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 😉 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.
This book covers the most important grammar points for beginners and intermediate learners. Explanations are in both Chinese and English. All Chinese entries come without Pinyin. The example sentences are not translated, so you need to already have some basic knowledge of Chinese. The answer key comes in a separate booklet that is included in the package when you buy the book. The answer key also provides a short grammar overview in the beginning.
The book is fairly big (210 mm x 285 mm), so it’s not suitable for reading in bed or on the sofa.
This textbooks focuses on explaining grammar points concerning the HSK 5 that prove tricky for most foreign learners of Chinese. It features a lot of exercises and comes with an answer key. However, this book is in Chinese only without pinyin.