“How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals” by Sy Montgomery “ This is a beautiful book — essential reading for anyone who loves animals and. 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. It’s worth noting that the supplementary DeFrancis readers, intended for after Intermediate Chinese Reader, are only available in simplified.

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Chinese Breeze also has a series. Log in or sign up in seconds. Want to add to the discussion? I haven’t seen this one mentioned on here before, so I thought I would point it out since I was very impressed with it.

In the s he wrote a full series of Chinese textbooks. The Dawn of Slavic Alexander M. Ioana is currently reading it Jul 18, Well you’ve certainly convinced me. You don’t need Beginning Chinese specifically, but you will need some textbook or grammar reference.

Beginning Chinese Reader, Part 1

I eagerly tore into bebinning but found that it’s all in pinyin. Share this post Link to post Share on other sites. New, Like new, Very good, Good, Acceptable, etc. But as the books are packed away in a closet somewhere, I can’t quote you chapter and verse. I’m mostly fine with characters but I just need lots and lots of reading practice. Posted May 18, Thanks for the recommendations!

Posted Readet 23, Posted May 19, Thanks for telling us about the problem. I’m now on lesson Please post interesting links, language learning advice, or questions! Book ratings by Goodreads.

I will go ahead and order a copy of the Beginning Chinese textbook. When you say “increasingly complex grammatical structures” are they explained anywhere or is this just sort of how it works? PaperbackSecond Editionpages. We’re featuring millions reaedr their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book.


I think it’s perfectly fine to use the Defrancis readers alongside any textbook you like. All in all, though, I am happy buying from Amazon-backed resellers.

For example, with the Defrancis books, the tags used by the database to track the books: Reacer a very different feeling from when I had to consciously try to figure those things out! Since beginnning is considered a make-or-break issue for some people I’ll put it near the front. At the beginning level, there is a textbook, Beginning Chinese pinyin onlya character text no grammatical explanations, just the text of BC in traditional charactersand a two-volume set of Beginning Chinese Neginning no significant explanation of the grammar required is included.

Now if I can just figure out how to use iTunes Be sure to read the description of each category: The Best Books of When the book is supposed to have a CD or DVD, if the description doesn’t mention whether there is one included, contact the seller and ask before you buy.

Tiago marked it as to-read Dec 08, Zio Enzo added it Jul 20, Create an account or sign in to comment You need to be a member in order to leave a comment Create an account Sign up for a new account in our community.

Is it worth buying another book or is it easy enough to get used to reading just pinyin again? Obviously then, BC is the lynchpin of the system.

The De Francis reader series and textbooks don’t really overlap in terms of coverage of grammar rules and such.

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You should also check out the newer Mandarin Companion series. Intermediate Cambodian Reader Franklin E.

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The Defrancis books are a carefully designed learning system. By winterpromise31, May 14, in Textbooks for learning Chinese. Posted May 14, dffrancis Beginning Chinese Reader is still in print after beginnibg than 50 years, so while it seems to be a little bit obscure I am apparently defrancos the only person to love it!

The experience of reading new material that is progressively more challenging is just joyful. He is certainly the grandaddy of Chinese graded readers.

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 usages chinees in providing additional material relevent to the PRC.

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Rebecca rated it it was amazing Dec 18, 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 However the De Derrancis series, if you go through it properly, is thorough and comprehensive, though yes, dated in some respects, with a few other small problems, but then Gubo and Palanka have their problems, too.