[quote=“mikeg”]My friend says he is using a white book with an orange village on the front and 20 or so chapters and it includes bopomofo.
We discuss this while mountain biking so he never has the book to confirm what its name is.
1.Is the book with white cover audiovisual Chinese, it seems to be mentioned here a bit for better or worse?.
2.Is it the best one.?
3.Where can I go to buy it without venturing to 101?
4.Why is my Chinese so crappy after 3 years?
5.Why won’t my Chinese wife help me learn?
Thanks for help with at least the first 3 questions.
Yes it is (I never noticed the village, had to check).
I don’t really think there is a “best” book to use. I’ve used that book, Integrated Chinese (back in the states) and various other books I’ve picked up here and there.
Where are you located? Outside of Taipei I’m assuming. I think most bookstores selling Chinese language books will carry them. A lot of schools use those books (Practical Audio-Visual Chinese).
Because you don’t study enough, don’t use it enough or something. Try different methods. I memorized a lot of vocabulary and a little grammar and did pretty well that way. My grammar is still pretty whack, but I can hold conversations with anyone. Unless you have a lot of drive to learn (self study style) I think you either need a steady class or a situation where you NEED to use Mandarin.
Even if she did, would you want her to teach you?
Make sure you get some tapes/Cd’s to listen to along with the books. The Practical A/V has tapes or VCD’s you can use. The VCD’s are ok, I went through them all (for book 1). When you do get some tapes listen to them as often as you can. And if you don’t know how to already, learn how to do all your daily things in Chinese (order food, give directions in a taxi, amounts of money, etc.) and build up from there.
Hope that helps.