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Beginning Chinese Reader, Part II, Second Edition

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John DeFrancis

Sometimes I feel a bit like some kind of apostle regarding Mr. 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. Why is this? There are an umpteen number of discussions on other readers like the Practical Chinese Reader series and the like, which do look quite good, but which in my most humble opinion pale in comparison to the masterpiece of Chinese pedagogy that constitute the three-volume reader series by Dr. At the risk of answering my own question, I'll try and preempt a couple of possible answers to the question:.


Beginning Chinese Reader, Part 1

His father, a laborer who changed his name from DeFrancesco , died when DeFrancis was a young child. His mother was illiterate. After graduating from Yale University in with a B. In , he accompanied H. Desmond Martin, a Canadian military historian, [2] on a several-thousand-mile trip retracing the route of Genghis Khan through Mongolia and northwestern China. DeFrancis returned to the United States in [4] and did not visit China again until


Beginning Chinese Reader, Part 1 / Edition 2

For beginner students who just start learning reading and writing Chinese, we do have an answer for this question, that they start with learning Chinese characters. However, it should be made clear that this is not the most crucial aspect of their learning. That is what we need in learning a Chinese character, to gain an extended understanding, to acquire an adequate knowledge of the richness of usages and meanings attached to individual characters. Moreover, what DeFrancis said also points out the limitation of a single Chinese character that, when standing alone, does not convey a great deal of information. After becoming fully aware of the limitations and potentials of individual Chinese characters, John DeFrancis wrote his Chinese Reader series based on the studies of Chinese character occurrence, which is the best way to overcome one of the most difficult obstacles for non-Chinese speakers to learn Chinese, thousands of Chinese characters. April Zhang followed what DeFrancis did before and made some improvements in certain areas.

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