Beginning Chinese Reader, Part 1 has 13 ratings and 2 reviews. C. said: Never read this, but this is how my father learned Chinese. He highly recommends. While Beginning Chinese Reader was primarily intended as a complement to the Beginning Chinese textbook also by DeFrancis, it can stand. Sometimes I feel a bit like some kind of apostle regarding Mr. DeFrancis’ work, most especially his Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced.
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Beginning Chinese Reader, Part 1 by John DeFrancis
Beginning Chinese Reader was the first result, and from there the reviews sold me. I personally learn better by reading. By and large these readers are as good as they were when they were first published. I doubt they’re available anywhere in actual stores, except perhaps University stores. I would say it is suitable for any student who is no longer a complete beginner with the spoken language who is a beginner or otherwise struggling with reading.
He highly recommends it for anyone interested in learning to read Chinese. Tiago marked it as to-read Dec 08, Sign In Sign Up. Beginning Chinese Reader is still in print after more than 50 years, so while it seems to be a little bit obscure I am apparently not the only person to love it!
The Mandarin course I took had once used some of the DeFrancis books as its set texts, but they’d apparently become too expensive especially to import into the UK – and remember that this was pre-internet and Amazon etc. In the s he wrote a full series of Chinese textbooks. This is very useful for people who don’t have the time for more dedicated options.
Simply put, learning to converse Speak and Listen wasn’t possible. As an example the Chinese school where I teach, over the reaxer of 15 years we have changed textbooks two or three times.
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There are an umpteen number of discussions on other readers like the Practical Chinese Reader series and the like, which do look quite good, but which in fhinese most humble opinion pale in comparison to the masterpiece of Chinese pedagogy that constitute the three-volume reader series by Dr.
Please post interesting links, language learning advice, or questions! I’m mostly fine with characters but I just need lots and lots of reading practice. Lula added it Jun 20, Sign in Already have an account?
The whole original series is in traditional characters both 1st and 2nd editions. Sure, the Internet vhinese you with more stuff, but can one acquire reading fluency just by jumping on the Internet and haphazardly studying whatever you find?
Timothy added it Jul 22, Since I started the book, I have found that any Chinese text is less intimidating. Dan Gilles added it May 18, Given the absolute necessity of extensive reading in a language like Chinese to move beyond “slow decipher work”, the amount of content packed into these books should be enough to arouse anyone’s interest.
But after some time, a vast majority were born in the US and this series was inappropriate because it had content that was not consistent with life as a Chinese heritage in the US, daily needs, staying in contact with relatives, etc.
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. There aren’t really any explanations. Share this post Link to post Share on other sites. I haven’t seen this one mentioned on here before, so I thought I would point uohn out since I was very impressed with it.
Still, something to keep in mind. And teachers pick textbooks, and teachers these days don’t like to look at traditional characters. The associated textbook Beginning Chinese has defranciz lessons relevant to the readers, but they’re not as far as I know closely synchronised or anything.
So we switched to a readeg published in Jinan.
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