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John DeFrancis Beginning Chinese Reader Vocabulary Spreadsheet


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Thanks, this is useful for me. Seton Hall U put out a recording of the BCR Sentences, Dialogs and Narratives, this can aid listening to it.

Do you still need the Intermediate lists? I have the Part 2 of DeFrancis' Intermediate Chinese Reader book (a 1967 edition, the title differs from what you listed), and I probably have Part 2 somewhere. I may get around to compiling lists, if you need them.

What is your experience with the method in these readers? The idea is interesting, but I have some gripes about what has been implemented.

Cheers,

Fred K.

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That would be wonderful. I haven't completed the first because I've been tied up with my classroom text, but it will be extremely useful once I start on intermediate. I would love to have a list of parts 1 and 2!

I think the readers are very, very solid. My reading speed tripled or quadrupled after starting on this series. I've also learned a ton of useful vocabulary. More importantly, the readers give you tons of sentence patterns in a variety of contexts, so you end up learning the grammar quite naturally. Instead of reviewing a pattern 2 or 3 times, you see it dozens of times over a longer period, which leads to greater retention, at least in my experience. I use this as a supplement though. I'm actually skeptical of self-teaching from scratch. I think that self-teaching is more useful after one has attained at least low-intermediate level in a formal classroom environment. I've met a few people who speak fluent baby Chinese after having self-studied and living in China without formal study, and this is something I'd definitely like to avoid!

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