i’m to start taking classes at the mtc come june, but wanted to get a head start now before i move to taiwan. i think i’d pretty much flunk the placement test, but i’m a 1.5gen who was born in taiwan and i still understand some mandarin when it’s spoken to me…i just can’t really speak it myself, can’t write, and can only read the simplest of characters. i’d like to be able to brush up enough so that when i do start at mtc, i can avoid getting stuck in the absolute beginner classes.
so any book recommendations would be appreciated. oh, and i’d prefer to avoid overdependence on pinyin since i want to learn chinese the “native” way. thanks.