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Chinese Primer
By Ta-tuan Ch'en

Chinese Primer

Pinyin Revised edition

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Chinese Primer by Ta-tuan Ch'en

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This revised and updated edition of the Chinese Primer--an introductory textbook in wide use for more than a decade--uses proven techniques to put beginning learners of Mandarin Chinese on the path toward true mastery. The goal of the book is internalization--to lead students to adopt Chinese as one of their own languages and not to regard it merely as an object of study and translation. Features include: * Use of hanyu pinyin romanization * Rigorous foundation work in pronunciation, including tones and the other special phonemes that are crucial to mastery * Lesson texts that combine authentic, natural Chinese expression with lively everyday topics that allow students to immediately begin using Chinese themselves * Carefully designed incremental introduction of grammar, accompanied by thorough and precise notes * Completely revised notes that link Chinese language to Chinese culture-such as names, modes of address, and conventions of politeness * Additional lessons for self-study during the summer following a first-year course * A completely revised character workbook that introduces both traditional and simplified characters and that simulates the way native speakers learn characters as children: in small doses that eventually "catch up" with speaking ability Like its earlier edition, The Chinese Primer: Revised Edition is composed of three integrated volumes: (1) the Blue Book [Lessons]: introduction; foundation work on pronunciation; lesson dialogues in romanized Chinese and English; appendices; glossary-index; (2) the Red Book [Notes and Exercises]: vocabularies; grammar notes and culture notes keyed to the lessons; exercises; and (3) the Yellow Book [Character Workbook]. (There is also a fourth volume, the Green Book [Pinyin Character Text], which is sold separately.) Texts of the lessons are in both traditional and simplified Chinese characters, and there is a Chinese introduction for teachers.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780691129914
ISBN-10: 0691129916
Format: Paperback
(280mm x 216mm x 46mm)
Pages: 616
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 9-Apr-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Chinese Primer by Ta-tuan Ch'en Chinese Primer, Paperback (May 1994)

Features lessons that are relevant to everyday life: concentrated training of ear and tongue in the sound system of Chinese; a carefully sequenced character workbook embodying a new and effective approach to the learning of Chinese characters; and audiovisual reinforcement via a complete set of audiotapes and two videotapes and more.

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Author Biography - Ta-tuan Ch'en

Ta-Tuan Ch'en was, until his death, professor emeritus of East Asian Studies at Princeton University. Perry Link is professor of East Asian Studies at Princeton University. Yih-Jian Tai is lecturer emeritus at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Hai-Tao Tang is lecturer emeritus at Princeton University.

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