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Beginner Chinese textbook with an emphasis on writing? (Simplified characters)

I’m looking for a beginner Chinese textbook that can stand alone (without a teacher.) Id like a combination of listening, writing and reading practice, but a lot of textbooks I see seem to fall short in the writing area (introducing new characters without showing pinyin AND the stroke order, combining traditional and simplified characters etc). I just want simplified characters. Any suggestions? Has anyone tried the HSK standard course series?

January 26, 2018



The series most used in universities is the Integrated Chinese series. The first few textbooks have accompanying workbooks to practice writing characters, and shows you the stroke order. Once you have a pretty good concept of the stroke order, you'll be able to figure out how to write new characters fairly easily.


Thanks for the suggestion. I’ll check it out again but last time I looked at Integrated Chinese online it seemed more appropriate for classroom study. At least that’s what reviews said.


I have the "Beginning Chinese Reader" second edition Part 1 by John Francis and it has a good self paced format with reading and writing. There are also accompanying podcasts that can be found to match the book(s) on the apple store although you have to sift through for the right match. the pods are free but the book you have to buy. I got it on (amazon?) or you may be able to find it in your local library or book store? It is a bit dated(1977) but very good for learning characters and reading, writing. good luck with your search


It looks very good for traditional characters. I want to focus on Simplified for now, but I’ll check it out if I decide to learn traditional. Thank you for the suggestion :)


I really like "Learning Chinese Characters" Tuttle, by Alison Matthews and Lawrence Matthews.

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