A Key to Chinese Speech and Writing Vol.1 (with MP3)

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Language: Chinese-English
Format: Paperback
Page: 276
Publication Date: 06/2009
ISBN: 9787800525070
Publisher: Sinolingua Press
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This introductory course (in 2 volumes) is compiled by Joel Bellassen, an associate professor at the Seventh University of Paris, and Zhang Pengpeng, a senior lecturer at the Beijing Language and Culture University. It not only serves as a textbook but also as a guide which, through a variety of routes (etymology, semantics, linguistics, graphics and culture), can help students think of Chinese. The 400 characters featured in Vol. I will enable students to recognize at least 70% of the characters used in books and newspapers.

Table of Contents

Abbreviations and Symbols
Chinese Writing
Frequency Table
Graphic Elements (Radicals)
Table of 400 Characters
 Sequence 0.0-Lesson 0
 Sequence 0.5-Lesson 0, 5
 Numbers and Dates
 Sequence 1.1-Lesson 1
 Sequence 1.2-Lesson 2
 Sequence 1.25-Lesson 2, 5
 Sequence 1.3-Lesson 3
 "Snowball" Version 1
 Sequence 1.4-Lesson 4
 Dynasty Time Line
 Sequence 1.5-Lesson 5
 Sequence 1.6-Lesson 6
 "Snowball" Version 2
 A Landscape Painting (Poem)
 Sequence 2.1-Lesson 7
 Sequence 2.2-Lesson 8
 Map of China
 Sequence 2.3-Lesson 9
 "Snowball" Version 3
 Sequence 2.4-Lesson 10
 Sequence 2.5-Lesson 11
 Sequence 2.6-Lesson 12
 "Snowball" Version 4
 Zhuangzi and the Butterfly(Story)
 Sequence 3.1-Lesson 13
 Sequence 3.2-Lesson 14
 Sequence 3.3-Lesson 15
 "Snowball" Version 5
 The Animals of the Horoscope
 Sequence 3.4-Lesson 16
 Sequence 3.5-Lesson 17
 Sequence 3.6-Lesson 18
 "Snowball" Version 6
 Old Meat
 Nanniwan (Folk Song)
 Texts in Complex Characters
 Grammar Review
 Table of Tapes

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Sample pages of A Key to Chinese Speech and Writing Vol.1 (with MP3) (ISBN:9787800525070)
Sample pages of A Key to Chinese Speech and Writing Vol.1 (with MP3) (ISBN:9787800525070)
"Once upon a time in the north of China, there lived a farmer who, wanting to has-ten the growth of his new shoots, went every morning to pull them up slightly. After ashort time the shoots withered and died. "
The ancient wisdom of the Chinese teaches us through this story that we must notfight against the nature of things. This is the first idea that guided me in devising this method. Many texbooks (Chinese ones included) westernise and "alphabeticise" Chi-nese. It is surely far more appropriate, however, to present the language as it really is, toreveal its own logic, its own spirit.
It is generally agreed that learning Chinese is a question of memory. Memory, however, is afraid of emptiness; it needs supports. Any method of learning Chinese mustbe constructed accordingly, providing where possible the essential elements for learningevery Chinese character or sinogram (we have borrowed this new term from Delphine Weulersse and Nicolas Lyssenko, authors of Methode programm6e du chinois moderne).
These supports will be visual (the student will readily observe a character's origi-nal design), auditory (the student who remembers things when he hears them will benefitfrom saying out aloud the elements that compose a character) and gestural (the strokeorder and positioning). 
A Key to Chinese Speech and Writing Vol.1 (with MP3)