Teacher Beth
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What is the best way to start learning Classical Chinese? What is the best way to start learning Classical Chinese? Do you know any good sites to help? Any good suggestions of what to read.Ha o.k, let me find out what it is in Chinese.....O.k it appears to be referred to as 文言文. I will study Classical Chinese at university next year, but I want to get a head start.
May 13, 2011 6:25 PM
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I'm so surprised that you will study this difficult kind of Chinese. In my opinion,when you start to learn classical Chinese,you should have some Chinese bases,and you should have ready for remembering many meanings of words and learning the grammar of using some important words. The former means that there are many different meanings which is maybe unexpected of even one word and you have to spend much time to remember and read . And the latter means that if you can remember and recognize the rules to use prep. v. adj. adv. and so on,you will get a great progress.And the rules are really regular but may be not the same part of speech you usually know in life.So you have to remember the examples and learn the rules that you can know the meaning when it appears in other sentences. As is mentioned above,they are the most important things in learning classical Chinese I think. Although,some people think it will be a little boring .So ,I recommend that when you are remembering such two things you can also find some Tang poems and Chinese Song Poems to read which may help you find the feeling to learn classical Chinese and find something interesting. Of course,it's more important to find and translate some sentences of articles written in the classical Chinese. And after that you should find the correct translation to know the difference between it and yours .Then you can learn how to translate such kind of sentences you meet next time .When you read some articles written in classical Chinese you can just treat it as a story about the culture of ancient china which will be more interesting for your learning. I don't know if what I said can help you ,but I hope you can have pleasure in your classical Chinese learning.
May 14, 2011
May 14, 2011
Classical Chinese is very difficult even to Chinese people. There're many special syntactical structures. And sometimes the meaning and pronunciation of the words are totally different from the present chinese language. If you want to study it, find a simple tutorial which provides detailed explanations for syntactical structures,word meanings and pronunciations and also provides translations sentence by sentence. By the way learning history well is helpful to study classical Chinese. This website gives some tips to study classical Chinese. http://www.xuexifangfa.com/yuwen/wenyanwen/
May 14, 2011
Aww...I admire your confidence and courage,Beth,really,I do....Cuz I don't understand ancient Chinese very well even though I'm from China.When I was a senior high school student,the thing that could give me "headache"is Classical Chinese,I hate memorizing the different meanings of those Chinese characters,but I do admire people who have a good command of it.So I'm sorry that I cannot give ya a hand,but I think maybe you can start reading some simple articles,and I've found some short and simple articles online,hope these can help ya..:Dhttp://zhidao.baidu.com/question/21253691.html
May 14, 2011
  Classical Chinese or Literary Chinese is a traditional style of written Chinese based on the grammar and vocabulary of ancient Chinese, making it different from any modern spoken form of Chinese. Classical Chinese was once used for almost all formal correspondence before and during the beginning of the 20th century, not only in China but also, during various different periods, in Korea, Japan, and Vietnam。(http://edu.sina.com.cn/en/2010-07-01/143756412.shtml) Please visit the sites: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Classical_Chinese http://www.hudong.com/wiki/%E6%96%87%E8%A8%80%E6%96%87 http://www.chinadetail.com/Culture/LanguagesLiteraryChinese.php http://www.tsoidug.org/trans.php I hope it will be also useful for you.
May 13, 2011
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Teacher Beth
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Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), English, French, German
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Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German