This continuation builds on the material in the earlier book, allowing users to expand their familiarity with Mandarin Chinese. The new audio CD feature is especially helpful to learning and understanding the language as spoken. The ten lessons, although similar in structure to those in the earlier volume, provide a stronger emphasis on grammar and vocabulary. The glossary features vocabulary lists from both volumes.
The author received his PhD in Anthropology and Linguistics from Columbia University, USA. He presently co-ordinates the Chinese Programme at the UN and serves as the Vice-President and Executive Director of the Chinese Language Teachers' Association of Greater New York.