Beginning Chinese by John DeFrancis

By John DeFrancis

A whole revision of the 1st quantity within the Yale Linguistic sequence, this re-creation, in pinyin romanization, and geared toward secondary institution and school degrees, is an advent to spoken chinese language. It comprises dialogues, pronunciation drills, sentence-building routines, examples of characters, substitution drills, and miscellaneous workouts within the type of video games like crossword puzzles. there's a mixed glossary-index, supplementary vocabulary for every lesson, notes, and a close recommended learn advisor. John De Francis is learn professor of chinese language at Seton corridor collage. Yale Linguistics sequence, 1.

The positive factors of this introductory textual content for studying the chinese include:
-Pinyin romanization
-Vocabulary of six hundred items
-Pronunciation drills, dialogues, sentence-building routines, development drills, substitution tables, video games and different studying aids, memorization routines, and a mixed glossary-index
-No characters are used

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Shi -bu-shi? Ta-shi-bu-shi 'Yingguo-rem? be an Englishman, be English is not Is he English? shi-'Yingguo-rE'm 16. bu-shi Ta-shi-'Yingguo-rE'm-bu-shi? hui 'bu-hui 'hui -bu-hui? 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. able to not be able to be able to or not be able to? can or can't? Can you speak Chinese? Ni-'hui-bu-hui-shuo 'Zhongguohua? hui-shuo 'Zhongguo-hua 'bu-hui Ni -'hui -shuo 'Zhongguo-hua-buhui? able to speak Chinese not able to Can you speak Chinese? qing qing-ta Qing-ta-shuo 'Yingguo-hua. request, ask request him, ask him Ask him to speak English.

This pen is five dollars. Are you buying one? (No) thanks, I'm not [buying]. · 10. 11. TRUE OR FALSE Read each of the following statements aloud, then tell whether it is true or false. 1. Yibem-shu sankuai-qian. qian. Yizhi-maobi liangmao-qian. 'Yigong-wukuai- 2. Wo-yao-mai liangzhf-'Zhongguo-bi, yizhi-'waiguo-bi. Wo-'y:lgong mai'sanzhi-bl. 3. 'Bai-Xiansheng-shuo ta-yao-mai sanben-'Zhongguo-shu. 4. 'Mao-Xiansheng-shuo tamen-mai 'waiguo-bi. 5. 'Bai-Xiansheng-shuo ta-yao-mai-shu, 'bu-yao-mai-bi. 6.

Titles are also used in referring to persons who are not present: Taitaihao -rna? ' 3. ' 4. Choice-type questions are formed by stating the affirmative and negative forms of a verb in rapid succession. For example, Ta-shi -bu-shi 'Yingguo-ren? ' 21 Notes Ta-'shi -'Yingguo-ren. ' Ta-'bu-shi-Yingguo-ren. ' 5. Split choice -type questions are formed by placing the negative form of the verb at the end: Ta-shi -' Yingguo-ren-bu-shi? ' They are identical in meaning with the forms described in Note 4.

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