Here is a suggested curriculum, designed for those who want to live and work in China, and make friends with Chinese people:
Chinese Made Easier Books 1-5
Specifically designed to meet the day-to-day communicative needs of westerners who are living and working in China.
The content is both practical and relevant.
The Chinese grammar is explained simply and clearly.
The romanization is gradually phased out over the whole course rather than the all-then-nothing approach of most Chinese textbooks.
Learning to read Chinese characters is also introduced in manageable bites.
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