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Early Chinese Textbooks, thanks to C-POL and Archive.org


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Thought this was worth a repost - originated on C-POL it seems, and was then forwarded to me, it's a list of early Chinese textbooks available on Archive.org. Should be good for curiosity value, and perhaps a few of us may like to actual sit down and study them. Audio, I fear, is not available. Except perhaps on wax cylinder:

First lessons in Chinese (1871) by Yates


Chinese without a teacher (1872) by Giles


Chinese made easy by Brouner


Easy Lessons in Chinese, Or, Progressive Exercises to Facilitate the Study

of that Language ... (1842) by Samuel Wells Williams


A Mandarin primer (1911) by Baller


Chinese without a teacher, being a collection of easy and useful sentences

in the Mandarin dialect, with a vocabulary (1901) by Giles


Introduction to literary Chinese by Brandt


A handbook of the Chinese language (1863) by James Summers


Chinese phonetic system and language : (English translation) (1922)


Colloquial Chinese by Whymant


Two years' course of study in the Chinese language (1913) by Robert Bryan


Brief introduction to the study of the Chinese language (1915) by Pettus


Cantonese for beginners : learning Cantonese through self-taught

word-for-word method, with characters, pronunciation, tones and combinations

([19--]) by Jiang


A Cantonese phonetic reader by Jones


How to speak Cantonese: fifty conversations in Cantonese colloquial; with

Chinese character, free and literal English translations, and romanised

spelling with tonic and diacritical marks, &c (1902) by Ball


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Alas, a day late Roddy. If only I had known about the goats yesterday, it would have saved me endless trouble at Renmenguanchang interchange.

However, I'm sure that I'll be able to use this soon: "You truly are a man who does not know fragrance and stinks, that is, a stupid knave."

More seriously, thanks, for the interesting link. And I do like how the Bryan book actually starts off with a lot of questions to ask the teacher, "How do you pronounce this character?", etc. Very sensible really.

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