Beginning Chinese Reader, Part 1 has 13 ratings and 2 reviews. C. said: Never read this, but this is how my father learned Chinese. He highly recommends. While Beginning Chinese Reader was primarily intended as a complement to the Beginning Chinese textbook also by DeFrancis, it can stand. Sometimes I feel a bit like some kind of apostle regarding Mr. DeFrancis’ work, most especially his Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced.

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In other words, not a fad.


Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. Indeed, several of the surprisingly few threads on his Readers are by me and there are only a small handful more on this site by other Chinese learners.

The reason I find his Readers valuable to this day, despite the increase in available media and resources is the structure inherent jon the method.

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Be the first to ask a question about Beginning Chinese Reader, Part 1. The fact that bookstores sell more modern – and therefore seemingly better – resources, it’s quite likely that a learner would go for those, rather than a set of big, huge, clunky-looking, black-and-white books that are only available in university libraries or online stores.


I can use this to make myself some good flashcards. I believe Yale Press were intending on releasing such an update readee memory of Dr.

Beginning Chinese Reader, Part 1

Dispatched from the UK in 3 business days When will my order arrive? Begibning, something to keep in mind. He is certainly the grandaddy of Chinese graded readers. It does not assume constant and prior exposure to Chinese.

And teachers pick beyinning, and teachers these days don’t like to look at traditional characters. This is an excellent topic, and I am generally in agreement with the original poster–specking as someone that has every book Prof. Simply put, learning to converse Speak and Listen wasn’t possible. Daryl Leung added it Jan 31, Beginning Chinese Reader is still in print after more than 50 years, so while it seems to be a little bit obscure I am apparently not the only person to love it!

It may in fact already be out.

iohn Then, the real “value” of a lot of education is that although it may not quite show you what you’d really prefer to be doing, it can certainly show you what you’d prefer not to be doing!

I think for people serious about learning to read Chinese, these books are amazing. Sometimes I feel a bit like some kind of apostle regarding Mr. News from Russia Andrei Bogomolov. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Lists with This Book.


And we’re friendly about it too. All in all, I can’t see how you can go wrong using this series, regardless of what your particular character set preference is.

Posted April 11, Esmaeil marked it as to-read Aug 12, You might be referring to Encounters, which Yale University Press is test piloting right now and is slated to be released this summer.

Well, as far as being able to hop on the Internet and access tons more than you could in the early days goes, it’s certainly true. So, I pose the question to all Chinese language keeners on this respectable forum: Use of this site constitutes acceptance of defarncis User Agreement and Privacy Policy.

But after some time, a vast majority were born in the US and this series was inappropriate because it had content that was not consistent with life as a Chinese heritage in the US, daily needs, staying in contact with relatives, etc.