Mandarin Companion Series Now Available in Paperback

You’ve been asking and now here they are. All five books of the Mandarin Companion series are now available in paperback! They are available for world-wide purchase on Amazon and Barnes & Noble as well as hundreds of smaller online book sellers.



The paperback editions include additional supplemental study resources designed for readers and teachers. We have included a comprehensive list of every grammar point used throughout the book broken down by chapter. The cross references with the online Chinese Grammar Wiki by AllSet Learning.


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We have also analyzed the words used in each book to the curriculum of popular Chinese textbooks to identify words not covered by the textbooks. If you have studied from these text books, this analysis will show you the characters that have not been introduced through the text books, which usually includes 15-20 characters. The textbooks analyzed include Integrated Chinese Level 1, New Practical Chinese Reader, and HSK Levels 1-3.


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eBook Pricing

We have reduced our eBook prices! If you purchase of the paperback on Amazon, you can also purchase the Kindle edition for a significant discount.

Level 2 “Great Expectations” Update

We are still working hard on Great Expectations! We are just as eager as you to have it finished. As we neared completion, we found a number of plot inconsistencies and holes that we are in the process of ironing out. Dickens certainly knew how to weave an intricate plot and simplifying, modernizing, and condensing it in Chinese has been a bigger challenge that we had anticipated. However, we realize that these books will be around for a long time and we want to be sure to have a story that will stand the test of time for the years ahead.


  • Ed Posted April 23, 2015 3:46 pm

    Great, I’m looking forward to the new book. Are the paperbacks available in traditional script?

    • jared Posted April 25, 2015 9:45 am

      Hi Ed, thanks! Right now the paperbacks are only available in simplified Chinese. 🙂

      • Ping Posted April 6, 2016 6:02 am

        These books are great! I’m also hoping to see the traditional versions in paperback 🙂

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  • Isaac Handler Posted June 7, 2015 4:04 pm

    Is there any plan for level 3 texts. I’m still on level one, but I think I’m about ready for level two and I’m thinking it takes so long to make these books that I’ll be ready for level 3 by the time you make one.



  • Ian Dalton Posted June 12, 2015 8:43 am

    Despite the “Click for a larger view” caption, I can’t click for a larger view of the vocabulary not in NPCR 1–2. Will you add this information to the ebooks and/or the resources section of your website? It would be helpful.

  • Richard Vincent Posted June 21, 2015 8:54 pm

    I am interested in getting all levels of Mandarin Companion in paperback.Please direct me to the proper source for ordering.
    Yours Truly
    Richard Vincent

  • 白薏文 Posted June 30, 2015 1:32 pm

    How is the level 2 book coming along? I check your blog every week hoping to see an update!

    • jared Posted June 30, 2015 11:58 pm

      Hi Evan, I wish it was out as well! We have been running into a series of small issues in getting the story finished. We have finalized the leveling and now we have to ensure proper distribution of words and characters throughout the book and then wait for feedback from our test readers. During that process, we will begin the illustrations. Once it’s finished, we will complete the layout and design and then it will be ready! Sadly, I estimate this will still take until September 2015. It WILL come. Thanks for your enthusiasm!

      • 白薏文 Posted July 1, 2015 2:23 am

        Ok. I’d love to be a test reader! I’d still buy the book of course.

  • Chris Posted December 6, 2015 2:10 pm

    Hi, your contact us page seems to be broken so thought I would ask here. Is country of the blind (traditional) available on Amazon/kindle? I can’t seem to find it and the Amazon link is broken on your page. Thanks

  • Adam Stout Posted January 30, 2016 3:32 am

    These books are great! I teach Chinese and just ordered books for my students. One student had a question I couldn’t answer…In the Monkey’s Paw…On page 1, 1986 is written in numerals. On page 3, 8 o’clock is written with the number 8. Other numbers, like ages, seem to all be written with the Chinese character for the number. Why is that? Thanks!

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