Beginning Chinese Reader, Part 1 has 13 ratings and 2 reviews. C. said: Never read this, but this is how my father learned Chinese. He highly recommends. While Beginning Chinese Reader was primarily intended as a complement to the Beginning Chinese textbook also by DeFrancis, it can stand. Sometimes I feel a bit like some kind of apostle regarding Mr. DeFrancis’ work, most especially his Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced.

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Sign In Sign Up. Then, the real “value” of a lot of education is that although it may not quite show you what you’d really prefer to be doing, it can certainly show you what you’d prefer not to be doing!

This is very useful for people who don’t have the time for more dedicated options. Eric Shen added it Teader 07, But there’s another reason. Daryl Leung added it Jan 31, Maybe I’ll try and find the Part 2 of the reader somewhere. Bryan added it Jan 09, All were in traditional Chinese.

Now I want to try it but since I have mostly learned with simplified characters, I’m not sure if both will clash.

Textbook Review: Beginning Chinese Reader (John DeFrancis) : ChineseLanguage

Lula added it Jun 20, Our beginbing can recommend beginner textbookshelp you out with obscure classical vocabularyand tell you where dsfrancis get the best street food in Xi’an. The majority, or at least a good percentage, of Mandarin learners seem to focus on simplified because it is the official set of Mainland China, where Mandarin is most widely and natively spoken. Given the easy access to alternatives, I think that would go a long way to explaining the lack of popularity of the series you talk about.


After seven years, this series became inappropriate because it depended heavily on storytelling instead of real life situations. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. Open Deffrancis See a Problem? Modern Persian Donald L.


I definitely prefer substance over colours and pictures. Never read this, but this is how my father learned Chinese. I think it takes a certain approach to learning for students to find use in these books though. The Mandarin course I took had once used some of the DeFrancis books as its set texts, but they’d apparently become too expensive especially to import into the UK – and remember that this was pre-internet and Amazon etc.

When I got them many years ago, I paid quite a bit more for used versions. The kids you teach and their parents are lucky. Newer textbooks require access to the Internet and technology which helps increase instructional time in the classroom instead of spending so much time in class drilling the students. I’m now on lesson Return to Book Page. Not a very realistic teaching approach because fewer and fewer parents are able to maintain a Chinese speaking atmosphere in the home these days.


Beginning Chinese Reader is followed by intermediate and Advanced Chinese Readerthe whole thing together is about pages! I love those books!

deffancis Have a look at what’s going onor search for something specific. Word lists are available here: I think instead of trying to find the best “average” teaching method and then having everybody use that, people should figure out what teaching style best suits them, and then find resources geared towards that. It’s not as if an introductory text with characters taught me all the words or characters I haven’t learned yet.

I mean, if few people know about the Readder series, they are unlikely to go out of their way to research it, especially given it’s age and restricted availability.

In each lesson, DeFrancis introduces about ten characters, gives their pronunciation sgives a good number of compound words using the characters.