- Paperback: 424 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (21 Jun. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0415700108
- ISBN-13: 978-0415700108
- Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 2.4 x 24.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 249,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Modern Mandarin Chinese Grammar (Modern Grammars) Paperback – 21 Jun 2006
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Part A of the book [107 pages long]is strictly theoretical and lays out the grammatical rules of Mandarin. Part B of the book [280 pages long] gives examples of how the language is actually used. For example, the type of compliment received determines the type of response that is required in return. This book allows you to choose the correct form from the plethora of possible alternatives.
It is also very clearly and elegantly written. The authors make the assumption that you may not know the grammatical term being described, so they give a definition of it before launching into their clarification.
I would strongly recommend this book for anyone interested in a simple but clear exposition of Mandarin grammar. I'd like to be able to offer a more balanced review by pointing out some shortcomings of the book - but I simply haven't spotted any so far.
I used many books during my studies, but I believe this one is absolutely fantastic. Very easy to understand and the reference to both simplified and not simplified characters is very helpful.
I simply love it!
impossible to use the built in dictionary to define individual words or characters. Additionally, using the book as a source for vocabulary is also made difficult
by the fact that words or phrases can not be copy-and-pasted into a vocabulary application. The Chinese text is also very unclear and zooming in does not help. If the
issues with layout are resolved this would be an excellent learning resource.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is more designed for teachers who want to get clear defined examples and explanations of different grammar points. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Aaron Singleton
My son is very pleased with this book. He has been studying Mandarin at school for the past two years and is therefore not a beginner. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Snazzymum45
This is a comprehensive grammar book, even containing points from HSK Level 5. Handy to have if you are studying Mandarin as a long term project.Published 14 months ago by Mr. Geoffrey Scott
The first part of the book explains grammar in a very comprehensive and clear way. It really complements very well basic communications classes you can get from local universities. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Jérôme Vuarand
I used this book as part of my beginner's course and did not find it particularly useful. Although it gives a lot of examples of each grammar point, it doesn't actually provide any... Read morePublished on 14 Oct. 2014 by Helen Agiantritis
Unfortunately for me I was to lazy and unsystematic in learning my grammatical 'abc's and thus never finished this book, but of what I did read, it was concise, to the point,... Read morePublished on 1 Oct. 2014 by Sotiris