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Free Chinese Workbooks!

1st Workbook + 2nd Workbook +3rd Workbook Available Now!

Yes, the title looks spammy.

But not clickbait.

I decided to prepare this 50 some page workbook (basics of Chinese) for learners which includes covering several characters and phrases per chapter, sentence examples, sentence composition, and practicing writing characters, as well as the correct way to write each character (strokes). AND IT IS COMPLETELY FREE.

I recommend you do ONE chapter a day and not the whole lot in one sitting

1st Workbook: https://www.speakinglab.xyz/product-page/jumpstart-your-chinese-chinese-workbook-1

2nd Workbook: https://www.speakinglab.xyz/product-page/improve-your-chinese-chinese-workbook-2

3rd Workbook: https://www.speakinglab.xyz/product-page/practice-your-chinese-chinese-workbook-3

You will be sent to a store where you can add the item(s) to cart. No credit card required, just some basic information.

https://www.speakinglab.xyz/store

Also please use the coupon "FREE" because currently my system does not allow for free products.

And I'm pleased to announce that they're all available, in print, on Amazon!

Chinese Workbook 1: https://www.amazon.com/Jumpstart-Your-Chinese-Workbook-Workbooks/dp/1095597078/

Chinese Workbook 2: https://www.amazon.com/Improve-Your-Chinese-Workbook-Workbooks/dp/1095722409/

Chinese Workbook 3: https://www.amazon.com/Practice-Your-Chinese-Workbook-Workbooks/dp/109576215X/

Hope this is helpful!

March 26, 2018

72 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LanguageAmbrosia

I have just finished working on the second workbook as a follow-up to the first workbook.

If anyone catches any errors or thinks something is wrong, it probably might be. Please let me know if you catch anything.

The follow-up is now available here: https://www.tofukimchi.xyz/product-page/improve-your-chinese-chinese-workbook-2

I recommend you do ONE chapter a day and not the whole lot in one sitting

Once again, it is completely free!

March 27, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Helen336780

I appreciate all your effort!

May 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EnriqueEli563977

THanks a lot!

July 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MeaDish

Thank you so much, that is really useful for me. Have a Lingot!

By the way, I noticed Chapter 5 occurs twice, you may want to erase one of them.

March 27, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LanguageAmbrosia

Thank you! I will certainly get on that, thanks for noticing it!

March 27, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LanguageAmbrosia

Updated!

March 27, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Creeperlovegamer

Thanks so much! As a Chinese learner studing in China for some years, this helps with some of the words I have missed, and to all of the words and characters I know, it's correct! (China is not like Japan or some other parts of Aisa like Malaysia or Singapore. They DO-NOT speak English. You will be lucky to find that rare person that lives there that speaks good English. At least, I havent found anyone who has spoken good English outside of places where English is taught or used to teach, the people I came with, etc. Study up on Mandarin {Or whatever dialect like Cantonese that applies to where you will be in China} before going there! It will be worth it.) Gave a lingot!

March 27, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Creeperlovegamer

Also, would not recomend going to China just for purposes of immersion in the language, though you would certainly get it. But if you are in China or anywhere else, I would recommend to get a personal tutor or a native to teach you. The results are definently worth it from my tutor. Make sure that they speak English so that you can understand too though, otherwise, they might mistake a word in English for another word in Mandarin and you would be speaking the wrong things all the time, also, you probably would not be able to learn if they only speak Mandarin. But if you don't want the translations to English, or have them just teach in Mandarin, that could be very effective as well. Hope you guys reach your goals in learning Mandarin!

March 27, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LanguageAmbrosia

I can attest to only a little amount of people in mainland China being able to hold a 5-10 minute conversation in English. Mandarin is the "lingua franca" to link everyone in China together...even if you speak Cantonese, you'll still be able to talk to someone in Tibet because you both most likely speak Mandarin too, albeit probably at different levels depending on your culture.

March 27, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LanguageAmbrosia

The third workbook has been finished and is now available!

If anyone catches any errors or thinks something is wrong, it probably might be. Please let me know if you catch anything.

The follow-up is now available here: https://www.tofukimchi.xyz/product-page/practice-your-chinese-chinese-workbook-3

I recommend you do ONE chapter a day and not the whole lot in one sitting

Once again, it is completely free!

