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All Things Considered: Advanced Reader of Modern Chinese. (Paperback)

All Things Considered: Advanced Reader of Modern Chinese. (Paperback)
Author/Publisher: Chih-p'ing Chou
Format: paperback
Emphasis: Reader
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Note: Simplified Chinese & Traditional Chinese
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This modern Chinese language textbook bridges the gap between intermediate and advanced Chinese. It is ideal for students who have completed intermediate courses but need more language practice to prepare them for the complexity of advanced Chinese.

The text is divided into two parts. The first section consists of twelve dialogues; the second is a selection of recent newspaper articles about contemporary Chinese society. A novel feature of All Things Considered is that several topics appear in both dialogue and essay forms. This repetition is designed to improve students' retention of grammar and vocabulary as well as to highlight differences between spoken and written Chinese.

All of the articles and dialogues center on everyday issues in contemporary China. Several of the topics featured are controversial in the hope that they will spark students' interest and promote participation in class discussions.

About the Author
Chih-p'ing Chou is Professor of East Asian Studies at Princeton University. Yan Xia is Lecturer of Chinese at Princeton University. Meow Hui Goh is Lecturer of Chinese at Princeton University.

Product Details
  • Paperback: 536 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (July 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 0691090483
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds.
  • Average Customer Review: based on 4 reviews.

Customer Reviews

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:

lacking in quality, January 19, 2006

Reviewer: Chinese Student (Florida, USA)

many students in my class newly perchased this book less than 5 months ago, and within 2 months of barly any use, many students were complaining that the book's bindings were falling apart! almost all of the class's books were falling apart. also, many of the chapters have hundreds of vocab words, but many of the vocab words are repeated and repeated! it is nice that the book gives both simplified and traditional characters, but the grammar examples and the homework exercises are only done in simplified...which is a real pain if you only know traditional.


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:

Perfect for American students, July 5, 2004

Reviewer: Tech Geek (Phoenix, AZ)

Many Chinese textbooks try to be all things to all people. This book, however, is written by for American students. The articles will be of interest to them, the explanations will be easy to understand, and best of all, the book includes both simplified and traditional characters.

I also like how each chapter is relatively short. If you find it uninteresting for some reason, you don't have to suffer too long; there's another one coming up behind.


2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:

All Things Considered: A good textbook, May 24, 2004

Reviewer: A. J. Huang (Cleveland, OH)

This book progresses from traditional speech lessons to more difficult newspaper readings that have been edited to better suit the level of students. The vocabulary/crib sheets are extremely helpful as well as the exercises. The only slight drawback is that while the text is written in both traditional and simplified characters,the exercises are written only in simplified characters.


17 of 17 people found the following review helpful:

a comprehensive Chinese language textbook, September 4, 2003

Reviewer: "orbit13" (Southern Illinois)

This Chinese language text is appropriate for intermediate to advanced students. It contains 32 passages divided into two sections. The first part is a series of dialogues while the second part is a collection of newspaper articles. Each lesson is followed by grammar points used in the text, with additional examples, and by exercises based on grammar and vocabulary. Both vocabulary and passages are given in simplified and traditional characters. Chinese (pinyin) and English indexes with page references are also provided.

This book has many strengths and, as a student, it's one of the better Chinese language textbooks I've come across. The dialogue and article format exposes students to both spoken and written Chinese. Also, passages are long enough to familiarize one with vocabulary and grammar but not so long as to become repetitive. Occasionally subjects are recycled but in a way that reinforces vocabulary and/or demonstrates variations within the language. Probably the most refreshing asset is the scope of topics. Everything from food, travel, and etiquette to Chinese culture to social and political issues (and yes, even sex) are covered. This is one of the few books that provide relevant vocabulary and discussion for students and does not feel vocab force feeding.


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