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Beginning Chinese

By Seton Hall University

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John DeFrancis worked at Seton Hall University in the Department of Far Eastern Studies’ Chinese Studies program, authoring textbooks for Mandarin Chinese in the early 1960s. The original recordings were produced at Seton Hall University in Fahy Hall on reel-to-reel tapes. Over 100 hours of audio material were recorded. Between 2008-2010, the reel-to-reel tapes were digitized to help preserve the audio materials, as the condition of the tapes began to deteriorate. As such, you may hear some background noise, clicks and other auditory imperfections in the recordings.

Customer Reviews

Where are the podcasts

I have the books and was told this is where to get the audio-it’s listed, but no podcasts available?

This is an accompanying audio files

This podcast series is not a course by itself. These are the accompanying audio files for the book Beginning Chinese by Dr. John Defrancis. The book, along with the entire series, Begining Chinese Reader, Intermediate Chinese, Intermediate Chinese Reader, Advance Chinese, Advance Chinese Reader, even though they are quite old, still the best. Materials may be a bit outdated and China has long moved away from wearing Mao clothings but the method of reenforcing what you have learned in the past chapters is still relevant today.

An Excellent Resource

These audio files are well-done and dove-tail nicely with the De Francis’ “Beginning Chinese” Revised Edition.

These course materials are in my opinion the 24K gold-standard for learning Chinese.