This is also the final workbook in the beginner set

March 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rojer9

this looks great to me!

however, i have two suggestions, about vocabulary and strokes, but both touching on the same theme: making the workbook more self-contained.

the vocabulary should include characters such that usage examples can be read by a beginner without referring to dictionary as much as possible. i know the intro says use dictionary, but it's an interruption that breaks focus. for example, chapter 1 introduces 女, 男, 子 and 人 but then goes on to provide 3 usage examples all of which also include ​孩 which was not defined (i think assuming knowledge of 我, 是, 一 and 个 is reasonable). a single line in the "translation" section , "孩子 - hái zi - child" in the translation section would make it easier for the user.

strokes. the workbook provides stroke count but not order. again - i know we have yellow bridge for that, but it'd be nice if the workbook actually gave a stroke by stroke example for each character. i also know it may not be easy to find in the form that can be included in a PDF and here i can offer my help, let me know if you're interested.

April 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LanguageAmbrosia

Thank you!

As for including definitions of characters used in sentence examples, I'll work on that when I have time to update what is out right now.

Yes, I admit that is a major fallout in providing comprehensive stroke order usage. YellowBridge is a very useful resource but at the moment I can't find any resource that I can include within a pdf. GIFs don't work well when they are on PDFs. I'd be glad to hear any suggestions on how to add more comprehensive stroke order.

April 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rojer9

i'm a programmer as well as a student of chinese and a few years ago i created a simple app that draws chinese characters stroke by stroke, a-la yellow bridge (actually, i did it because back then yellow bridge used a java applet for this and it was slow to the point of being unusable, so i just re-wrote it in HTML + JS and even offered it to YB to replace their applet; they didn't respond). point is, i have the code and all the character data still around. here's a video i captured back then - https://youtu.be/VQQQreZcOcw the data is all in vector form so it can be scaled to any size. i have the code as well so background can be modified or removed, colors changed, etc.

specifically, the idea for the guide would be to take snapshots after each stroke and just put them next to the characters. it won't be animated, but it will still be helpful. i can provide you with images - one per stroke, one per character with all strokes next to each other, multiple characters or pretty much any other form.

April 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CvonD1

My goodness, this is awesome.... The passion to learn instill a passion to share!!!! Have an ingot!

April 11, 2018

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looks great, @rojer9!! I am using a chromebook, basix unix shell stuff, I was able to download and run a version of R, etc. Do you think I'd be able to install and play with your simple app? (no exp in JS yet, but eager to learn and grow)

May 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CvonD1

I downloaded Pleco on my iPhone and iPad. It has become my go-to Chinese Bible for all things characters and removing ambiguousness from understanding anything in Chinese. I've also added an extra voice or two, to get a sense of the different accents for the same word . . . Pleco is irreplaceable for me, because of its rich, all-encompassing content . . . and the character stroke order covers S.C. and T.C.

April 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CvonD1

I recommend you download the Pleco Chinese dictionary App. It will show you the order of strokes, in Simplified Chinese and Traditional as well if you need it, and how to pronounce each example you look up.

April 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CvonD1

Thank you so much! These three books look very organized! Even 汉字 pages!!! Your work on these three booklets is extensive! May I ask you, what is your background? I started learning Chinese about 18 months ago, and am at Level HSK3 (with the help of Peking U. through Coursera); but I need to read, write and study every day to feel I am not losing ground. Thank goodness I love learning Chinese and hope to soon make a trip there, (I am thinking of registering at a good school for a few months), to master the basics of solid fluency at the speaking level.

April 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LanguageAmbrosia

I’m American-Chinese and I grew up speaking Cantonese and was sent to Chinese school to achieve a fluent level of Mandarin which I am now.

April 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CvonD1

I love the fact that you are using your high proficiency to share how you organize your acquiring and retention of the Chinese language! And I can't help noticing your level #11 in French: you are one level above me, the native French speaker. . . .哈哈哈! (To be fair, I don't spend much time on French, although I read all their stories, which was a lot of fun.)

April 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LanguageAmbrosia

Thank you!

April 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Judi.Cannon

Thank you so much!! This is good stuff!

March 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LanguageAmbrosia

No problem! Glad you find it useful!

March 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Whiskkebarr

Thank you very much for this!

March 27, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LanguageAmbrosia

No problem! I hope it helps you out!

March 27, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DamianSchenk

Well done!

March 27, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LanguageAmbrosia

Thank you!

March 27, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MeaDish

Another thing I noticed:

In Chapter 17, the Chinese sentence translated to 'We sing songs together' appears to have the character wo3 repeated twice in the beginning of the sentence. I am just a beginner, so maybe this is correct and intentional, but it looked like it might be a typo, so thought I would mention it.

