Essentials of Modern Chinese, with simplified Chinese example sentences

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Everflow Publications, Apr 1, 2014 - Foreign Language Study - 270 pages

In order to help foreign learners to learn the essentials of written Chinese more effectively, this book is compiled in a brand-new pattern and up-to-date manner. Meticulous work has been done to simplify the complicated framework of Chinese so that the English-speaking learners will find it easy to learn.

The book, which consists of 18 chapters, discusses all the essentials of basic Chinese in a comprehensive and systematical way. Chinese auxiliaries, classifiers and word groups which so often puzzle the westerners, as well as the structures of Chinese sentences and the rules of their construction, are dealt with minutely by giving numerous illustrative sentences along with their English translation. Special paragraphs are devoted to comparison between Chinese and English where necessary.

This book adopts the system of Chinese grammatical terms, definition and classification prevailing in various types of schools in China universally accepted by the Chinese people as a whole.

Lastly, this book is designed to be a practical work for the foreign learners who have already mastered a certain number of Chinese words and expressions and the simple rules of Chinese grammar. It is suitable for work in class and for students or self-learners working on their own.


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Chinese Characters Words and Parts
A Tense 时态
Chinese Linking Verb 是判断动词是
Chinese Adjectives 形容词
predicate of the sentence with English
Chinese Classifiers 量词
Chinese Special Preposition 被
Chinese Conjunctions Auxiliaries
Chinese SubjectPredicate Word Groups 主谓词组
Chinese Special Word Groups 特殊词组 12 1 Introductory remarks
Chinese Set Word Groups 固定惯用词组 12 10 Functions of Chinese set word group
Chinese Compound and Complex Sentences

Chinese Prepositions 介词

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2014)

Wen Shaoxian (温绍贤) was born in Hong Kong. He graduated from the English faculty of Sun Yat-sen University. He had taught at a Chinese university for nearly 20 years. Now he is honorary professor of SIAS International University (US funded) in central China.


Prof. Wen is a veteran translator. He has translated and copy-edited more than 100 books of different disciplines. He is a scholar in Chinese and English contrastive grammar and translation. So far he has published 9 academic books in this connection.


Wen is also a literary writer. He has published 10 novels, 3 short story and novelette collections and 2 biographies. Of his 10 novels, 9 have been translated into English, of which he translated 8 and copied-edited another one. They were published in e-book edition and are being sold by Amazon Digital Services, USA, and also by Handheld Culture in Hong Kong.


Prof. Wen’s biographical notes can be found at the following links:

1. “Files of Chinese Writers” at

2. “Chinese Well-known Translaters” at

3. “Famous Authors from China” at


For detailed information about Wen’s life story, please refer to Wikipedia on the internet.


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