Ideal for: Beginning through advanced-level college courses; study abroad preparation; professional training programs; independent learners.Carefully sequenced to cover four years of instruction from beginning through advanced levels, Chinese Odyssey enables students to practice new skills in a variety of interactive situations. It features: Precisely graded vocabulary, and clear, detailed explanations of grammatical rules and language usage. Colloquial phrases and cultural material mixed into the solid grammar base, to enhance students' working knowledge of Chinese culture. A wide range of activities that develop and solidify students' listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Exercises and quizzes modeled after the HSK, China's standardized test of Chinese for foreign learners, making it the ideal series for anyone who plans to study or work in China. A variety of images, video, audio and readings that incorporate all the basic language skills in a dynamic multimedia environment. Workbook. Allows learners to complete listening, reading, writing, and some speaking exercises without using a computer. It includes all the workbook exercises from the CD-ROMs, with the exception of some speaking exercises that require voice recording and playback.