Speed Up Your Chinese

Strategies to Avoid Common Errors

By Shin Yong Robson

© 2013 – Routledge

224 pages

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pub: 2012-10-18
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About the Book

Speed up your Chinese is an innovative resource that identifies and explains the common errors that English-speaking learners of Chinese repeatedly make.

Speed up your Chinese organizes the major categories of Mandarin grammar into areas that are problematic for English native speakers. Each subsection highlights a relevant grammatical point, explains why it causes particular confusion for learners and provides a case-analysis of common errors, together with explanatory corrections.

Key features:

  • basic principles of Mandarin grammar organized into coherent categories
  • learner-oriented, problem-solving approach illustrates grammatical rules, and presents a case-analysis of approximately 150 commonly made errors, together with explanatory corrections
  • subsections explain differences between Mandarin and English, focusing on how learners understand fundamental grammar patterns and avoid errors associated with English
  • all subsections end with mnemonic advice that highlights the core of the discussion, reinforcing learners’ understanding of the topic
  • erroneous case samples become grammar reviews inviting learners to test their grasp of grammar points.

While Chinese examples are in simplified characters (with pinyin) in the main texts, their counterparts in traditional characters are provided in the Appendix.

A unique reference and useful complement to textbooks at all basic levels, Speed up your Chinese is suitable both for classroom use or self-study, with exercises and a full answer key.

Table of Contents

Introduction Glossary of Grammatical Terms Abbreviations Part I. Simple Sentences Part II. Complex/Compound Sentences and Questions Part III. Temporal Expressions Part IV. Noun and Verb Phrases Part V. Usage Comparison of Words and Phrases Answer Key to the Exercises Appendix Bibliography Index

About the Author

Shin Yong Robson is Adjunct Associate Professor of modern languages and literatures at Beloit College, USA.

About the Series

Speed up your Language Skills

The Speed Up Your Language Skills series publishes innovative, high quality textbooks focusing on common errors as an effective tool to improve one’s skills in a foreign language. Such errors are often either driven by linguistic transfer from English or caused by common misperceptions about the grammatical structure of a foreign language.

The primary objectives of the series are to explain and illustrate in context the most common errors made by English-speaking students in a foreign language and to classify them in easy-to-reference categories. Students can thus learn the appropriate usage of words and expressions and understand the reasons why they persistently make the same mistakes. The inclusion of exercises, shortcuts, mnemonic devices and much-needed strategies, not usually seen in conventional grammar books, facilitates vocabulary acquisition and mastery of essential grammatical elements.

Books in the series are intended as primary or supplementary texts at the intermediate and advanced levels. Due to its self-explanatory approach and user-friendly format, the series is also recommended for self-learners who wish to "speed up" their language skills. Proposals for the series will be welcomed by the Series Editor.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
FOR003000
FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY / Chinese
LAN000000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / General