Study Materials

Mandarin Chinese Education is committed to providing learners of diverse background with the most practical curriculum of the highest standard to ensure their success. We are highly selective about the learning materials we use. We also developed many of our own teaching materials to address the different needs of our students. Here are some of the most popular textbooks for different courses that we use:

  • Early Years Learning in Mandarin
  • Children learn Chinese as a Heritage Language
  • Children learn Chinese as a Second Language
  • Adult Learning Mandarin


My First Chinese Words, is the best place to start teaching your child Mandarin Chinese. The series has 36 mini-books with easy-to-read script and vivid illustrations that make learning Chinese fun and easy for youngsters! My First Chinese Words teaches over 200 words and covers 36 topics from a child’s world, such as family, friends, food, animals, home, school etc. A DVD is also available to help your child learn the words at home. 
For: 3-5 year-old preschoolers

Monkey King Chinese (preschool edition), is a set of textbooks compiled for children in English speaking countries to learn Chinese. It consists of 12 lessons in two volumes with a total vocabulary of 73 words. Each textbook (including a CD) is accompanied with one book of word cards. 
For: 3-5 year-old preschoolers


Standard Mandarin, is designed for overseas Mandarin speaking children learners or Chinese immigrant children who have some Mandarin background. The textbook’s colourful illustrations and photos provide meaningful context to words and situations, making each lesson authentic and appealing to children. The series includes a total of nine systematic levels, each level with its own textbook and two pre-designed homework books. Bilingual version, CDs and cassettes are also available at all levels. 
For: Mandarin-speaking children


Chinese Paradise, introduces Chinese to young children with colourful illustrations, conversations, rhymes, songs, fun activities, and more. Designed for non-native students who want to learn Mandarin Chinese as a second language, the series features many age-appropriate in-class activities and interactive lessons. It consists of six books with three levels, with both a student’s book and teacher’s guide. Flash cards and CDs are available at each level. Learning Chinese is fun and easy! 
For: non-Chinese speaking children

Happy Mandarin, is sponsored by the China National Office for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language (NOCFL), and targeted at overseas middle school students (12-15 yrs) who want to learn Mandarin as a foreign language from a beginner level. It consists of six books with three levels, with student’s book, teacher’s guide, flash cards, wall map and listening materials for each level. Both the content and the format emphasize teenagers’ developmental characteristics and their topics of interest. This series aims at developing an intermediate level of competency in communicating in Chinese, as a solid foundation for further study in Chinese language and culture. 
For: non-Chinese speaking children

Learn Chinese with Me, is a series of textbooks especially designed for teenagers who want to learn Mandarin Chinese as a foreign language starting at a beginner level. It includes four levels of learning with student textbooks, teacher’s guides, CDs and workbooks for each level. The series features colourful illustrations and cover the topics of basic communication in daily life, school life, food and health, the environment, transportation and geography, and traditional Chinese culture. The series is aimed at developing elementary to intermediate communication competency in Mandarin and an interest in Chinese culture. 
For: non-Chinese speaking teens


Conversational Chinese 301, focuses on daily communication and presents the 301 most essential conversational sentences for quick learning. It is intended to be a short-term intensive course book for beginners, ideal for tourists and travelers planning a trip to China. Credited as the world-wide best-selling Chinese textbooks for overseas adult learners, the book emphasises practical daily communication, integrated with the basic grammatical structure and most-commonly used vocabulary in real life situations, thus helping learners to master the 301 basic conversational sentences quickly and acquire the ability to carry on simple conversations in a matter of weeks. 
For: beginner learners

Short-term Spoken Chinese, is published by Beijing Language and Culture University for non-Chinese adult Mandarin learners. The systematic learning materials include four progressive levels: introductory, elementary, intermediate and advanced level textbooks and associated CDs. With a strong focus on practical Mandarin conversational skills for daily life, learners will achieve the ultimate goal of speaking Mandarin at a very comfortable level for daily use. 
For: intermediate to advanced learners

A Business Trip to China- Conversation & Application is designed for adult learners at an intermediate level of Mandarin, interested in doing business or having a career in a Chinese speaking community. The two-volume series offers a practical approach to learning Chinese for business. Each chapter covers a specific topic in the journey, e.g. arriving at the airport and at the hotel, going to the bank, attending a business meeting and banquet, shopping, negotiating and signing a contract, visiting the factory. The book employs an interactive and communicative approach to teaching with many practical tips in linguistic-cultural conventions that you can use in almost every single business situation. 
For: “Business Mandarin” learners

New Practical Chinese Reader is a series of textbooks designed for English speakers to learn Chinese. It consists of seventy lessons in five volumes. NPCR has been compiled under the guidance of the new NOTCFL (Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language) Syllabus and in consultation with HSK guidelines. The objective of this series is to develop each student’s ability to communicate using Chinese through the study of language structure, language function, and related cultural knowledge. 
For: beginner to advanced learners

Chinese for Managers series consists of four course books each with two volumes: Everyday Chinese, Business Chinese, Economy and Commerce Chinese, and Phonetics. Phonetics serve as a supplement to teaching business Chinese at the beginner’s level. The other three books are arranged progressively at beginner, elementary, and secondary levels, and may be used in a sequence or independently. Each has a distinct focus, but all of them integrate listening, speaking, reading, and writing to make for a congenial learning experience. Everyday Chinese teaches the kind of Chinese language that businesspeople use on a daily basis and supplements it with office work usages. Business Chinese features professional language that enables business managers to “talk shop” among themselves, and is also augmented with usages and expressions that reflect Chinese social and economic life. The Chinese taught in Economy and Commerce Chinese covers topics on the socioeconomic life of contemporary China. 
For: “Business Mandarin” learners

A course in Chinese Colloquial Idioms describe phrase composed of two or more words that when combined have a special meaning that cannot be deciphered literally. One can only understand such idioms when they relate to real life situations. In order to help the students understand Chinese idioms, including their meaning and usage, we incorporate this course book into advanced lessons. This course book includes 20 conversational situations that cover 500 commonly used colloquial idioms. Each lesson includes the text, a concise explanation, examples, and practice exercises. 
For: beginner to advanced learners

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