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Forty lessons designed to introduce beginning students to the basic patterns and structures of Classical Chinese are taken from a number of pre-Han and Han texts selected to give students a grounding in exemplary Classical Chinese style. Two additional lessons use texts from later periods to help students appreciate the changes in written Chinese over the centuries.
Each lesson consists of a text, a vocabulary list featuring discussions of meaning and usage, explanations of grammar, and explications of difficult passages. The standard modern Chinese, Japanese, and Korean pronunciations are indicated for each character, making this a learning tool for native speakers of those languages as well. Appendices give suggestions for further readings, review common and significant words, explain the radical system, and provide Japanese kanbun readings for all the selections. Glossaries of all vocabulary items and pronunciation indexes for modern Chinese and Korean are also included.
Introduction How to Use This Textbook Map of Warring States China Unit I: Proverbs and Anecdotes from the Garden of Stories
Unit 2: Four Accounts from "Biographies of the Assassin-Retainers"
Unit 3: Two Biographies from the Biographies of Noted Women
Unit 4: Excerpts from the Mencius
Unit 5: Two Warrior Women Unit 6: An Outer Chapter from the Zhuangzi
Answer Key and Translations Text Sources and Character Variants Suggestions fro Further Reading (Some Translations and Studies)
Japanese Kanbun Renderings of the TExts Review of Various Common and Significan Words Notes on the Radical System Characters with "Difficult" Radicals Comprehensive Glossary Mandarin Pronunciation Index Korean Pronunciation Index