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Chinese Language Books

Learn to Write Chinese Characters by Johan Bjorksten
Paperback
ISBN: 0300057717, Published by Yale Univ Pr, 123 pages.

From the Back Cover

This book is the only introductory manual for writing Chinese characters prepared specifically for an English-speaking audience. The author guides the reader through the fundamentals of writing and introduces the different types of script used in China today, their evolution, their place in Chinese tradition, and the relations among them. The book provides basic instruction in writing with a modern fountain pen rather than a brush.

Ultimate Mandarin Chinese: Basic-Intermediate: Learn at Home and on the Go by Jennifer Humphries
Paperback
ISBN: 0517708779, Published by Living Language.

Book Description

Learn Mandarin Chinese at home or on the go with the most complete, up-to-date program available! Developed by the experts at Living Language, this deluxe course has everything you need to speak and understand Mandarin Chinese, with sections that will help you begin to read and write Chinese characters. Ultimate Mandarin Chinese combines conversation with grammar and culture in an easy-to-follow, enjoyable, and effective format.

Chinese Language Software

Rosetta Stone: Chinese Explorer
CD-Rom, Fairfield Language Technologies, Mac OS, Windows 95/98/NT/XP/2000/Me

Amazon.com Product Description

Now you can learn a new language with the award-winning method used by the U.S. State Department to train diplomats. Proven effective by NASA astronauts, Peace Corps volunteers, and millions of students worldwide, the Rosetta Stone Language Library teaches new languages faster and easier than ever before.

We all learn our childhood language by associating new words and phrases with the world around us. The Rosetta Stone method replicates this process by presenting vivid, real-life images to convey the meaning of each new phrase. Instead of translating, memorizing, and studying rules of grammar, you actually learn to think in the new language. Vocabulary and grammar are integrated systematically, leading to everyday proficiency. It's the natural way to learn.

The Rosetta Stone Explorer contains 22 lessons for beginning learners with nearly 900 real-life images and phrases spoken by native speakers. It develops all key language skills--listening comprehension, reading, speaking, and writing--while its systematic structure teaches vocabulary and grammar naturally, without lists and drills. Includes previews, exercises, and tests for every lesson, with automated tutorials throughout the program. (Ages 6 and older)

Rosetta Stone Chinese Personal Edition Level 1
CD-Rom, Fairfield Language Technologies, Mac OS, Windows 95/98/NT/XP/2000/Me

Amazon.com Product Description

The Rosetta Stone Level I program offers a comprehensive course of study for beginning learners, leading to intermediate proficiency. The program contains over 3,500 real-life images and phrases in 92 lessons and more than 250 hours of mastery instruction in listening comprehension, reading, speaking, and writing. Systematic structure teaches vocabulary and grammar naturally, without lists and drills. There are reviews, exercises, and tests for every lesson with automated tutorials throughout the program. (Ages 6 and older)

Rosetta Stone Chinese Personal Edition Level 1 & 2
CD-Rom, Fairfield Language Technologies, Mac OS, Windows 95/98/Me

Amazon.com Product Description

This comprehensive program provides up to 550 hours of mastery instruction in listening comprehension, reading, writing, and speaking. Systematic structure teaches vocabulary and grammar naturally, without lists or drills. Previews, exercises, and tests accompany every lesson, and there are automated tutorials throughout the program. Graphical speech recognition displays your voiceprint and compares it with the native speaker to help improve your pronunciation. (Ages 6 and older)


Related Resources

Chinese Characters and Culture
"This web site and its associated printed dictionary present a series of zipu or "character genealogies" which show graphically the close interconnections between over 4000 characters according to the Shuowen Jiezi and subsequent research by traditional etymologists."

Chinese Language Information Page
"This site is a comprehensive navigational tool pointing you to Chinese language related resources."

Chinese Languages
Dictionaries, forums and more.

Chinese Multimedia Tutorial
A small tutorial (covering a few phrases), with sound files and Chinese characters.

On-line Chinese Tools
"These pages hope to provide tools to assist people in learning and using the beautiful Chinese language. Rather than being a Chinese language course, it provides tools to people who are already studying and using Chinese."


Alone among modern languages, Chinese integrates both meaning and pronunciation information in its characters.
- Rick Harbaugh




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