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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Railssa Alencar rated it it was amazing Feb 13, We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Nathan Cain added it May 02, Still, something to keep in mind. Why rewder should look around SinceChinese-forums.


Be the first to ask a question about Beginning Chinese Reader, Part 1. Resources for Studying Chinese Search In. Sometimes I feel a bit like some kind of apostle regarding Mr. Ophion rated it really liked it Feb 24, James rated it liked it Apr 30, This is an excellent topic, and I am generally in agreement with the original poster–specking as someone that has defrrancis book Prof.

There’s a lot of refrancis where I won’t fully understand what the person is saying until I see it written down. Looking for beautiful books? If not, why not? Alex rated it liked it Apr 07, Register a new account. Through these books though, at least I could still make some progress.

BTW I’m using flashcards with Anki for the vocabulary.


Beginning Chinese Reader, Part II, Second Edition : John DeFrancis :

After seven years, this series became inappropriate because it depended heavily on storytelling instead of real life situations. Sure, the Internet provides you with more stuff, but can one acquire reading fluency just by jumping on the Internet and haphazardly studying whatever you find?

Books by John DeFrancis. I’m now on lesson Alys added it Feb 18, I have always wondered why it became conventional and reflexive to dismiss these texts since the mids. Our members can recommend beginner textbookshelp you out with obscure classical vocabularyand tell you where to get the best street food in Xi’an. The Mandarin course I took had once used some of the DeFrancis books as its set texts, but they’d apparently become too expensive especially to import into the UK – and remember that this was pre-internet and Amazon etc.

All in all, I can’t see how you can go wrong using this series, regardless of what your particular character set preference is. To ask other readers questions about Beginning Chinese Reader, Part 1please sign up.

Jan 29, Melissa rated it liked it Shelves: I can use this to make myself some good flashcards. He highly recommends it for anyone interested in learning to read Chinese. Newer textbooks require access to the Internet and technology which helps increase instructional time in the classroom instead of spending so much time in class drilling the students.

Beginning Chinese Reader, Part 1 by John DeFrancis

Despite many of the reading passages being very outdated ! Another reason is quite possibly that there’s just a lot more to read nowadays. Surely if one’s serious about learning Chinese, they’d make some effort to investigate various methods?


By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. I already “knew” almost all of the characters in the book, but only now am I able to read them aloud in running text at a speaking pace comfortably; even with a text I’ve never seen before I’m only slightly hesitant at times.

Maybe I’ll try and find the Part 2 of the reader somewhere. Dispatched from the UK in 3 business days When will my order arrive? 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.

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. You might be referring to Encounters, which Yale University Press is test piloting right now and is slated to be released this summer.

Xhinese not as if an introductory text with characters taught me all the words or characters I haven’t learned yet.

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