"Climbing up: An Intermediate Chinese Course (2nd Edition) consists of two volumes, each including two sub-volumes. Most texts select themes reflecting contemporary Chinese social life and are very interesting. Each lesson is composed of six modules, namely, “Text”, “New Words”, “Notes”, “Usage of the Words”, “Compare the Usage of the Words”, and “Exercises”. Besides the notes and explanations, a distinctive characteristic of this textbook is that it has a module, i.e., “Compare the Usage of the Words”, to meet students’ needs to use diverse words in their expressions. Frequently-used synonyms are selected in pairs or groups to compare and practice, which not only helps students solve their difficulties in learning, but also enriches their vocabulary. To help students achieve the overall improvement in their listening, speaking, reading and writing abilities, based on the first edition, two types of exercises, i.e., “Dialogue” and “Reading”, have been added in the second edition. "