- Series: Easy Way Series
- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Barron's Educational Series; 2 edition (January 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0764193694
- ISBN-13: 978-0764193699
- Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.8 x 10.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,066,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Philip F. Williams is Professor and Head, Schoolof Language Studies, Massey University, New Zealand. His previous books include "Village Echoes: The Fiction of Wu Zuxiang "(1993). Yenna Wu is Professor of Chinese and Director of the Asian Languages and Civilizations Program at the University of California at Riverside and author of "The Chinese Virago: A Literary Theme "(1995), "Ameliorative Satire" (1999), among other books.
Yenna Wu is Assistant Professor of Chinese at the University of California, Riverside.
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The pros: The book attempts to explain the language phenomena from the viewpoint of English. For example, it emphasizes that Chinese sentences have more rigid structures. It's good for an English speaker to understand the differences and the fine points that many other books fail to explain.
The cons: The dialogues are somewhat forced at the best and outrageous sometimes. For example, see this exchange in Chapter 8 when a couple is trying to rent a room:
Renter: Are there cockroaches in your rooms?
Landlord: No. There aren't cockroaches in our rooms. There're one or two roaches in my house. But it doesn't matter - they won't bite.
Anyway, I still plan to use this book as a reference book for my class. As for dialogues, I'll pick and choose, certainly skipping cockroaches.