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Basic Patterns of Chinese Grammar: A Student's Guide to Correct Structures and Common Errors Paperback – December 21, 2010
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Larry Herzberg: Larry Herzberg studied Chinese for five years at Vanderbilt University before doing his Master's and Ph.D. work in Chinese Language and Literature at Indiana University. In 1980 he founded the Chinese Language Program at Albion College and then did the same at Calvin College in 1984. For the past three decades he has taught the Chinese language at the college level.
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I took a full 18months language course and I can say for sure that over 80% of the vocab and grammar points were in my lessons. But in this book they are explained and given examples to and make the idea clearer. It's small enough I can take it with me to trips or even read on the bus or metro. I can quickly consult structures and practice grammar and fluidity to my Hanyu, adding vocab is a plus!
I like paper books because I can write on them, notes and vocab definition whereas digital is not as practical so I decided to try it.
It covers grammar and usage from basic to intermediate , all Chinese I studied plus a lot more! Definitely handy.
It is very helpful and practical. It will accelerate my progress by helping me to be more aware of the most common errors English speakers usually make.
I enjoy writing out the examples for reinforcement of these principles and vocabulary.
I've been battling to learn Mandarin at tech college and privately, for the past 9 years (on and off). During this time I managed a Cert II level - very discouraging and demotivating to say the least especially in light of the $100 s I've spent on texts looking for what is between the covers of this book < $10 !!
I am stunned ,stuffed and totally amazed that "Basic Patterns of Chinese Grammar...." wasn't one of the compulsory first year texts for a Mandarin speak-read-write course ! It is critical for any student aspiring to speak Mandarin / Hanyu to buy this book as soon as possible ( I can't emphasize this entreaty strongly enough - BUY THIS BOOK ). Others have given the technical reasons for buying it so as a struggling, long-suffering, ongoing student I'll restrict myself to endorsing it.
I bought it on Kindle late this afternoon and I've abandoned going to bed - can't put it down.
"Basic Patterns of Chinese Grammar...." will guarantee my future success in achieving my goal, I'm that confident. It will do the same for you if you take the time to read, study, and practice it's contents. Thank you, profusely, Qin Xue Herzberg ....and you team !