BEGINNING CHINESE READER JOHN DEFRANCIS PDF

Ten new characters a lesson and a list of words built from the new characters and old, followed by a handful of simple sentences, followed by a list of sentences with English translations, followed by several pages of dialogue and text with no translation available anywhere, engineered to bring up old characters and words at regular intervals until they sink into your brain. Totals up to characters and a loooot of words per volume, placing you at characters by the end. I am only most of the way through Beginning Chinese Reader Part I and am a mere infant in learning Mandarin but if my opinions are worth anything, I absolutely love this book. It hits a sweet spot for me with the ascent being steep enough to make progress while not so steep that it is taxing. It honestly doesn't even feel like studying, just kicking back and having a good time reading about my friends Mr.

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Ten new characters a lesson and a list of words built from the new characters and old, followed by a handful of simple sentences, followed by a list of sentences with English translations, followed by several pages of dialogue and text with no translation available anywhere, engineered to bring up old characters and words at regular intervals until they sink into your brain.

Totals up to characters and a loooot of words per volume, placing you at characters by the end. I am only most of the way through Beginning Chinese Reader Part I and am a mere infant in learning Mandarin but if my opinions are worth anything, I absolutely love this book. It hits a sweet spot for me with the ascent being steep enough to make progress while not so steep that it is taxing. It honestly doesn't even feel like studying, just kicking back and having a good time reading about my friends Mr.

My hope is that I can just keep sleepwalking down the road and somehow come up on the other side reading crop yield reports and Sun Yat Sen speeches or whatever they liked to read in the 50s but I have a suspicion that the difficulty will eventually build up and I'll have to start working. Possible downsides: Traditional characters an upside for me and mostly mainly the fact that this book is more than 50 years old and so I've been double-checking the vocabulary with various dictionaries.

There are a few things I've noticed as different from the other sources I've been doing for a few months. This list will probably strike me later like that of an English learner being astounded by how "color" is spelled two different ways depending on where you look. I agree that this resource is beyond fantastic and, to the extent that anything might be "outdated" - well, that's the same discussion as with the FSI courses, and generally even the least astute of learners once confronted with the actual language will be easily able to adapt.

That is to say, there are no reasonable grounds for discounting this course on account of its age. At the end of Volume 2 of Beginner's each lesson has a corollary set of readings in Simplified. I like to do these after each lesson, and use them for my review process since they are shorter and because reading simplified is just as important, if not more so depending on your immediate goals with Chinese. Finally, Advanced Chinese Reader does have a sort of "Volume 2" which is a set of annotated quotations from Chairman Mao.

If I understand correctly, this amounts essentially to the "little red book" - surely after completely reading this volume you should be more than well-equipped to look at Sun Yat Sen, etc. My university library has a copy of Advanced Chinese Reader and, let me tell you, it looks intense. The text is much smaller, and it's a good pages of pure Chinese. I also own the coursebooks for Beginner's Chinese, which include a continuous storyline and dozens of pattern drills.

They are available for free on iTunes, etc. If all of the patterns are recorded, then realistically I don't see what more one would need to truly speak and read Chinese than this mammoth series. I think Linguaphone would be a good supplement, as it has some pretty long readings and dense vocabulary I mean, pomegranate tree is in Lesson The level reached at the end of this course is extremely low, and the exercises are child's play.

If you are only interested in traditional, then one of the earlier editions would be more suitable for you and probably cheaper , rather than the newest one which is in simplified with traditionals as parentheticals and indexed by HSK exam level.

What I'm astounded by is how far present-day language courses are from having anything like this. I would love to have had the equivalent for French or Korean starting out, or an Advanced Korean Reader right now.

I read both of the Beginning volumes, then both of the Intermediate ones, then half of the Advanced volume. This would have been in I still have them on my shelves. I remember these books positively. However, the subject matter of the texts was a bit monotonous. And if I was starting to learn Chinese today, I would get my reading matter online, so that I could look up words in Pleco.

The difficulty level of the Advanced DeFrancis volume is much lower than in Chinese novels, news or online discussions. Very few study materials do, for any language. Miraculously, the links he provided to download the materials are still working. Just curious, there are so many books listed on Amazon that I don't know exactly how the whole series is supposed to work. Ditto for Intermediate and Advanced.

The readers can be completed on their own merit provided you have some semblance of understanding of Chinese grammar - as this is not covered at all.

The readers simply present you 10 characters at a time, with dozens of words using these, and then ample practice reading material.

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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 Kennedy and then at Columbia University due to Columbia's larger graduate program in Sinology.

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