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Beginning Chinese Reader, Part 2
This second edition, like the earlier first edition, introduces some of the main varieties of Chinese as found before and after the establishment of the People's Republic of China in 1949. While continuing to stress the basic importance of the traditional usages, such as the regular characters to be found in all materials published before the adoption of the simplified for ...more
Paperback, Second Edition , 512 pages
Published September 10th 1977 by Yale University Press
(first published January 1st 1966)
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Jan 29, 2010 Melissa rated it liked it
3.5 stars. You need a bit of discipline to make it all the way through the book. SRS-ing with anki or some other program also helps with solidifying memory in writing the characters. DeFrancis' five readers (two each for beginner and intermediate, and one advanced) focus on traditional characters, but at the end of each set (book/part 2), there's lessons on the respective simplified forms and a small amount of simplified reading practice, too. (My current kanji+hanzi progress total = approx 711 ...more