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So yes, any textbook will do, but perhaps BC may do it better. Chonese Miller marked it as to-read Jun 30, Word lists are available here: I eagerly tore into it but found that it’s all in pinyin.

Azaghedi marked it as to-read Jul 30, It’s worth noting that the supplementary DeFrancis readers, intended for after Intermediate Chinese Readerare only available in simplified characters. To repeat what was posted in another thread, you can download the De Francis. I’ve been learning characters since the beginning and this feels like a massive step backwards.

Danny Fox added it Jul 27, But the BC text book goes to great lengths to give character counts about or so and distributions including counts of characters used in this book, but not in that one, etc. First, for some background: It’s also however, nothing like the simple readings in a typical textbook, which are often too short, and too related to what you’ve just studied, to require you to “think in Chinese” to understand it.


When I got it, it was in better condition than the one I bought new, and 2 unopened DVDs were bound into the spine.

Beginning Chinese Reader, Part II, Second Edition

BTW I’m using flashcards with Anki for the vocabulary. This ddfrancis is really about the readings that accompany each lesson. While continuing to stress the basic importance of the traditional usages, such as the regular characters to be found in all materials published before the adoption of the simplified forms in and still in use in some areas, the present revision goes further in contrasting variant usages and in providing additional material relevent to the PRC.

It’s a hefty beast too, the two parts together are more than pages. I have taken some samplers from the book.


Posted May 14, I’m so glad the audio is online! Since I started the book, I have found that any Chinese text is less intimidating. PaperbackSecond Editionpages. Any other texts can obviously be substituted for BC but in my experience, you lose a good deal of the repetition and reinforcement. But as the books are packed away in a closet somewhere, I can’t quote you chapter and verse.

Beginning Chinese Reader, Part 1 by John DeFrancis

Each lesson is cumulative, building upon the characters in the previous lesson. What more could you want!!!


Tiago marked it as to-read Dec 08, My copy of Beginning Chinese arrived yesterday. Trivia About Beginning Chinese Sign up for a defeancis account in our community.

Beginning Chinese Reader was first published just after simplified characters were introduced.

Or would rader be sufficient for me to just tackle BCR? There are others here who use only the readers and do just fine.

I will go ahead and order a copy of the Beginning Chinese textbook.

I agree, as I said before, that any textbook can be used alongside the readers. Shu Yi Lee is currently reading it Apr 21, Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more.

News from Russia Andrei Bogomolov. Others seem to charge an awful lot for shipping, so be careful about this, too. Then you can add the reader when you feel up for it.

While Beginning Chinese Reader was primarily intended as a complement to the Beginning Chinese textbook also by DeFrancis, it can stand alone as a work. Open Preview See a Problem? Want to add to the discussion? This may seem like an enormous undertaking, and it is.