After graduation from University in 2009, Vivienne worked as a freelance interpreter for many international companies such as Huawei, Samsung, Apple, Mercedes, Siemens, Areva, Peugeot, and others.
In 2010, Vivienne decided to fully dedicate herself to teaching Chinese language to foreign expats employed at those same multi-national companies where she worked as an interpreter before.
In 2012, based on the success of her teaching, Vivienne wrote a series of books that teach Chinese using her unique learning methods. These techniques have become very popular among her students and readers.
Author Vivienne Zhang is a native Chinese speaker fluent in English who has been translating, interpreting and teaching for many years. She has tried, tested and perfected various lessons and techniques that apply well to Chinese studies. These modern techniques are now published in a series of four books.
Each book teaches the reader both Pinyin and Hanzi (Chinese characters). One of the unique features in these books is the literal translation into English of common Chinese expressions and vocabulary. For example, you can often see the annotation “lit.” with the grammar points in BOOK 1, showing the direct translation of the Chinese text. This technique reinforces an understanding of sentence structure and grammar which has proven to be instrumental in helping the students and readers to retain the Chinese that they have already learned. Other Chinese language books do not use this approach.
BOOK 4 provides useful, high frequency language and examples heard everyday on the streets of China. Part 1 gives the reader a solid basis for understanding Chinese in additional day-to-day situations, such as traveling, renting apartments, sports, dating, and many more.
Chinese facts and cultural information are also touched upon in Part 2 to give a better understanding of the Chinese people.
BOOK 3 provides useful, high frequency language and examples heard everyday on the streets of China. This book is designed to give the reader a solid basis for understanding Chinese in different day-to-day situations, such as eating as a restaurant, shopping, social situations, dealing with emergencies, and many more. You can study these daily life topics in any order.
In BOOK 2, Part 1 provides more grammar points which continue from BOOK 1. There are useful examples to help you grasp each of the grammar points. Part 1 is arranged in such a way that any topic in this part can be studied independently.
Upon completion of this book, you will attain not only mastery of Chinese grammar and vocabulary, but also an expanded knowledge of Chinese writing.
In BOOK 1, Part 1 teaches the Pinyin system, the Romanization of Mandarin, often considered the foundation for learning the language. After Part 1 is completed, you can move on to Part 2 which provides an understanding of grammar points. There are useful examples to help you grasp each of the grammar points.
Upon completion of this book, you will attain mastery of Chinese grammar and vocabulary.