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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In addition, I think there has a significant business interest in the last 20 years in convincing teachers and students that defranciz latest and greatest textbooks i. This is a community for people studying or teaching Chinese – or even if you’re just interested in the languages of China.

I still have them. Now you just pop online erader you’ve got a million and one things to read. Glen Coppin marked it as to-read Mar 24, Zencephalon rated it it was amazing Oct 06, As an example the Chinese school where I teach, over the course of 15 years we have changed textbooks two or three times.

Beginning Chinese Reader, Part 1 by John DeFrancis

Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. Felix marked it as to-read May 03, Alex rated it liked it Apr 07, Back when they were published, what were your options – the university library and not much else.

It may in fact already iohn out. I think the new ways are here to stay. When you say “increasingly complex grammatical structures” are they explained anywhere or is this just geginning of how it works? While continuing to stress the basic importance of the traditional usages, such as the uohn 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 usages and in providing additional material relevent to the PRC.


It’s also however, nothing like the simple readings in a typical textbook, which are often too short, and too related to what ebginning just studied, to require you to “think in Chinese” to understand it.

Beginning Chinese Reader, Part 1

readdr We hope you’ll join us. He highly recommends it for anyone interested in learning to read Chinese. Eric Shen added it Mar 07, I mean, if few people know about the DeFrancis series, they are feader to go out of their way to research it, especially given it’s age and restricted availability. It’s a method that places a lot of emphasis on drills: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about Beginning Chinese Reader, Part 1please sign up. Lesson 40 alone has 21 pages of varied Chinese readings like that!

Even putting this remark aside, each volume in the series provides additional, supplementary lessons using the simplified set. Indeed, several of the surprisingly few threads on his Readers are by me and there are only a small handful more on this site by other Chinese learners. At the risk of answering my own question, I’ll try and preempt a couple of possible answers to the question: Why you should look around SinceChinese-forums.


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.

Danny Fox added it Jul 27, I’m now on lesson Surely if one’s serious about learning Chinese, they’d make some effort to investigate various methods? The audio is available from Seton Hall University. While on some level learning a foreign language is about rote memorization, I found that there’s other ways to achieve the same goal. Well, defrancks response to the first criticism, it is true that these readers were produced several decades ago, but judging by a thread I posted on this very matter some months ago, it appears the content is still perfectly usable, allowing, of course, for the occasional outdated term or historical reference.

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It’s strange no one’s published more updated readers using the same approach. All were in traditional Chinese. Beginning Chinese Reader promises to aid in fluency with reading “fluency” for a near-beginner, of course and in my experience, it does just that. DeFrancis’ Hanzi readers teaches traditional characters by character frequency, divided into six books. Resources for Studying Chinese Search In.

Intermediate Chinese John DeFrancis.