March 27, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LanguageAmbrosia

Thank you for noticing that! I will certainly correct it!

March 27, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/-.Bom.-

Thank you very much for this!

March 27, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LanguageAmbrosia

No problem!

March 27, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HanNhatAnh

ya, that's sound very well, its will be useful for my Chinese, thanks!

March 27, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LanguageAmbrosia

Glad you found it useful!

March 27, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LanguageAmbrosia

Updated the workbook! Once again, thanks for your catch!

March 27, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EthanManzi

Thank you. I defiantly willl use this. I want to learn Chinese, and this should be helpful.

March 27, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/s_a_r_i_t_a

Defiantly? You rebel, you!

March 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LanguageAmbrosia

Lingot for that.

March 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LanguageAmbrosia

No problem! I hope you find it useful.

March 27, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fjkv

thanks!<3

March 27, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LanguageAmbrosia

No problem, enjoy!

March 27, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HansTa

Thank

March 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LanguageAmbrosia

No problem!

March 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/efrat545696

thank

March 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LanguageAmbrosia

No problem!

March 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/alvinqingxing

Thanks!

March 29, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LanguageAmbrosia

No problem! Enjoy!

March 29, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Randybvain

It is a bit too hard, but you did a great job!

March 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LanguageAmbrosia

Thank you! Duolingo should be able to cover everything I missed, from what I learned from trying its Chinese course myself!

March 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MeaDish

Personally I think your workbooks are excellent. Especially when used in combination with other learning material, which is likely how most people will use it. The fact that you emphasize writing characters with the correct stroke order is really good for serious learners.

March 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LanguageAmbrosia

Thank you! Glad you found it useful!

March 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BrayanGarc637358

xie xie

March 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LanguageAmbrosia

Bu yong xie!

March 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Val_2017

thank you very much, your help is greatly appreciated!

April 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LanguageAmbrosia

No problem!

April 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheRupoor

This is super helpful, thank you!! I definitely needed more resources for my learning.

April 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LanguageAmbrosia

No problem! Glad you found it useful!

April 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/IndiianaJohn

This is awesome - thanks!

April 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LanguageAmbrosia

No problem! Enjoy!

April 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aussie-em

This is extremely helpful and I hope to be able to have gone over all of these textbooks! Thanks LanguageAmbrosia :) (Here, have a lingot)

June 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LanguageAmbrosia

Enjoy :)

June 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Eli725808

Thank you! Those must have been so hard to complete... You made an excellent job :). I've started learning chinese this year and i was searching for some sheets for training and i found your post so this is amazing, i will print it out and get right on it :) Good luck with everything and bye

October 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LanguageAmbrosia

Sorry for the late response but your kind words are much appreciated! Happy learning!

June 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EffeZara

thanks a lot

December 29, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LanguageAmbrosia

No problem!

June 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Luna_Stewart

This is absolutely amazing thank you so much! If I had to say anything, I'd rather it be in traditional characters but its free so I can't complain haha

March 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LanguageAmbrosia

Thank you for your kind words!

I'm not well-versed in writing or reading traditional characters but in the future, I will probably convert the current Simplified script characters into Traditional script characters.

June 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Wuraola19

Are the workbooks no longer available because the links aren't working?

April 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LanguageAmbrosia

Just checked the links and they're working now!

Sorry for the late response.

June 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Svetlana0777

Thank you! They are very useful for me! Lingot fo you :)

May 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LanguageAmbrosia

Glad you found it useful!

May 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LanguageAmbrosia

Hello all! 大家好!

It's been over a year since I released these workbooks and would like to let everyone know that the workbooks have all been spruced up just in the last two months and are officially available (in print!!!) on Amazon.com!

Here are the links:

Chinese Workbook 1: https://www.amazon.com/Jumpstart-Your-Chinese-Workbook-Workbooks/dp/1095597078/

Chinese Workbook 2: https://www.amazon.com/Improve-Your-Chinese-Workbook-Workbooks/dp/1095722409/

Chinese Workbook 3: https://www.amazon.com/Practice-Your-Chinese-Workbook-Workbooks/dp/109576215X/

They're also available here: https://www.speakinglab.xyz/store

Hope everyone has a great summer! Happy learning :)

June 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EnriqueEli563977

thanks!

July 29, 2019
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