Schaum's Outline of Chinese Grammar is designed to assist beginning and
intermediate students of Mandarin Chinese develop and enhance their
knowledge of Chinese grammar. Chinese morphology can be intimidating to
students. By simplifying the learning process, this practical book enriches
the student's understanding of the Chinese language. The accessible summary
of the major features of Chinese grammar complete with clear explanations of
terms and usage is especially helpful to students. The book features 200
sets of practice exercises as well as Chinese-English and English-Chinese
glossaries. It serves as a much-needed supplement to textbooks and class
materials currently being used in first-and second-year college-level
About the Author
Claudia Ross, Ph.D. (Worcester, MA) has been teaching Chinese as a
second language for 20 years.
- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (February 13, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN: 0071377646
- Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.1 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds.
- Average Customer Review:
based on 10 reviews.
|36 of 36 people found the following review
Should be a required ancillary to your main learning medium,
April 17, 2005
It took four years for the best grammar accompaniment to appear.
That's when I started learning Mandarin. Like many of you who are
satisfied with Pimsleur, you still needed more. I sat through classes in
a university, used various software packages, and read books all
contributing in different (and needed ways). The grammar problem though
is recurring. I still have problems with guo/le that even in a classroom
are not totally resolved. The Yip/Rimmington et al. grammar books just
didn't resonate with my learning style: too formal, too detailed, too
structured, and only in simplified (not to mention how much vocab you
needed to understand well the examples).
Ross' treatment in the Schaum book is great. Lots and lots of examples
(pinyin, simplified/traditional, English) with slight variations in
usage illustrated. As has been pointed out in other reviews, having at
least a year of study already improves its value. Actually there were
distinctions made between some words I didn't know needed distinctions,
such as zai/shi. Excellent treatment of other situations like the
various unlike-English section on positional words (inside, outside,
above, below, etc.). Another aspect is the exhaustive nature of some
groupings or lists, for example, all the variations on these positional
words and the possible combinations. Another example would be
numbers/money/percentages etc. Almost more than you want.
This has been very helpful to me as a reference grammar that is
excellent. In some cases, it would be helpful to have more descriptive
text: like most Schaum's, text is terse. Also, time expressions,
duration, etc. would be nice to be in a single place. Most are there,
but you need to look for them.
It's inexpensive and worth the investment.
|27 of 27 people found the following review
An excellent resource!, December 23, 2004
I had worked my way through all three of Pimsleur's Mandarin
Comprehensive CD sets (each excellent its own right) and was looking for
something to answer a few lingering questions. (Pimsleur is fantastic on
giving you great pronunciation and practical speaking skills but often
leaves you wanting to know a little more of the WHY behind the grammar.)
This book was the perfect solution. It summarizes the core grammar
accurately and succinctly and is very easy to work through once you've
completed a course like Pimsleur. I also ordered a $50 reference grammar
of Chinese from Routledge and found it almost useless in comparison.
Just a really nice book that does exactly what it sets out to.
|1 of 1 people found the following review
One of the better Chinese language books on the market., March
There are some really bad ones out there, especially one called,
Modern Chinese by Peking University. The only thing modern about that
one is that they keep updating the picture on the cover. It was written
during or shortly after the Cultural Revolution and contains nouns and
phrases no one uses anymore. One of my complaints about other books is
that many of them concentrate too heavily on the pinyin, the
alphabetized Chinese, the implication being that characters are
unimportant. Nothing could be further from the truth. I was in Beijing
in 1999 and every sign, menu, train ticket, etc. was in characters.
Moreover, because Chinese is a tonal language with a zillion homonyms
pinyin really isn't very helpful except as a tool for pronunciation and
filing. Perhaps it's because the characters came from pictures most
people, once they develop some fluency, find them easier to read than
Ross' book is modern and the format is reader friendly; print is decent
sized, not too busy, and the book can lie flat open. It covers many
grammar points and has exercises. I like it that it also contains both
the simplified and traditional characters. It has a couple of minor
mistakes and needs a tiny bit of updating but, overall it's an excellent
|1 of 2 people found the following review
Excellent content and price., February 11, 2006
If you are like me, trying to figure out where to begin studying
Chinese, I recommend purchasing a grammar early on. I have been studying
Mandarin for a year now with a private teacher. I recommend a grammar
book, dictionary, and a teacher to beginners.
This book is excellent. I like that it uses simplified and traditional
characters and I agree with other reviewers that a glossary would be
useful in future editions.
One typo: p. 7 top of page "kuai"[fast] should be "kuai"[piece]
|8 of 8 people found the following review
A very useful book, October 10, 2005
I bought this book to use as a grammar reference book for use in my
job. This book is certainly helping me improve my Chinese. The grammar
exercises are helpful and having the answers at the back make it a good
choice for self study. It's great that the characters appear in both
traditional and simplified form as well as pinyin.
I do feel that linguistic terms were over used which could have been
substituted with more user friendly terms. It is obviously a book
designed for university students who are already familiar with these
terms. Yet I think it is probably not as bad as others. I would just
like to see a glossary of the terms used.
|0 of 11 people found the following review
nice!, September 15, 2005
this outline is pretty helpful...not to mention i received the books
pretty fast in 4 days