) - Yuehua Liu

This is a standard text book used by many native speakers who tutor over the internet.  

Pros - it is clearly laid out and provides a great introduction to the language.

Cons - it is quite expensive, you will need to obtain the workbook and CD’s and the workbook does not contain any answers, you need to obtain separately.

A full review of Integrated Chinese Level 1 Part 1 Textbook can be found on the blog here.

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