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The Chinese Language: Its History and Current Usage

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This is an introductory book about the history and contemporary usage of the Chinese language.

Chinese is generally considered a difficult language. It is also a fascinating and important language that cannot be ignored. A growing number of English speakers are learning the Chinese language to the enrichment of their lives and the admiration of their friends. Chinese does,
Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 15th 2006 by Tuttle Publishing (first published 2006)
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Mar 19, 2012 Nancy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, 2012
Excellent overview of the Chinese language. It's perfect for a reader with some knowledge of linguistic terms, but it's definitely written for a layman. It has tons of examples and really whetted my appetite to learn more.
Kevin Albrecht
Sep 11, 2008 Kevin Albrecht rated it really liked it
If you are thinking of learning Chinese, read this first to get an idea of what you are getting yourself into.
Aug 14, 2014 James rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, language
Interesting book. Lots of useful tables for looking at the differences among the dialects of Chinese.
Sep 28, 2009 Steph rated it really liked it
Shelves: reading-in-china
This is a book I'll be coming back to as my Chinese (hopefully) gets better. It's crammed full of charts that are sometimes overwhelming, and list upon list of examples for various grammar points, proverbs, etc. Kane's discussion of different dialects is useful, but it was the one part of the book I wished was more extensive. The last two chapters--"Pronunciation" and "Beyond the Basics"--were especially helpful for a current laowai.
Aug 17, 2009 Peter rated it really liked it
Great if you're thinking about studying Mandarin (not if you're thinking of Cantonese which it disparages as not practical anymore for a foreigner). Some of the examples and illustrations however are not comprehensible for anyone that has not studied a little bit of Chinese already.
Good enough to convince me not to study Mandarin, at least for now.
bought fall/winter 2007/8 for 130RMB

Really too advanced for me, but I am finding the Chinese language fascinating and I am looking forward to actually taking some classes when the girls are back in school.
Jan 11, 2010 Heather rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, language
Confirms my suspicion that I will never progress beyond elementary level Chinese. But what a great book, written with obvious love for a fascinating language.
Jan 04, 2010 Kellen rated it really liked it
The was a great overview of the language and a necessary exercise before pursuing further studies.
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Dr Daniel Kane is Professor of Chinese and Head of the Asian Studies Department
at Macquarie University. He was twice visiting scholar at the Department of
Chinese at Peking University, and was Cultural Counsellor at the Australian
Embassy in Beijing in 1996. Dr Kane has previously held a lectureship in Chinese
at the University of Melbourne. He has broad interests in the field of Chinese
Studies, incl
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