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Basic Chinese: A Grammar and Workbook (Grammar Workbooks) Hardcover – 30 Jan 2009

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (30 Jan. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415472164
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415472166
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 17.1 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,665,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for the first edition:

‘Very well structured and clearly explained’ Dr Qian Kan, Open University

About the Author

Yip Po-Ching is a Research Fellow, City University of Hong Kong

Don Rimmington is Emeritus Professor of Chinese Studies, University of Leeds.


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The book starts with the simplest principles, and actually continues to advanced topics such as the 'le' particle, by the end of the book. Therefore it gives a very solid grounding in Chinese grammar, supported by plenty of exercises ranging from the traditional prose translation type, to error-correction style activities. Full of detail presented very concisely, it's ideal for an ab initio uni student, or anyone interested in getting a good grasp on how the language works, rather than the casual holiday maker after a minimal working knowledge.
Some of the example sentences are a bit odd - not that it's a bad thing, since a bit of humour (intended or otherwise) never did learning any harm! Try 'before she went to England she had never seen a squirrel'. Lovely! Now I know what a songshu is.
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A friend recommended this to me, but unfortuately it was a long time before I got my hands on it and had waded through other texts beforehand - some useful, most cumbersome. Some explanations get a bit metalingual, but the examples are friendly and the exercises do the job of consolidating well. Incidentally, the last time I was in England it was the first time my friend had seen a squirrel, and very exciting it was too!
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This book is NOT for beginners. I think this book is perfect for those Mandarin learners who already know pinyin and have a good grasp of Mandarin grammar & hanzi. Along with "new practical chinese reader" this book is perfect to revise a particular grammar point/quirk, be it counters, pronouns or whatever. This book also has a hell of a lot of vocabulary to take in, which is brilliant if you are a serious mandarin language learner aiming to become fluent one day. All in all, this book is a must-have on your shelf if you are serious about learning Mandarin to fluency.
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Buy the paperback version. You can actually read that. I'm extremely disappointed. Otherwise, a good grammar, deserving 5 stars. I think I'll be sticking to my paper copy, or getting my granny's magnifying glass out. It's about time publishers learned to cope with re-producing Chinese characters on Kindle. After all, we are in the 21st century, aren't we?
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I have used this book a great deal and found the information, vocab. and grammar to be really useful. The book pre-supposes a good knowledge of spoken Chinese, so although called 'Basic Chinese' it is not for a beginner. The book is suited to someone who already has a good knowledge of the spoken and written language. One issue I have with the book is the frequent inaccurate translations which can be misleading; otherwise excellent.
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The layout is good. The explanations and examples and directions are good. I struggle with the terminology/descriptive terms used of the English grammar terms. I have often had to look up a definition of a grammar term in order to use the work in the book effectively. This may be a reflection on the quality of my own education (which was a Grammar School and is beyond first degree)but it has hindered my enjoyment of the book. It could be written with fewer academic grammar terms so that of us who are not linguists and not students of grammar but do want to learn another language beyond just learning phrases might find it easier to use.
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