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Narcissus
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Hey, can anyone studying Mandarin Chinese recommend any good books/learning resources that they've met on their course? Cheers!
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i am a Chinese
but i dunno what book i can recom..
sorry ~~lololol
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Hey, can anyone studying Mandarin Chinese recommend any good books/learning resources that they've met on their course? Cheers!
omg..is that really your picture?

You are well fit..no wonder you're cocky about your looks eh.

And no. No I can't recommend any books.
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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...!
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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?
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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...!
lol well considering my mother is from Taiwan---I can speak it fluently.

Just ask me a question...because I'm super like that.
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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!
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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!
Oh, writing/reading eh...that's beyond me.

I know, I just absorb things so quickly (over the past 18 years) because I'm great like that.

"Da bien"= feces. "Bin dan"= dumba**.

If you have any simple questions for words you want me to translate phonetically, then feel free to ask me.

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okie dokie
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Back on topic oxford oriental studies website has the following info:

(Original post by Oxford Oriental Studies FAQ)
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Books on China are not always easy to find in local libraries. Rather than list individual titles, we suggest looking for works by the following authors;

for reading about traditional China:

Jonathan Spence, Frederick Wakeman, Joseph Needham, Arthur Waley, Burton Watson, David Hawkes and Jacques Gernet;

and for modern China:

Edgar Snow, David Goodman, Perry Link, Geremie Barmé and John Minford.

Translations of Chinese fiction, poetry, and philosophical works are available in Penguin; others are published by the Foreign Languages Press in Beijing. Michael Sullivan's works on Chinese art are also recommended.

For a more general survey consult:

The Cambridge Illustrated History of China, ed. Patricia Ebney, 1996.

A Cultural Atlas of China, Mark Elvin and Caroline Blunsden, Oxford, 1983.

Chinese, Jerry Norman, Cambridge, 1988.
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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.
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Thanks guys
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Don't use the Jacques Gernet book! It will put you off Chinese history for life! It is possibly the most dry and boringly written book in the known universe - I was 'recommended' to read it before I went up last year. The pain, the pain... Cambridge Illustrated History is great though
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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.
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学中文应该从拼音学起
想写好中文字会挺难
语法语序也跟英文不一样
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Ok, does that say:

For studying Chinese, you ought to start by learning Pinyin
If you want to write characters well... something about straight and difficult??
Chinese grammar/word order is also not the same as in English

Or something... I hope!
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hmm...seems I was way off in my PMs Narsissus!!! Confusing child. :p:
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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?
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