Hey, can anyone studying Mandarin Chinese recommend any good books/learning resources that they've met on their course? Cheers!
i am a Chinese
but i dunno what book i can recom..
Well none of you have been any help whatsoever! But an annoying Google Banner or whatever has appeared at the top of my page advertising Madarin learning in Beijing...!
Urm yeah. Kan Qian's 'Colloquial Chinese For Beginners' is a pretty good course to start off with... what are you after though? Characters or spoken or grammar and are you a complete beginner or intermediate or advanced?
lol well I want to learn Mandarin in a scholarly way i.e. writing/reading + speaking/listening, but as you've learnt it naturally you probably can't help me!
Spence is a good one to go for... Jaques Gernet stuff seems to be quite hard to come by. That 'Chinese' by Jerry Norman is good if I remember correctly.
If you're interested in painting go for James Cahill... he does a good series.
I know you are probably looking for books to study the Chinese language and this may be a little off the track. But Try My Country and My people by Lin Yutang as well. A great insight into Chinese culture and people.
Narsissus are you doing Oriental studies in Cambridge? I was considering switching to that from Natsci, but since i already speak chinese i might do the Japanese option. Do you know what the course structure is like eg. how many lectures a week etc?