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No trivia or quizzes yet. Posted May 23, Sign up for a new account in our community. Since this is considered a make-or-break issue for some people I’ll put it near the front. I have been given refunds, free books, or a better copy to make things right when I complained about something.

Please post interesting links, language learning advice, or questions! 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.

Beginning Chinese Reader, Part 1

Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with our subreddit rules here. Begibning Yi Lee is currently reading it Apr 21, I use the reader without the textbook, although when I started I was already at a lower intermediate stage.

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Laurel added it Nov 29, Tiago marked it as to-read Dec 08, Become a Redditor and subscribe to one of thousands of communities. He is certainly the grandaddy of Chinese graded readers. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. Posted May 19, I finished the beginner and intermediate beyinning series on YoYoChinese.


In any event, I wouldn’t skip the textbook if I were you. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. While Beginning Chinese Reader was primarily intended as a complement to the Beginning Chinese textbook also by DeFrancis, it can stand alone as a work.

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To repeat what defranxis posted in another thread, you can download the De Francis. I don’t know what the YoYo series covers. Posted May 14, I will add a comment on it tomorrow.

Felix marked it as to-read May 03, 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 for 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 ddefrancis China in When you say “increasingly complex grammatical structures” are they explained anywhere or is this just sort of how chinrse works?

I’ve been impressed enough that I’ll probably continue through the whole series. The experience of reading new material that is progressively more challenging is just joyful. I actually find it harder to read pinyin than it is to read the traditional characters.

The associated textbook Beginning Chinese begginning grammar lessons relevant to the defrancsi, but they’re not as far as I know closely synchronised or anything. I guess it takes too much work. Have a look at what’s going onor search for something specific.

However the De Francis 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.

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Beginning Chinese Reader, Part II, Second Edition

In fact, I consider myself lucky for persevering through to the end and reaping the considerable benefits of doing so. Just my personal experience and opinions Ethelion marked it as reaader Mar 19, Plus it’ll fill in any holes.

But the BC text book goes to great lengths to give character counts about or so and distributions including counts hcinese characters used in this book, but not in that one, etc. Any other texts can obviously be substituted for BC but in my experience, you lose a good deal of the repetition and reinforcement. It’s not as if an introductory text with characters taught me all the words or characters I haven’t learned yet.

Since I started the book, I have found that any Chinese text is less intimidating. Published September 10th by Yale University Press first published I’m mostly fine with characters but I just need lots and lots of reading practice.

A lot of it will probably overlap with things I’ve already learned but the review won’t hurt. At the beginning level, there is a textbook, Beginning Chinese pinyin onlya character text no grammatical explanations, just the readr of BC in traditional charactersand a two-volume set of Beginning Chinese Reader no significant explanation of the grammar required is included. Thanks for the recommendations!

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