Welcome to Our Book Shop
In our Chinese bookshop, you’ll find books for all levels of Chinese, from textbooks for beginners wanting to learn the basics to advanced classics available to download for your Kindle. Our list was created with the help of readers of the Written Chinese Blog, followers of Written Chinese on Facebook and our own Written Chinese Team. Thank you to everyone who has tried, tested and recommended books for our list. If there’s a book you’ve like us to add to our list, please leave us a message below.
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Chinese Textbooks and Workbooks
These books will teach you to understand and speak Chinese with written dialogues, audio and exercises. Most can be used in classrooms and for independent learners preparing to use Chinese day-to-day.
Learn 20 of the most important Chinese radicals with in-depth lessons that include illustrations and exercises!
Our Chinese Classroom teaches different topics using dialogues. After each topic, there’s a workbook section that challenges students to test their learning.
I also recommend continuing with the Junior 2 book (I used this in a class several years back).
This series introduces lessons that can be used in everyday life. Each lesson has new vocabulary, pattern drills and exercises as well as cultural notes.
It has hundreds of great reviews on Amazon too!
We love Chinese with Mike videos and his books are brilliant too! If you’re new to Chinese, the CwM coursebook and video series are perfect.
Grab the Chinese with Mike Activity book and complete it alongside the coursebook above!
This book is both simple and concise and addresses grammar issues without any added fluff.
It also has a brilliant 4.5/5 star customer review!
Great for beginners of Chinese as it deals with all the basics, including word lists and daily conversations.
Great for both classroom or independent study. Makes learning Chinese simple and fun!
The textbook is split into 2 parts, get Part 2 here.
A complete course for studying Chinese. Comes with course books, audio and interactive learning.
Intermediate to Advanced
This book teaches over 500 Chinese idioms. A great addition for intermediate students!
Chinese Character Books
Books that help you learn the meaning of Chinese characters, memorable ways to remember characters as well as how to write Chinese.
This is my favourite series for Chinese characters! Learn about character etymology with brilliant illustrations and mnemonics.
All 3 Fun with Chinese Character Books in 1!
Learn the meaning of 1000 Chinese characters!
Recommended by Will!
Introduces 300 characters and some useful mnemonics to help you remember them.
Learn the meaning of 800 Chinese characters with memorable stories.
An essential reference book to learn Chinese character definitions, radical breakdowns, how to write, as well as mnemonic devices.
Solve one of the biggest issues with reading Chinese characters and learn how to recognise cursive handwritten Chinese characters!
Before you take an HSK exam, test yourself with these simulated papers.
Prepare yourself for the HSK Level 1 test with these simulated tests!
Test your readiness before taking the HSK level 4 exam. Also prepares you for the different exam areas and tips on how to complete them.
HSK Graded Reader Storybooks
Chinese Graded Readers Storybooks
Read classic books in Chinese with a twist! These graded readers tell classics set in modern-day and ancient China.