Written in a reference-and-practice format, Basic Chinese introduces
beginners to the fundamental elements of the language. Comprehensively
written, this book covers simple sentences and elementary grammatical
categories. Basic Chinese is the first volume in a two volume set;
learners may follow with Intermediate Chinese. With keys to the
exercises and a glossary of lexical terms, this grammar and workbook is
perfect for individual or classroom use.
- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (October 15, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN: 0415160375
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.9 ounces.
- Average Customer Review:
based on 8 reviews.
|26 of 28 people found the following review
A great way to learn Mandarin, January 3, 2001
This slender tome, organized as lessons, is a fine way to learn the
basics of Mandarin grammar. Virtually jargon-free and fleshed out with
many examples and exercises, including English, Pinyin and Chinese
characters, it could hardly be a clearer or more painless plan for
beginning study. Of course, there is an answer key to the exercises in
the back of the book.
The book does not contain a complete description of Mandarin grammar,
since its intended use is as an introductory textbook. Together with its
companion volume, Intermediate Chinese, or Chinese: An Essential
Grammar, both by the same author, it represents a complete course in the
grammar of modern Mandarin. Highly recommended.
|14 of 14 people found the following review
Basic Chinese A Grammer and Workbook, March 14, 2004
This book and its companion book "Intermediate Chinese" are very
instructive for serious students of the Mandarin Chinese language. The
books provide an excellent reference on the various component parts of
the language. However, these texts are not for the uninitiated. Some
basic knowledge of the language is imperative if you are to get the most
out of these texts.
Being stationed in Zhongshan China, it was imperative for me to learn
the language and learn it quickly. I waded through at least 10 books and
tape courses on the subject. My recommendations after much
experimentation are as follows:
1. Chinese The Easy Way - Philip F.C. Williams - Ph.D. and Yenna Wu -
Ph.D.. This book will ground you in the grammer and pronunciation
essentials quickly and in my opinion is the best beginners book on the
market for this subject matter.
2. Transparent Languages "Langauge Now - Mandarin Chinese" software.
Allows you to actually speak and grades your pronunciation.
Following, this, use these two texts to round it all out. The texts
would definitely be a bit easier to use if they had an index but this
isn't a show stopper at all.
|2 of 2 people found the following review
Excellent study material, February 4, 2006
I was able to browse through this book in the bookstore. I study
Mandarin Chinese for one and a half year, speaking fluently, and I own
quite a few different study books, so I can judge them easily. I was
impressed with this book and certainly plan on buying it - just it's a
bit pricy. Clear presentation of the grammar, AS it is used by the
native speakers, advanced English without mistakes, and use of Hanyu
Pinyin romanization *without mistakes* (as often seen as an obstacle in
Chinese study books). The other book(s) from this author has the same
but I suppose more advanced (as a follow up course). These are not books
for the absolute beginner, though! It is not the kind of friendly course
book with stories and all vocabulary laid out for each chapter, no it is
not. It is, however, all presented in a very clear way.
|4 of 4 people found the following review
Great review / reference, February 13, 2005
Having completed 270 hours of study, I bought both this book and the
intermediate level book to review and build upon what I had learned. I
found the book very suitable for these purposes. Both books together
provide comprehensive coverage of all essential Chinese grammar
concepts, and there are helpful cross references between chapters. Each
grammar point is illustrated with several examples, and possible sources
of confusion are clarified. At the end of each chapter are a variety of
self-checking exercises and an answer key in the appendix.
My only complaint is that the pinyin is in boldface, which distracts my
eyes away from the characters. Any serious student of Chinese learns
literacy along with speaking skills, so pinyin should not dominate.
Even here in China, I have not found a comprehensive
reference/self-study grammar book. These books are a must for any person
who endeavors to master Chinese. These books should not be used alone as
model sentences do not provide full context for the language. These
books are an excellent supplement to an integrated textbook.
|6 of 9 people found the following review
be careful, June 12, 2004
Reviewer: A reader
make sure you have already another method of learning Chinese before you
get this book, because it is strictly grammar, not a learning course.
|3 of 4 people found the following review
Probably the best textbook for begginers, August 19, 2002
Reviewer: A reader
It's clear and concise. It includes tons of exercises in each chapter,
and explains the fundamentals in a very friendly and easily
understandable way. Intermediate Chinese, written by the same author, is
also a must for serious Chinese language students. I highly recommend