The Chinese Language: Its History and Current Usage
by Daniel Kane
- a brief introduction to the main characteristics of Chinese, written to
be accessible to beginning students as well as anyone with a general interest
in Chinese language and culture. Provides a demystifying overview of Chinese from
a linguistic, historical and social perspective.
- an interesting history of the Chinese people through the study of the
languages spoken in China. In addition to languages, it also covers all
aspects of life in China: politics, economics, poetry, history and so on.
- introduces Classical Chinese through the a series of texts accompanied
by grammatical notes. The texts include selections from the writings of Mencius
(Mengzi) and other writers of the 4th and 3rd century BC, together with texts
by the Han Dynasty historian Ssu-ma Ch'ien.
- an introduction to Classical Chinese suitable for beginners, though
some knowledge of Modern Chinese will certainly help. Consists of a
selection of texts in Classical Chinese by writers such as Mencius
with plenty of footnotes. There are also appendices containing grammatical notes.
- a comprehensive introduction to syntactical analysis of Classical Chinese,
focusing on the language of the high classical period. After a brief historical
overview, sections cover principles of word order and sentence structure, the
main sentence types, and topics including subordina
Colloquial Chinese - The Complete Course for Beginners
by Qian Kan
- a good introduction to Mandarin Chinese. Uses pinyin romanization
and introduces about 600 basic Chinese characters. Includes a course
book containing dialogues, grammatical notes, exercises and cultural
information, together with two cassettes with recordings of some of
the dialogues and exercises.
- an all audio course consisting of a total of 90 half-hour
lessons, 30 for each level, on CD or cassette. Effectively
teaches you authentic pronunciation and intonation, gives
you an understanding of the grammar and teaches you a
manageable amount of vocabulary. If you complete all
90 lessons, you'll have rougly an intermediate level ability
in spoken Mandarin.
- employs the power of music and songs in teaching Chinese to
English-speaking people. It demonstrates the usage of Chinese
expressions through 40 simple songs and rhymes as well as a number
of conversations and stories. Most of the songs and rhymes are familiar
Western and Chinese traditional songs, such as "O Susanna" and "Traveler
on Camel's Back" (a Xinjiang folk song). The students will be reading
or singing along with the supplemental audio files while following the
text on the page. This book not only provides the English annotations
and pinyin for the vocabulary, songs and sample sentences, but also
points out the sentence structures and shows the students how to apply
the language rules.
- an introduction to Mandarin Chinese that includes guidance on
pronunciation and the all-important tones. This guidance is reinforced
by a series of basic phrases, which also introduce basic grammar. Chinese
characters are introduced from the very beginning of the book. Further words
and phrases are devoted to eating and drinking as this is considered to
be the environment in which Westerners are most likely to make their first
contact with Chinese culture. The book includes a list of common Chinese
words laid out in a logical order that is considered to be easy to look up.
All Things Considered: Advanced Reader of Modern Chinese
by Chih-p'ing Chou, Yan Xia and Meow Hui Goh (Editors)
- a textbook for intermediate to advanced-level students of
Chinese. The text is divided into two parts: the first section
consists of twelve dialogues while the second is a selection
of recent newspaper articles about contemporary Chinese society.
- an excellent Chinese-English dictionary in traditional characters
with character readings in Bopomofo, Gwoyeu Romatzyh and Pinyin. The characters
are arranged according to the classical Kangxi radical method and there are also Zhuyin,
Gwoyeu Romatzyh and Pinyin indices. The 120,000 entries include examples of
usage from many different sources, including Chinese classics, newspapers
and colloquial language. Also includes cultural tidbits and information
about famous people, events, geographical names, etc.
This dictionary is available in various editions. They differ in the number
of entries, size and price. It's worth getting the largest one you can afford.
by Martin H. Manser, Zhu Yuan, Wang Liangbi and Ren Yongchang
- a good English-Chinese / Chinese-English dictionary. Chinese entries
are in simplified characters and pinyin. Traditional characters are shown
where they differ from the simplified ones. The Chinese-English part is
ordered according to pinyin alphabetical order. There is also an index
of radicals. This dictionary is also available on CD-ROM.
Concise English - Chinese, Chinese - English Dictionary
by Oxford University Press
- an excellent pocket-sized bilingual dictionary with simplified and
traditional characters and pinyin. The Chinese-English part is ordered
according to pinyin alphabetical order. The only drawback with this
dictionary is the size of the type - very small.
Chinese electronic translators, language teachers and dictionaries
Electronic dictionaries and translators: up to 1,000,000 words, full-text translation.
Speech recognition, audio phrasebooks. Chinese translation software for Windows,
Pocket PC, Palm, Mobile phones. Free trial download!
- an introduction to spoken Taiwanese consisting of a course
book and 13 cassettes. This is one of the few Taiwanese courses
in English: most are in Chinese. The cassettes are sold separately
Shanghai Dialect: An Introduction to Speaking the Contemporary Language
by Lance Eccles
- contains twenty-nine units, each of which contains two brief
dialogues, vocabulary for the dialogues, and a supplementary word
list. Because this book is intended chiefly for those who already
have some knowledge of Putonghua (Mandarin), grammatical explanations
are confined to occasional brief notes.
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