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Learn to Read Chinese
by Paul U. Unschuld
Learn to Read Chinese is an excellent text for the student of Chinese medicine who wants to gain further understanding by reading text in the original. Paul Unschuld's translations are clear and precise and his choice of material is excellent. My students love it.
—Pacific Institute of Oriental Medicine
The sixteen lessons ... offer any student of Chinese whose interests are not focused on medicine a plethora of insights into notions and concepts that may not be known to him/her from other realms of Chinese intellectual culture; hence this primer is an enrichment to every sinologist…. If used as an instrument to decipher medical texts and as a survey of the characteristics of traditional Chinese medicine, these two volumes are a welcome and recommendable compendium for medical personnel with some prior knowledge of Chinese and also for sinologists.
This volume teaches the language of contemporary Chinese technical literature. The subject matter is Chinese medicine, making these texts ideal for those who wish to learn Chinese from real-world sources. All 128 of the texts chosen are excerpted from an introduction to Chinese medicine written by Qin Bowei, one of the founders of modern Chinese medicine and a medical writer known for producing the best contemporary technical expression. The work is thus a superb supplement for students of Chinese, as well as an effective course of study for clinicians or scholars who require only the skills necessary to use Chinese technical periodicals, papers, and texts.
The goal is the acquisition of vocabulary. Each text is an exercise. Readers transliterate, then translate a passage based on the vocabulary provided with that passage and the preceding passages.
See the Learn to Read Chinese Audio Tapes for proper, native-speaker pronunciation.
Publication Date: September, 1994
paperback; 444 pages; 7x10; $59.95
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