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Beginning Chinese Reader, Part II, Second Edition

Winterpromise31 The Defrancis books are a carefully designed learning system. Ioana is currently reading it Jul 18, Dame marked it as to-read Dec 17, I’m now on lesson I can use this to make myself some good flashcards.

Homoionym added defancis Nov 14, Many of the DeFrancis books are listed in this thread: Modern Defranciss Donald L. Maybe I’ll try and find the Part 2 of the reader somewhere. So yes, any bsginning will do, but perhaps BC may do it better. If you’re seeking a translation, please post your question in our biweekly translation thread. 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.

Textbook Review: Beginning Chinese Reader (John DeFrancis) : ChineseLanguage

The second edition has an appendix that gives the simplified equivalents for the characters used in the books. 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 Bryan added it Jan 09, 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.


There’s not much in terms of specific tie-ins between the Defrancis textbook and Defrancis reader. The Defrancis books are a carefully designed learning system.

You should also check out the newer Mandarin Companion series. The introductions in the various books explain the desired lag recommended to have appropriate amounts of grammar and vocabulary under your belt before you start the next book.

This is a community for people studying or teaching Chinese – or even if you’re just interested in the languages of China. You should also check out the newer Mandarin Companion [ www. That is the book you should start with, hopefully accompanied at first by the character text for BC.

Despite many of the reading passages being very outdated ! Then you can add the reader when you feel up for it.

Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. A lot of it will probably overlap with things I’ve already learned but the review won’t hurt. Biblical Hebrew, Second Ed.

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My copy of Beginning Chinese arrived yesterday. Did I buy the wrong version? No trivia or quizzes yet. No need for iTunes.


Beginning Chinese Reader, Part 1

It’s stickied on our front page. Log in or sign up in seconds. Intermediate Cambodian Reader Franklin E. Ramathael added it Jul 05, I actually find it harder to read pinyin than it is to read the traditional characters.

Danny Fox added it Jul 27, Jan 29, Melissa rated it liked it Shelves: What more could you want!!! Do I really need to buy the other book and study it at the same time?

It’s strange no one’s published more updated readers using the same approach. Felix marked it as to-read May 03, In any event, I wouldn’t skip the textbook if I were you. Supplement for Advanced Comprehension Vicki Hoffer.

I will go ahead and order a copy of the Beginning Chinese textbook.

The experience of reading new material that is progressively more challenging is just joyful. Submit a new text post.

I guess it takes too much work. Still, something to keep in mind. Become a Redditor and subscribe to one of thousands of communities.