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First Step: An Elementary Reader for Modern Chinese

First Step: An Elementary Reader for Modern Chinese

by Chih-p'ing Chou, Jing Wang, Jun Lei


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First Step: An Elementary Reader for Modern Chinese

First Step is an elementary Chinese textbook for students with no previous background in the language. Focusing on the basics of modern Chinese phonetics and grammatical structure, the book uses everyday topics to help students establish a solid foundation in the Chinese language.

The textbook, which includes color illustrations, contains thirty lessons, each of which can be covered in a week's worth of classes. Each lesson features a lively dialogue or a short essay, representing a real-life situation, which is then followed by vocabulary lists and grammar notes. Explanatory notes on Chinese culture and customs are also provided. The companion workbook for First Step is sold separately and includes comprehensive exercises and character writing sheets with information on the stroke orders of newly introduced characters. Free online audio files, accessible on smartphones, tablets, and laptops, allow students to listen to First Step dialogues and practice their pronunciation at their leisure. This vital audio supplement gives students the chance to learn Chinese intonation with greater accuracy.

First Step provides students with the necessary tools to begin practical daily communication in Chinese.

  • Emphasis is on basic grammar structure and principles
  • Textbook features both traditional and simplified characters, pinyin, and English translation
  • Perforated workbook (which is sold separately) facilitates easy handling of homework
  • Free audio recordings of dialogues and other content available online
  • Appropriate for college and high school students

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691154206
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 03/30/2014
Series: Princeton Language Program: Modern Chinese Series
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 829,125
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 6 - 18 Years

About the Author

Chih-p'ing Chou is professor of East Asian studies at Princeton University and director of the university's Chinese language and Princeton in Beijing programs. Jing Wang is senior lecturer in Chinese at Princeton. Jun Lei is a former lecturer in Chinese at Princeton.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Audio Content: Listening, Speaking, and Pronunciation ix

List of Abbreviations x

Main Characters xi

Hanyu Pinyin Romanization System 1

1 Teacher and Students 10

2 The Books Are on the Table 22

3 I Am Very Busy Today 32

4 Beijing Roast Duck 42

5 A Picture 52

6 My Two Friends 66

7 Choosing Classes 82

8 Cannot See Clearly 96

9 To Drink Tea or Coffee 106

10 Looking for Glasses While Wearing Them 118

11 Who Ate My Stuff 130

12 The Door Is Locked, I Cannot Get In 142

13 Buy Shoes 156

14 Cannot Get up and Late for School 168

15 It’s Snowing! 176

16 Getting Fatter, What Shall I Do? 188

17 Ride a Bike 200

18 The Bike Was Stolen 210

19 Chinatown 218

20 East Asian Library 230

21 Chinese Table 238

22 Our Chinese Teachers 246

23 Individual Sessions 256

24 See a Movie 264

25 I’m Vegetarian 276

26 Speech Contest 284

27 I Have to Move 294

28 Living Off Campus Is Not as Good as Living in the Dorm 306

29 Xiao Ding and Susan 318

30 An Email to Parents 330

Pinyin Index 339

English Index 347

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