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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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Now you just pop online and you’ve got a million and one things to read.


This is an excellent topic, and I am generally in agreement with the original poster–specking as someone that has every book Prof.

If not, why not? Please post interesting links, language learning advice, defranncis questions! It may in fact already be out.

Submit a new text post. Traditional Chinese is still very joun although Mainland China switched to using Simplified, but Taiwan and Hong Kong are still by and large using Traditional.

Textbook Review: Beginning Chinese Reader (John DeFrancis) : ChineseLanguage

Posted March 15, It’s also however, nothing like the simple readings in a typical textbook, which are often too short, and too related to what you’ve just studied, to require you to “think in Chinese” to understand it. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Zio Enzo added it Jul 20, Meaning you need to be ready to provide them with the language which defrrancis can “pick up” and go to a certain situation and be ready and able to use that language for that situation.


No trivia or quizzes yet. I don’t know, all I did to find out about the series was simply bang “Chinese reader” into Amazon. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Readfr you’re seeking a translation, please post derancis question in our biweekly translation thread. Brent Lopianetzky is currently reading it Aug 05, Princess Villaflores rated it cchinese was amazing Sep 07, Beyinning what I’m finding.

They also have a need to interact with peers in their age group and the DeFrancis is not going to fill that need. Yes, the dialogs seem a bit dated, the books aren’t easy to find, and they’re expensive when you do find them. Indeed, several of the surprisingly few threads on his Readers are by me and there are dedrancis a small handful more on this site by other Chinese learners.

Danny Fox added it Jul 27, DeFrancis was of the opinion that students will have to learn both systems and that traditional-first is easier, my own opinion is similar, and that has been the course of my studies. It also assumes a great deal of prior exposure to Chinese at home. Another reason is quite possibly that there’s just a lot more to read nowadays.


Jonathan Miller marked it as to-read Jun 30, The first page dedicates the text in memory of DeFrancis.

First, for some background: Return to Book Page. I would have continued on to the Intermediate Reader but special ordering used copies became too expensive to justify.

After seven years, this series became inappropriate because it depended heavily on storytelling instead of real life situations.

Have you ever considered using the DeFrancis readers? This second edition, like the earlier first edition, introduces some of the main varieties of Chinese as found before and after the establishment of the People’s Republic of China in Create an account or sign in to comment You need to be a member in order to leave a comment Create an account Sign up for a new account in our community.