Decent range of exercises. I would like more pinyin transcription of the various texts tho because it is frustrating that you have to search through tDecent range of exercises. I would like more pinyin transcription of the various texts tho because it is frustrating that you have to search through the textbook in order to find the one character that you forgot the meaning and pronunciation of. If not beneath the actual characters, have it at least somewhere in the back of the book....more
Yuanyuan discusses well the problems of the Chinese banking industry by first elucidating what the problems are to begin with and then makes an attempYuanyuan discusses well the problems of the Chinese banking industry by first elucidating what the problems are to begin with and then makes an attempt (a successful one I should say) at finding possible solutions by looking at the distant past.
The author begins with some general historical remarks - with particular emphasis on the inflow of foreign banks - from the end of the Opium wars in the 1840s up to the end of the 19th century. Then he makes an analysis of Daqing Bank (subsequently the Bank of China) in the environment from late 19th century up to China's takeover by Mao's communist regime in 1949. The bank's history takes us from the ending of the Qing dynasty (1890s upto 1911), through the warlord period of 1912 to 1928 and then over the period where China was ruled by KMT (The Chinese National Party, who later fled to Taiwan) from 1928 to 1949. In the beginning, China's own banks were weak and dominated by foreign banks. These banks developed by taking up various foreign banking methods such as limited liability schemes and double book keeping. As the Qing dynasty collapsed, warlords took control of the banks resulting in high level of corruption in the form of embezzlements, fraud and the like. Later they were able to losen this grip and thus to form an effective corporate governance structure making Bank of China the largest big in China. However, as the banks were taken over in 1935 by the Government, corruption rose to an all time high reaching its peak by the late 1940s.
The problems posed throughout the late 1930s to 1940s are similar to the ones China faces today. There is a serious need for a drastic change in the corporate governance in primarily China's government controlled banks and thus perhaps one can use the historical experience of Bank of China in the 1920s to mid 1930s. Incentive schemes, changes in employment methodology, proper checks and balances, changes in the relationship between central banks and local banks, modern record-keeping systems and the like are all potential changes that can be used in unison to help prevent further white-collar crimes and other problems.
Overall I should say that the book is well-written with a highly interesting account of China's banking history between late 19th century to 1949 and that anyone who wishes to get an insight into both today's and the past's problems in Chinese banking would be advised to read it. My only complaint is his every so often personal infusion of his own political conviction about the role of the state in both the banking industry and the economy at large; it is arguably an improper input in an analytical book like this. It is not a major issue though and does not take much from the rest of the analysis....more
This writing supplement to Assimil Chinese with Ease is highly useful if you wish to learn how to write Chinese characters by hand as you go through tThis writing supplement to Assimil Chinese with Ease is highly useful if you wish to learn how to write Chinese characters by hand as you go through the book. It shows you each stroke of every character you learn from the main text and the main radical associated with them. ...more
No other language book in the market has ever and probably will not ever surpass Assimil when it comes to extent of vocabulary and amount of recordedNo other language book in the market has ever and probably will not ever surpass Assimil when it comes to extent of vocabulary and amount of recorded text - approximately 1250 distinct characters and 5 hours of audio. Anyone who desires to learn Chinese (or any other language for that matter) should at some point go through Assimil. You may want to supplement it with a grammar book though if you find yourself confused by Chinese grammar as the explanations are not always the best.
The book is a decent introduction of Chinese. It contains 10 lessons, each of which introduces a specific topic such as the weather, names and the likThe book is a decent introduction of Chinese. It contains 10 lessons, each of which introduces a specific topic such as the weather, names and the like. Each lesson comes with a multitude of exercises and a list of vocabulary after being introduced to the topic through basic conversations explained through repetition using both pinyin and characters.
The dialogues are satisfactory, but I found there to be way too many exercises relative to the quantity of vocabulary introduced per lesson so that I found myself bored and discouraged. Furthermore, the so-called character writing practice can hardly be called as such since only parts of each character are guided and the radicals are not explained. Only approximately 400 words are shown in the dialogues (the remaining characters in the book are merely put on a list for display) which is not anywhere near sufficient to get anywhere (compare this to the 1200+ words in Assimil, which is still too few).
The content as such, though, is not bad by any means and the exercises are very useful. Furthermore, the "language points" are definitely one of the best I have seen so far in introductory Chinese books.
As a whole I would not recommend this as a stand-alone book for beginners of Chinese, but I would recommend it as a supplement to any other major textbook for repetition as I believe in the simply concept of the "more the merrier", especially in languages with a vastly different form of written language than the languages based on the Latin alphabet. ...more