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Classical Chinese

A Functional Approach
by Kai Li, James Erwin Dew

Classical Chinese’s innovative functional approach takes away the intimidation that most feel towards the study of classical Chinese.  Each lesson offers a selection of related grammatical function words and the syntactic structures defined by those words, all presented with clear, detailed bilingual explanations using brief excerpts from well-known classical sources as examples.  This enables students to master grammatical function words and to apply their knowledge to new classical texts comfortably.  Pairing Classical Chinese with Language of the Dragon (see below) has proven especially effective.



This textbook provides...a bridge between classical Chinese and modern Chinese...students will not only learn classical Chinese words and grammar structures, but also get acquainted with the values and philosophies of Chinese tradition.


— Dr. Yu Feng, Chinese Language Program Director, Brandeis University