Classical Chinese Primer Workbook. JOHN C. Y. WANG, FRANK F. S., HSUEH, SHAOYU, JIANG, SUE-MEI, WU.

Classical Chinese Primer Workbook

Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press, 2007. Stock ID #137668

152 pages, quarto, paperback. While the teaching of Modern Chinese as a foreign language has made progress by leaps and bounds, the same cannot be said about the teaching of Classical Chinese. This is regrettable as the influence of the latter on the former in terms of both vocabulary and syntax is pervasive and profound, so much so that many of the subtler points and fine nuances in Modern Chinese will be missed unless one also has acquired at least a rudimentary knowledge of Classical Chinese. At the same time, a good and solid foundation in Classical Chinese is a must if one would pursue reading any text written before the 20th century. Moreover, precisely because Classical Chinese has ceased to be used as the official medium of written expression and a true proficiency in it can only be acquired through extensive reading of classical texts from China's long past, there is a real need for more fully annotated and clearly analyzed readers and other teaching aids designed especially for the beginning students."Classical Chinese Primer" is thus meant to be an attempt to address this urgent need in the teaching of Classical Chinese. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 137668).

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