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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They also have a need to interact with peers in their age group and the DeFrancis is not going to fill that need. I think it takes a certain approach to learning for students to find use in these books though.

The first page dedicates the text in memory of DeFrancis. The whole original series is in traditional characters both 1st and 2nd editions. While on some level learning a foreign language is about rote memorization, I found that there’s other ways to achieve the same goal.

DeFrancis’ ideas on Chinese writing reform appealing. Description This second edition, like the earlier first edition, introduces some of the main varieties of Chinese as found before and after the establishment of the People’s Republic of China in Biblical Hebrew, Second Ed. There are also audio files available for the whole defraancis of the series: In the s he wrote a full series of Chinese textbooks. Tiago marked it as to-read Dec 08, DeFrancis was of the opinion that students will have to learn both systems and that traditional-first is easier, my own opinion is similar, and that has been the course of my studies.


Eric Shen added it Mar 07, Bryan added it Jan 09, Open Preview See a Problem? Some people learn better through interaction, or by hearing someone explain it. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more.

Well, as far as being able to hop on the Internet and access tons more than you could in the early days goes, beginnung certainly true. To ask other readers questions about Beginning Chinese Reader, Part 1 cninese, please sign up. I still have them. Ophion rated it really liked it Feb 24, News from Russia Andrei Bogomolov. Zio Enzo added it Jul 20, The DeFrancis series filled a need for its day and time. Railssa Alencar rated it it was amazing Feb 13, Have a look at what’s going onor search for something specific.

And boring repetitive drills — a thousand variations on a pattern sentence — don’t appeal to today’s students or teachers, who prefer a softer approach. Simply put, learning to converse Speak and Listen wasn’t possible. 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.

Text and Workbook Victoria Hoffer. Since I started the book, I have found that any Chinese text is less intimidating.

Textbook Review: Beginning Chinese Reader (John DeFrancis) : ChineseLanguage

I personally learn better by reading. Arto Bendiken marked it as to-read Oct 11, At the risk of answering my own question, I’ll try and preempt a couple of possible answers to the question:. The audio is available from Beginnin Hall University. Beginning Chinese Reader is followed by intermediate and Advanced Chinese Readerthe whole thing together is about pages!


Beginning Chinese Reader, Part II, Second Edition

It’s strange no one’s published more updated readers using the same approach. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. Become a Redditor and subscribe to one of thousands of communities. Trivia About Beginning Chinese 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. The associated textbook Beginning Chinese has grammar lessons relevant to the readers, but they’re not as far as I know closely synchronised or anything.

This second edition, like the earlier first edition, introduces some of the main varieties of Chinese as found before and after the establishment of the People’s Republic of China in But there’s another reason.

I haven’t seen them myself. Meng Lelan, do you feel the new teaching methods actually added value, or were they just the “buzz de jour”? 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.

Still, something to keep in mind. Esmaeil marked it as to-read Aug 12, Yes, the dialogs seem a bit dated, the books aren’t easy to find, and they’re expensive when you do find them.