By John DeFrancis
A whole revision of the 1st quantity within the Yale Linguistic sequence, this re-creation, in pinyin romanization, and aimed toward secondary college and school degrees, is an advent to spoken chinese language. It contains dialogues, pronunciation drills, sentence-building routines, examples of characters, substitution drills, and miscellaneous routines within the type of video games like crossword puzzles. there's a mixed glossary-index, supplementary vocabulary for every lesson, notes, and an in depth recommended research consultant. John De Francis is examine professor of chinese language at Seton corridor college. Yale Linguistics sequence, 1.
The positive aspects of this introductory textual content for studying the chinese include:
-Vocabulary of six hundred items
-Pronunciation drills, dialogues, sentence-building routines, trend drills, substitution tables, video games and different studying aids, memorization workouts, and a mixed glossary-index
-No characters are used
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You ask if they sell foreign books. The clerk answers that they don't, and adds that they only sell Chinese books. You ask if they sell foreign pens. He says they sell foreign pens, and also Chinese pens. You say you want to 32 Lesson 3. Shopping at a Bookstore (1) buy a foreign pen, point to one, and ask how much it is. He mentions a price. You tell him that that's fine and that you'll buy one. The clerk thanks you and says good-bye. NOTES 1. ' 2. A grammatical element that follows a number is a MEASURE: in ;yikuai 'one lump,' for example, kuai is a measure.
I'd also like to buy fifty sheets of paper. How much (are they)? fen-qian. Forty-nine cents. B:li : You- 1 z1dian-ma? Do you have any dictionaries? Mao: You. Yes. Bai wo-yao-yiben- 1 Zhongwenzidian. 1 Du6shao-qian? 45 I'd like a Chinese dictionary. How much is it? Mao: ,Yikuai-bamao-qhin. A dollar (and) eighty cents. Bai : Yib€m- Yingw€m-zidian 1 duoshao-qian? How much for an English dictionary? 1 Mao: Liangkuai -jiumao-qian. Bai Zhong-Ying-zi: dian-ne? 50 Two dollars How about dictionary? and ninety cents.
Mr. White is younger than Mr. ln-hao-a? Mr. Gao, how are you? Gao: w6-hen-hao. I'm fine. NI-ne? Bai: Hao, xiexie-nin. Gao-Taitai, Gao-Xiaojie ye-hao-ma? Gao: And you? Fine, thank you. And how are Mrs. Gao and Miss Gao? Tamen-'dou-hao, xiexie. 5 They're both well, thanks. Bai: ZaijiEm, •Gao-Xiansheng. Good-bye, Mr. Gao. Gao: Zaijian, zaijian. See you again. VOCABULARY* (For the abbreviations used below, see the list at the beginning of the Glossary and Index) a (question particle: Note 14) bai white (SV) (also, a surname) * In all English translations of Chinese material, square brackets enclose more literal renderings of idiomatic equivalents; parentheses are used for English words with no equivalent in the Chinese but necessary for smoother English, as well as other explanatory material.
Beginning Chinese by John DeFrancis