Basic Written Chinese an Introduction to Reading and Writing Chinese for Beginners

Basic Written Chinese an Introduction to Reading and Writing Chinese for Beginners

By: Kubler, Cornelius C.

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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 Chinese language. As a native English speaker, working hard to learn Chinese is not enough; you have to work smart in order 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 tracts 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.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.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.

Title: Basic Written Chinese an Introduction to Reading and Writing Chinese for Beginners

Author Name: Kubler, Cornelius C.

Categories: Languages,

Publisher: United States, Tuttle Publishing: 15/Jun/2011

ISBN Number: 0804840164

ISBN Number 13: 9780804840163

Binding: Mixed media product

Seller ID: 22484

Description: Approx 200 Colour Illustrations and Photographs 384 This beginning-level course in written Chinese employs a revolutionary new method designed to have you quickly reading and writing simple, connected Chinese sentences. It teaches you to recognize the 600 most basic characters and 1,000 words used every day by millions of Chinese speakers. It explains the history and development of the writing system over many centuries, teaches you how Chinese characters are built up from more basic elements, and how to use those elements to write them, read them and remember them. All the characters presented in the lessons correspond to those in "Basic Spoken Chinese"--the companion volume which helps you acquire rapid proficiency in speaking the language.
Each lesson introduces six new characters together with common words that are formed with them. Learning just a few characters and words at a time allows students to create a sense of accomplishment and build up their knowledge incrementally. The structure and etymology of each new character is explained in detail to aid recognition and recall. Commonly confused "look-alikes" are discussed and contrasted to help you distinguish them. Sentences illustrating the usage of the new characters and words are provided, as well as conversations, readings and class discussions.
This book emphasizes practical understanding and everyday usage over theory and pedagogy, building up a knowledge of written Chinese and an ability to use it that is immediately useful for foreigners planning to live and work in China. For example, early lessons cover such practical matters as reading and writing telephone numbers, personal names, addresses and other everyday tasks involving written Chinese.
Simplified and traditional forms of the characters are presented together in this book. Learners can elect to learn just the simplified or the traditional versions, or both at once. (To read Chinese proficiently, sooner or later you need to become familiar with both.) It also presents handwritten and printed versions of the characters to help you recognize the various styles that will be encountered in normal daily usage. From a teacher's point of view, it is therefore possible to use this book to teach mixed classes where certain students wish to learn to read or write only certain forms or styles of the language, thereby providing far greater flexibility than other Chinese textbooks.
Detailed, clear explanations are provided for certain key items needed to read and write Chinese correctly. (ISBN: 9780804840163 - When referring to this item please quote our stock ID: 22484)

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