Assimil Mania

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I bet you think “Wow, that’s a whole lot of Assimil books!” but I have to admit that my collection of Assimil books is even larger. I’m going to show you all my Assimil books in¬†a few weeks (You will definitely think I completely lost it or I have too much money or even both haha).

Anyway, I’m also going to give a super detailed review on Assimil and how my personal experiences are. I know the Assimil method doesn’t work for some people (or at least they think that way) but I will show you how to make the best use of these (in my opinion) wonderful textbooks for studying foreign languages! So stay tuned and you never have to see these horrible bed covers as a background ever again ūüėČ

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A Guide to the Usage of HSK Vocabulary

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Oh, I love this one so much! It helps you learn how a word can be used and which grammatical constructions are possible with this word.

Main entries are given with pinyin (not included for example sentences) featuring parts of speech (nouns are followed by their most commonly used measure words!) as well as their English translations.

All usage notes are in Chinese only without pinyin but grammatical terms are translated and also explained in the preface. So instead of going back and forward in the book, I recommend making a copy of this¬†list of grammatical terms to¬†put it right next¬†to you to facilitate¬†reading. It’s a reference book, so again no exercises included.

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I got this one in China but you can also get it through websites offering Chinese language products (e.g. http://www.chinabooks.ch).

Explanations of Difficult Points in Chinese Learning as a Foreign Language

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This book focuses on expressions and grammatical constructions that often cause confusion or sound¬†somewhat illogical to foreign learners. ¬†It is completely written in Chinese with very¬†few¬†exceptions (mainly¬†to clarify a word). But fear not ūüėȬ†¬†the language¬†used in this book is kept at a very basic level making it really easy to understand. So even learners who just completed a beginner’s course are able to read this book without any major problems. In fact, I think it is a very good reading practice, too.

 

A Chinese Grammar for English Speakers

There are several books on Chinese grammar but there are only a few that go into detail and really compare the Chinese structures to the ones in English. This book here explains the grammar really well by starting to give an overview and focuses also on showing the differences between expressions that are similar in meaning. It is for mere reference only as they are no exercises. A big plus is the massive amount of example sentences and that every sentence comes with pinyin and English translation, so even beginners can use this book to clarify grammar points they feel unsure about.