Chinese: A Comprehensive Grammar is a complete reference guide to
It presents a fresh and accessible description of the language,
concentrating on the real patterns of use in modern Chinese. The Grammar is
an essential reference source for the learner and user of Chinese,
irrespective of level. It is ideal for use in schools, colleges,
universities and adult classes of all types and will remain the standard
reference work for years to come.
The volume is organized to promote a thorough understanding of Chinese
grammar. It offers a stimulating analysis of the complexities of the
language, and provides full and clear explanations. Throughout, the emphasis
is on Chinese as used by present-day native speakers.
An extensive index and numbered paragraphs provide readers with easy access
to the information they require.
· thorough and comprehensive coverage of the modern language
· use of script and romanisation throughout
· detailed treatment of common grammatical structures and parts of speech
· extensive and wide-ranging use of examples
· particular attention to areas of confusion and difficulty
- Paperback: 434 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (December 22, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN: 0415150329
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.1 x 1.0 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds.
- Average Customer Review:
based on 6 reviews.
|24 of 25 people found the following review
The Last Book you'll need to buy on Chinese Grammar, May 28, 2004
This book is expensive, it is dry, it is complicated, and it is the
last book you will have to buy on Chinese gramar.
This book, however, is not an instructional text. It is a reference.
You will not lear Chinese by simply memorizing gramar points. Routledge
provides an introductory text by the same author that covers that.
This book is an reference text for the intermediate to advanced
student. It covers basicaly every gramar rule in contemporary Chinese.
(It will teach you nothing about Classical Chinese, though, so it's
better to look for a specialty book on that topic.) This is realy
usefull if you, like myself, have gotten to the point where you are
expected to write essays in proper Chinese. I bought my copy when I
started my third year of Chinese at the University of Washington. That's
probably about the right time, when the expense is counter-balanced by
the necessity. If you are a first or second year student, it could still
be usefull, but perhaps you should just borrow it from a friend or
library, since the price to page ratio is not very good.
Still, when it comes to grammar, Routledge is the best in the
buisness. Accross the board, their books are five stars. Just be sure
that you find the one that's right for your needs.
|0 of 1 people found the following review
awesome!, September 15, 2005
this book is really comprehensive...goes into alot of details and
examples....good for those who plan to fine tune their chinese...not
good for those who are beginners.
|1 of 4 people found the following review
A cheaper alternative, April 26, 2005
N. Lee (New York, NY)
I was looking for a Chinese reference book that explained complements
and the verb aspect system. My Chinese instructor recommended _A Chinese
Grammar for Foreigners_. Most likely, you will find it used (as it is
sold to foreigners living in China) at around $20. The book provides
examples of sentences in simplified Chinese and English. The layout is
not the most ideal, but it provides a systematic approach to
understanding the language.
|4 of 15 people found the following review
Reads like a medical book, July 12, 2004
Reviewer: A reader
I just received this book and gave up reading it after the first few
pages. It's definately a reference book but seems to be a thorough
reference book. There are many linguistic terms that the reader will
also need a dictionary. This makes the book a bit hard to read. It's
more for advanced students. I've been studying Chinese for a year and
wanted something a bit easier to read without too much detail. I'm going
to return this one and try Basic Chinese : A Grammar and Workbook by the
|12 of 18 people found the following review
Way Too Expensive, June 27, 2004
Reviewer: A reader
This book must be used in a college setting due to its price. It seems
college books are automatically priced 50 to 75 percent more than
non-college books. I ordered this book and had it returned due to the
size/content vs price. This would be an excellent book for around 30.00.
I think the content is good but should have much more examples and
If the book was priced at around 30.00 and had more examples and
explainations I could give it 5 stars.
For an alternative, I found A Reference Grammar of Chinese Sentences
by Henry Hung-Yeh Yee to be a better selection for me.
|20 of 21 people found the following review
Chinese: A Comprehensive Grammar, June 24, 2004
Reviewer: A reader
This is a very comprehensive book, with many well-explained examples.
The book makes full use of simplified chinese characters (as used on the
Chinese mainland), pinyin, and in some cases literal translations, as
well as full english translations.
Key language concepts are well explained, and emphasis is placed on
features which may pose an extra challenge to the learner of chinese as
a foreign language.
This book treats the language from a fairly academic point of view.
Thus it is excellent for those wishing to attain a deep understanding of
the language, rather than to learn a few superficial phrases as is too
often the case with travellers' phrase books.
However, this book 'is intended for readers who have some knowledge
of the (chinese) language and are at ease with its written form'. This
is certainly the case, as the book employs a wide range of complex
vocabulary right from the outset. Thus, not for beginners.
Overall, an excellent reference book for those who already have at
least a basic knowledge of chinese. Not recommended for beginners, but a
separate book by the same authors entitled 'Basic Chinese' is a superb
book for those new to chinese.