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Chinese Primer: Character Text (Paperback)

Chinese Primer: Character Text (Paperback)
Author/Publisher: Ta-tuan Ch'en, Perry Link, Yih-jian Tai, Haitao Tang
Format: paperback
Emphasis: Chinese Characters
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Four experienced teachers of beginning Chinese have developed this introductory textbook. A pilot edition has been tested widely in classrooms and refined over a period of years. Among its salient features are lessons that are lively, amusing, and relevant to everyday life: concentrated training of ear and tongue in the sound system of Chinese; extensive grammar notes, clearly presented, with attention to mistakes English-speakers are likely to make; a carefully sequenced character workbook embodying a new and effective approach to the learning of Chinese characters; and audiovisual reinforcement via a complete set of audiotapes and two videotapes, one of which offers entertaining dramatizations of the lesson dialogues.

The Chinese Primer is available in two versions, one using the GR system of romanization, which employs different spellings instead of diacritical marks for different tones, the other using Pinyin romanization. The contents of the four volumes are as follows: (1) Blue Book [Lessons]: Introduction; foundation work on pronunciation; lesson dialogues in romanized Chinese and English; appendices; glossary-index. (2) Red Book [Notes and Exercises]: Vocabularies; grammar notes and culture notes keyed to the lessons; exercises. (3) Yellow Book [Character Workbook]: workbook. (4) Green Book [Pinyin Character Text]: Texts of the lessons in both traditional and simplified Chinese characters, and a Chinese introduction for teachers.

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Text: Chinese --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (February 7, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 0691036942
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.2 ounces.
  • Average Customer Review: based on 1 review.

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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful:

good chinese books hard to find, April 28, 2000

Reviewer: "varushka" ('Jersey U.S.A.)

This book fills a void. The grammar is straightforward, the examples clear, and there are plenty of exercises. It's excellent for students of chinese who have some foundation already and are looking vastly and quickly improve upon it.


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