- Series: Schaum's Outlines
- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (September 14, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0071377646
- ISBN-13: 978-0071377645
- ASIN: 0071635262
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.6 x 10.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #526,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Claudia Ross (Worcester, MA) is coordinator of the Chinese language program at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, and has 20 years' experience teaching Chinese as a second language. She received her Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Michigan.
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The Schaum's Outline series basically serves two functions. The first is to organize all the grammatical rules of a language into a user-friendly outline. The second is to provide a series of exercises one can work through in order to familiarize and master the rules in question. This volume on Chinese grammar admirably accomplishes the first goal but is not entirely successful at achieving the second. The main problem with the book is that the exercises are just too easy. They mostly take the form of fill in the blanks, insert this phrase into an existing sentence, or rearrange this group of words and phrases in the correct order. For the most part, they're so easy you can do them without thinking, and if you're not thinking, you're not learning. To adequately understand and remember these grammatical formulae, one needs more challenging mental exercise than is offered here. One also finds quite a few cases where, after reading the sample sentences provided and doing the exercises in accordance with them, you look in the back of the book and find that the answer is different, with no explanation provided for the irregularity of that particular case.
For those studying written Chinese, you should have at least an intermediate knowledge of Chinese characters before undertaking this book. I had previously worked through the five volumes of the John DeFrancis Chinese Reader series, which gave me a familiarity with 1200 characters. While working through this book I managed to add another 125 characters to my vocabulary, and probably twice as many compounds--things like food items, body parts, articles of clothing, and some commonly used adjectives and verbs.
The Schaum's Outline of Chinese Grammar will make a good reference when reading Chinese texts. The well organized and clearly stated grammatical rules will be helpful in deciphering difficult passages. However, I don't feel I've gained enough understanding of Chinese grammar to reliably and accurately compose my own complex sentences and paragraphs. For that I will have to seek out another grammar workbook with more challenging exercises. This volume is a step in the right direction, but not quite the authoritative source one expects from the Schaum's Outline series.
I've gone through almost the whole book, every single bilingual sentence including the ones in the exercises.
Lots of sentences (ok maybe ~1500-2000 but they're organized nicely so they're convenient for the beginning stages to build off of)
Lots of grammar points
Includes Traditional Hanzi
TONS of errors; disgustingly many although you should catch them if you're working from multiple resources. Simply incomprehensible how this text got published.
Many grammar points, mostly closer to the end of the book, have far too few examples (some have only one or two sentences).
Here is what I learned: instead of buying this Schaum's guide which is error packed, just go pick up Modern Mandarin Chinese Grammar which is from the SAME AUTHOR and contains almost all of the same sentences and even more material (more thorough grammar exploration, sentences, etc.) It will save you time and frustration although it costs a little over twice as much. It also has a workbook if you like those.
- This book feels like a workbook that is meant to be worked on from beginning to end, not referenced as needed.
- Immediately I found a problem on page 2, which reads "When the number '2' is part of the number 12, 22, 32, 42...it is always 'er'" So, what about the actual number 2?? Why was it left out? Should the reader assume that it belongs in the list?? The book goes on to say "In all other cases, when the number '2' occurs before a classifier, it is 'liang'". So...what about basic things like "2 oclock". What's the rule for this? Should it be "er dian" or "liang dian"? Why was such an elementary explanation left out??
- Finally, this last one is just nitpicking, but I'm already bummed out, so here goes...the book's dimensions are wide. Typical American style large workbook format, meant to be studied at a desk...not handy for carrying around and utilizing on buses, trains, in stations, etc. :(
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