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This Quick Start edition provides the first two lessons of the full Zhongwen Bu Mafan! first-year Mandarin curriculum (available on Kindle). It includes two input units and the accompanying 400+ word reading, in both Traditional and Simplified character versions. This edition is intended for teachers who want to start the year or try out the Cold Character reading method of Mandarin literacy without making the investment in the full curriculum. It is not suited to individuals learning Mandarin on their own; it is intended for teacher use.
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Terry Waltz holds a Ph.D in Foreign Language Education (Mandarin Chinese) and is a NYS-certified teacher of Mandarin Chinese and a nationally-recognized presenter on teaching Chinese through TPRS and Comprehensible Input methodologies. She is the author of "Anna mei Banfa!", "Susan you mafan", "Josh Duyiwuer", the PandaRiffic reader series and numerous illustrated storybooks for emergent readers of Chinese, as well as the "Zhongwen Bu Mafan!" curriculum. She is the creator of the cold character reading method of teaching Chinese literacy and the TOP (Tonally Orthographic Pinyin) system of tonal spelling, and originated the use of directional gestures for teaching Chinese tones. A qualified conference interpreter, Dr. Waltz lived in Taiwan for a decade, where she earned her MA in Conference Interpreting at Fujen University and taught languages and interpreting at schools and government agencies around the island. She now lives in upstate New York, dividing her time between writing learner-friendly Chinese materials, developing educational games for Squid For Brains, and continuing her longtime interpreting and translation practice in Mandarin and Spanish.
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