Basic Chinese - Reading & Writing Textbook: An Introduction to Written Chinese for Beginners (6+ Hours of Audio Included) (Paperback)

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A complete beginning-level course for written Chinese designed to teach you to read and write Chinese quickly and efficiently

The Basic Chinese series offers a complete introductory course superior to any other language product for Chinese. These books teach spoken and written Chinese separately, allowing you to focus on the area most important to you, and to learn the spoken and written forms of Chinese at different speeds depending on your available time and interest.

The free audio recordings included with this book reinforce the content and make the learning process easy. Whether you're learning Chinese for work, travel or other reasons--the Basic Chinese approach of having two separate but integrated "tracks" helps you to learn the language more efficiently and more successfully.

Key features of this Chinese textbook and discs include:
  • Learn to read and write the 288 highest-frequency characters and over 700 words
  • Designed to have you reading and writing simple, connected Chinese sentences quickly
  • Both simplified and traditional characters are taught; you may choose to learn either or both
  • Features a variety of fonts and styles--typeset and handwritten--preparing you to use Chinese characters in different contexts, from reading signs to texting on your phone
The free audio files included with this book provide over 6 hours of audio recordings by various native speakers, including recordings of all the reading selections, new characters, and vocabulary.

This textbook is designed to be used in conjunction with the Basic Chinese--Reading & Writing Practice Book which provides a range of drills and exercises designed to enhance your proficiency in reading and writing Chinese quickly. This book is a new edition of Basic Written Chinese.

All media content is accessible on the Tuttle Publishing website.

About the Author

Cornelius C. Kubler received his Ph.D. in linguistics from Cornell and is currently the Stanfield Professor of Asian Studies at Williams College. Since joining Williams, he has chaired the Department of Chinese and held visiting professor posts at Middlebury, National Taiwan Normal University, Chinese University of Hong Kong and other universities. He has authored many books and articles on Chinese pedagogy and linguistics, and he served as a consultant for many Chinese language programs in the U.S. and abroad, including orientation programs for Chinese language teachers arriving in the U.S. He has chaired the SAT Chinese exam Test Development Committee and recently completed a two-year stint as Co-Director of the Johns Hopkins Nanjing University Center for Chinese & American Studies in Nanjing, China.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780804847261
ISBN-10: 0804847266
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Publication Date: November 21st, 2017
Pages: 384
Language: English