Mandarin Companion: Guided Readers for Chinese Language Learners

In Chinese by Skritter

Are you a beginning Chinese language learner who is tired of using traditional textbooks? Are you trying to find fun and interesting content that is targeted at your current level? Are you looking to simply read MORE Chinese? If you said yes to any of the above, we hope you’ll be happy to learn that a new series of guided readers, a project between Mandarin Companion and AllSet Learning, has now been promoted to “textbook status” on Skritter!


Character updates add a more Chinese feel

Mandarin Companion was created by Jared Turner and John Pasden in Shanghai, China and aims to help increase the number of suitable reading materials written for beginning and intermediate language learners. You can read more about the project on the About page. Unlike many other intro-readers on the market, Mandarin Companion drew their inspiration from western classics, and made them their own by creating entirely new characters. Just take a look at their Sherlock Holmes story (Holmes is now the super 帅 Gao Ming), and you’ll see what I mean . To learn more about why they chose a western classics with a Chinese feel, check out what All Set Learning had to say on its News Feed.

Books in the Series:

All books in Level 1 (above) are “designed around Mandarin Companion’s core set of 300 basic character ensuring that most vocabulary will be simply, everyday words, composed of characters that the learner is most likely to know.” The books also include a Key Words index at the back, and story adaptation notes that help you jump right in to the story. Digital editions are available through Kindle, iBooks, and kobo, and run for $9.95 USD. To find out more, or purchase the books directly from the site here.

From the site–“Mandarin Companion creates books you can read! This series offers Chinese learners enjoyable and interesting reading materials to accelerate language learning. each book uses characters, words, and grammar that a learner is most likely to know at each level based on in-depth analysis of textbooks, education programs, and natural Chinese language. Every story is written in a style that is easy for a learner to understand and enjoyable to read.”

Where to find them on Skritter:

Word lists for all five stories can be found in the Textbooks section of Vocabulary Lists by searching “Mandarin Companion,” or by clicking the direct links on the book titles listed above. Each word list on Skritter was sorted in a descending order according to highest frequency and divided into 100 word sets. It should be a great way to add more context to your study sessions on Skritter, and increase enjoyment of the stories as you breeze past all the words you’ve just mastered!
The Skritter team is glad to help spread the word on these awesome, comprehensible study materials, and are happy to be able to provide our users with these wonderful, high frequency, vocab lists. We hope you enjoy!
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