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Fundamental Written Chinese: Simplified Character Version

Nora Yao Margaret Lee Robert Sanders


Hawaii University Press

Language Learning - Adults  » Beginner Self-Study;
Language Learning - Adults  » Writing Skills


312 pages

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Fundamental Written Chinese teaches both mastery of individual characters and reading comprehension. It introduces characters gradually, moving from simple independent characters to more complex compound ones. How characters are organized and constructed is taught through the liberal use of charts that display the structural and organizational regularities of each character, that is, its radical, phonetic component, shared graphic components, stroke order, and principles of proportion. This knowledge is then reinforced by exercises at the end of each chapter that require students to draw on the compositional information presented in the charts. Reading skills are taught through written passages that are accompanied by questions and exercises. Chapters begin with a reading passage and end with one or two shorter supplementary passages. Because words in Chinese are often composed of two different characters and because the optimum method for introducing new characters requires limiting the number of new radicals and structurally unrelated characters that can appear in any one character, many of the written texts in Fundamental Written Chinese make limited use of a Hanyu Pinyin-plus-character system of writing. This makes it possible for the text to remain faithful to a very controlled approach to character learning while allowing students to read passages that are within the scope of their abilities in spoken Chinese. The authors of Fundamental Written Chinese and its accompanying text, Fundamental Spoken Chinese , treat written and spoken language as two different but related systems that are most effectively learned by delinking the sequence in which the particulars of each system is taught.

By:   Nora Yao, Margaret Lee, Robert Sanders
Imprint:   Hawaii University Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 28mm
Weight:   907g
ISBN:   9780824831578
ISBN 10:   0824831578
Pages:   312
Publication Date:   July 2009
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Language:   Chinese
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Nora Yao is head tutor in the School of Asian Studies and director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Auckland. Margaret Lee is senior tutor at the University of Auckland. Robert Sanders is senior lecturer in Chinese at the University of Auckland.

Learners of Chinese will find [Fundamental Spoken Chinese and Fundamental Written Chinese, ] . . . which can be used together or separately, helpful in that they provide clear and straightforward explanations about Chinese grammar points and an informative analysis of Chinese characters. As a result, [they make] the teacher's job much easier.-- Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies

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