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Classical Chinese: A Functional Approach (Traditional Characters) Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-0887277375 ISBN-10: 0887277373 Edition: Bilingual

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Cheng & Tsui Company; Bilingual edition (June 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0887277373
  • ISBN-13: 978-0887277375
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.2 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,549,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This textbook provides readers with a solid foundation for learning classical Chinese as well as a bridge between classical Chinese and modern Chinese...The arrangement greatly facilitates grasping the targeted functional words or patterns in various settings, and the samples are usually from the most famous maxims by the most important writers. By using this book, students will not only learn Classical Chinese words and grammar structures, but also get acquainted with the values and philosophies of Chinese tradition. --Professor Yu Feng, Director of the Chinese Language Program, Brandeis University

About the Author

Kai Li teaches Chinese at Oberlin College. He has taught in Middlebury College's Chinese Summer School and in the International University Program at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. He has also served in faculty and administrative positions at his alma mater, Beijing Normal University, and has written many articles on various aspects of Chinese language instruction.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Don Quickoats on May 10, 2013
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I have 7 or 8 textbooks for teaching Classical Chinese. Aside from this, I most prefer Rouzer (which I recommend for East Asian students studying in the States). For my purposes, however, Li and Dew is the best text because of its exceedingly clear approach. It progresses through Classical Chinese concepts, one particle at a time, with many different contexts and iterations. Rouzer uses paragraph-length texts which always have one or two exceptional sentences per passage. Other texts (such as Chiang, Language of the Dragon) use the incremental approach, but this Li and Dew text uses smaller units for samples and the support for the lessons is crystal clear -- modern Chinese and English translations which are accurate and appropriate, with clear and direct grammar explanations. There is very little ambiguity. (Classical Chinese does contain much ambiguity, deliberately, but I think it counter-productive to throw full-bore interpretation tasks at beginning students.) I plan to use this text to teach an introductory course with Pulleyblank's Outline as an accompanying text.
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