The revised edition is designed for beginners of Mandarin, suitable for university students who study Chinese as a module, for people who take evening courses at colleges, or for self-study. The characteristics are:
- Text and vocabulary are in characters, pinyin, and English.
- The book includes 192 key sentence patterns and 550 most- frequently-used words, covering the most useful situations in real life.
- Grammatical teaching points are easy to understand to beginners.