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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The Best Books of Zio Enzo added it Jul 20, While continuing to stress the basic importance of the traditional usages, such as the regular characters to be found in all materials published before the adoption of the simplified forms in and still in use in some areas, the present revision goes further in contrasting variant deftancis and in providing additional material relevent to the PRC. The DeFrancis texts are now in print and available from Yale Press.
Simply put, learning to converse Speak and Listen wasn’t possible. Another reason is quite possibly that there’s just a lot more to read nowadays.
You beginninh also check out the newer Mandarin Companion series. Defrandis the easy access to alternatives, I think that would go a long way to explaining the lack of popularity of the series you talk about.
All in all, I can’t see how you can go wrong using this series, regardless of what your particular character set preference is. Like I said in my original post, it makes learning to read Chinese easy. Beginning Chinese Reader is followed by intermediate and Advanced Chinese Readerthe whole thing together is about pages! Maybe I’ll try and find cchinese Part 2 of the reader somewhere. It also assumes a great deal of prior exposure to Chinese at home. Rebecca rated it it was amazing Dec 18, Since I started the book, I have found that any Chinese text is less intimidating.
While continuing to stress the basic importance of the traditional usages, such as the regular characters to be found in all materials published before the adoption of the simplified forms in and still in use in some defranci, the present revision goes further in contrasting variant usages and in providing additional material relevent to the PRC.
Beginning Chinese Reader, Part 1
News from Russia Andrei Bogomolov. There are also audio files available for the whole text of the series: Plus, learning Traditional first and switching to Simplified later on is a whole lot easier to do than the other way around. Not a very realistic teaching approach because fewer and fewer parents are able to maintain a Chinese speaking atmosphere in the home these days.
Ioana is currently reading it Jul 18, But they’re readily available online. I still have them. There are support books, and study guides, and whatnot to help your learning, but they aren’t necessary. Sign In Sign Up.
Other books in this series. Glen Coppin marked it as to-read Mar 24, Each lesson is cumulative, building upon the characters in the previous lesson.
All were in traditional Chinese. My point is simply befinning being relatively unavailable, and visually unappealing, why would anyone choose DeFrancis books over more modern books which they may see first-hand in a bookshop? I don’t know, all I did to find out about the series was simply bang “Chinese reader” into Amazon.
Beginning Chinese Reader, Part 1 by John DeFrancis
It’s a method that places a lot of emphasis rader drills: At the end of the final beginniing, some characters have been taught. There aren’t really any explanations. As an example the Chinese school where I teach, over the course of 15 years we have changed textbooks two or three times because previous editions were not appropriate for a changing student population and new teaching methods. In each lesson, DeFrancis introduces about ten characters, gives their pronunciation sgives a good number of compound words using the characters.
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Through these books though, at least I could still make some progress. Sure, the Internet provides you with more stuff, but can one acquire reading fluency just by jumping on the Internet and haphazardly studying whatever you find? Dame marked it as to-read Dec 17, Intermediate Cambodian Reader Franklin E. Well, in the UK at least, I haven’t ever seen them available anywhere.
Zencephalon rated it it was amazing Oct 06, His Beginning Readers were extremely useful and I learned much from them. DeFrancis’ Hanzi readers teaches traditional characters by character frequency, divided into six books. I already “knew” almost all of the characters in the book, but only now am I able to read them aloud in running text at a speaking pace comfortably; even with a text I’ve never seen before I’m only slightly hesitant at times.
I think instead of trying to find the best “average” teaching method and then having everybody use that, people should figure out what teaching style best suits them, and then find resources geared towards that.