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This handbook serves as an introduction to the most important written expressions and classical idiomatic phrases in modern Chinese for students of intermediate and advanced Chinese. It has the following features: (1) It is comprehensive. The twelve chapters in the first section deal with common knowledge of written expressions such as grammar, syntax, and vocabulary. Various patterns, phrases, words and their usage are also explained in detail. The second section contains six chapters in which the distinctive features of various sub-types of written expressions, such as news reports, academic treatises, literary description, advertisements, correspondence and other "applied" writings, are introduced. (2) It is concise and practical. (3) It is amply illustrated with sample writings to enhance students' comprehension. (4) An exercise section is included so that students can apply what they have learned. (5) As students using this handbook have not fully mastered the Chinese language, it is bilingual.
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Studio: The Chinese University Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 7.25" Height: 10" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Feb 15, 2000
Publisher The Chinese University Press
ISBN 9622018688 ISBN13 9789622018686
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More About Yu Feng
Dr. Yu Feng is an experienced language teacher and has been a preceptor of Chinese at Harvard University since 1995.
Yu Feng currently resides in the state of Massachusetts.
Reviews - What do customers think about A Learners' Handbook of Modern Chinese Written Expressions?
Essential for upper-intermediate - advanced reading Dec 16, 2005
I bought this book after being recommended it by my Chinese newspaper studies teacher and I can't think of a more useful book for intermediate and advanced Chinese reading. It collects together a lot of the grammar, expressions, idioms and so on that I've been learning piecemeal in multiple texts until now. It also has an excellent section on newspapers that I found explained a lot which had been confusing me.
Looking at the other 2 [to date] reviews, I agree with both of them that the English translations are sometimes a little strange, but the meaning is still conveyed. I want to add that some of the terms are slightly outdated and it would be worthwhile getting a friend from the mainland to give some advice if you're most interested in up-to-date usage. Also, yes, there is no pinyin which, considering that the language used in the examples is advanced, will give many students difficulties.
Update - after a year or so of having this book, I still think it's highly useful, mainly because it fills a gap where there doesn't appear to be many resources specifically covering different forms and media of written Chinese. However, if I were to re-review it, I would knock at least 1 star off for the glaring omission of an index at the back. If it was reprinted with a decent index of written terms and characters, this would be an excellent resource.
Excellent for the Chinese learner Feb 19, 2004
"A Learner' Handbook of Modern Chinese Written Expressions" is an excellent guide to the different constructions one will encounter in literary Chinese. In addition to grammar, it describes abbreviations and idioms. The book is bilingual, although I would not recommend that Chinese speakers use this book to improve their English. The English presented is stilted and at times downright wrong. Another qualm I have about this book is that their is no pinyin. I suppose this is an advanced manual and there is a trend towards either Hanzi/English or Pinyin/English, but I hate having to consult a dictionary in conjunction with what I see as a reference book. Other than these two minor problems, I have found this handbook to be invaluable. It definitely fills a certain void where other grammars/textbooks seem to be lacking.
Excellent Resource for Advanced Chinese Learners Dec 12, 2000
Dr. Feng covers the most important parts of written Mandarin in a manner from which anyone with a healthy background in spoken Chinese will benefit. Since the book is entirely bilingual, reading even the preface lends itself to vocabulary and sentence-structure development. Although the English translations are somewhat clunky at times, the meaning is always apparent. Its only shortcoming is its errors in English grammar. This should not affect the effectiveness of the text, however. Its section-by-section breakdown makes it easy to reference specific topics. Although it is useful in a classroom setting, it will also serve a student outside the classroom as a reference for formal letter writing, idiomatic expressions like Chengyu and Suyu, and other forms of formal writings one encounters in modern Chinese society.