Classical Chinese: A Functional Approach is a comprehensive and accessible introduction to classical Chinese for students who are proficient in modern Chinese. Written by expert teachers based on decades of pedagogical experience, this innovative textbook focuses on key function words and uses carefully selected, thoroughly explained brief excerpts from classical sources to provide a functional approach to the language. This unique approach supports practical knowledge from the start; students can apply their reading skills to delve into important sources from the very beginning, while gaining a detailed understanding of the nuances of classical vocabulary and syntax.
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Kai Li teaches Chinese at Oberlin College. He has taught in Middlebury College's Chinese Summer School and in the International University Program at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. He has also served in faculty and administrative positions at his alma mater, Beijing Normal University, and has written many articles on various aspects of Chinese language instruction.Review:
This textbook provides readers with a solid foundation for learning classical Chinese as well as a bridge between classical Chinese and modern Chinese...The arrangement greatly facilitates grasping the targeted functional words or patterns in various settings, and the samples are usually from the most famous maxims by the most important writers. By using this book, students will not only learn Classical Chinese words and grammar structures, but also get acquainted with the values and philosophies of Chinese tradition. --Professor Yu Feng, Director of the Chinese Language Program, Brandeis University
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