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A Guide to Proper Usage of Spoken Chinese (Simplified Chinese Edition) [Paperback]

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A Guide to Proper Usage of Spoken Chinese is intended as a companion reference work to Chinese textbooks for beginners. Over 200 points of grammar and vocabulary which frequently present difficulties to students of Chinese are dealt with here. Specifically, a comparative approach has been adopted. Contextual comparisons are made between the different usage of Chinese and English in terms of grammatical as well as vocabulary points.
The book helps beginners of Chinese to get things right from the start. For teachers and more advanced students, it also serves as an easy and efficient reference for the essential grammatical and vocabulary points given in Chinese textbooks for beginners.
Since it's publication in 1989, A Guide to Proper Usage of Spoken Chinese has been well received by learners and teachers of beginning Chinese. This simplified Chinese edition, based on the second edition of the book published in 1992, is produced for the convenient use of students who are more used to reading simplified Chinese characters.

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Studio: The University of Michigan press
Pages   195
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 7" Height: 10"
Weight:   1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 30, 2005
Publisher   The University of Michigan press
ISBN  9629962284  
ISBN13  9789629962289  

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A Guide To Proper Usage Of Spoken Chinese: Simplified Chinese Edition  Mar 22, 2007
when i have read it, i think that it's quite good. it is easily to understand because of in this book had been given the example sentences in the english language and comparative with Chinese Language. At last, very usuful for by self study.
great reference for common grammatical errors  Dec 31, 2002
This book is a good companion piece for those with other beginner books on grammar and vocabulary. The author provides 114 common mistakes that are made by beginners and clearly explains the correct way of speaking. This book focuses less on vocabulary and more on phrases and expressions in spoken chinese. Therefore, you'll probably be able to get some immediate use for the book right after you crack it open.
A Very Useful Book but the Audio Tape is Useless  Aug 16, 2000
What a wonderful idea for the English speaking student of Mandarin Chinese: a very comprehensive book of Chinese grammatical points that are easily confused specifically by native speakers of English. This approach makes the book useful for beginning, intermediate, advanced, and even very advanced students. Indeed, I found more that a few examples that I have been saying wrong for years.

Unfortunately, the tape that accompanies the book is completely useless. It goes like this: an English speaking lady with terrible diction recites a phrase in English. Then, lightening fast and without pause, a Chinese speaker recites the phrase in Chinese, and again without pause an English phrase follows. This approach gives one no chance to repeat the phrase in Chinese, and the author makes no attempt to present drills or other audio learning devices.

I can't imagine what use the author thinks this tape could possibly have. Or, conversely, why he didn't think to complement the excellent text with four or five tapes that would really hammer home the principles he is trying to teach.


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