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Basic Written Chinese

Basic Written Chinese

An Introduction to Reading and Writing for Beginners

by Cornelius C. Kubler
Paperback
Publication Date: 01/01/2012
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This is a beginning-level course in written Chinese that employs a revolutionary new method designed to have you quickly reading and writing simple, connected Chinese sentences.

Along with its sister book Basic Spoken Chinese and their accompanying workbooks, Basic Written Chinese offers a complete introductory course to the written Chinese language. As a native English speaker, working hard to learn Chinese characters is not enough; you have to work smart to learn this very different language efficiently. No matter why you've chosen to learn Chinese--for business, travel, cultural studies or another goal--the Basic Chinese approach of two separate but integrated tracks in spoken and written Chinese will help you learn this language most efficiently and successfully.

Basic Written Chinese is designed so it can be used in a class with an instructor or by independent learners working on their own.
  • Basic Written Chinese systematically introduces 288 of the highest frequency characters (in both their simplified and traditional forms) and over 700 common words written with them in context in sentences and a variety of reading passages to help you master basic Chinese reading and writing. This method will greatly improve your abilities to read Chinese and write Chinese
  • The structure of each new character is explained in detail to make the learning of characters easier, and "look-alike" characters are compared and contrasted.
  • Many lessons include character differentiation drills and some lessons include realia such as name cards, street signs, or email messages.
  • Each lesson introduces 6 new characters and a number of words that are written using them. By dividing the leaning into small tasks, you maintain a sense of accomplishment rather than getting bogged down.
  • You'll experience both printed and handwritten forms of characters, as well as several different printed fonts.
The accompanying MP3 audio CD includes:
  • Over 6 hours of audio by several native Mandarin speakers.
  • Recordings of all reading selections.
  • Recordings of all new characters and new vocabulary.
Available separately, Basic Written Chinese Practice Essentials is the companion workbook for Basic Written Chinese. This practical guide includes a broad range of drills and exercises designed to dramatically enhance your proficiency in reading and writing Chinese. While designed for use with the companion textbook, it can be used together with any Chinese textbook or teaching program to hone your Chinese reading and writing language skills.

All disc content isáalternativelyáaccessible on tuttlepublishing.com/downloadable-content.
ISBN:
9780804840163
9780804840163
Category:
Language: reference & general
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
01-01-2012
Language:
English
Publisher:
Tuttle Publishing
Country of origin:
United States
Dimensions (mm):
279x216x24mm
Weight:
1.52kg
Cornelius C. Kubler

Cornelius C. Kubler is Stanfield Professor of Asian Studies at Williams College where he chaired the Department of Asian Studies for many years. He is concurrently Distinguished Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences at Shaanxi Normal University in Xi'an, China. Kubler previously directed the Department of Asian and African Languages at the Foreign Service Institute of the U.S. State Department, where he trained diplomats in Chinese and other languages. He served as Principal of the American Institute in Taiwan's Chinese Language & Area Studies School for six years and has directed Chinese language teacher training programs in the U.S., mainland China and Taiwan. He has been active in test development and has authored or coauthored 31 books and over 60 articles on Chinese language pedagogy and linguistics. He lives and teaches in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

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