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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

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.

Beginning Chinese

This course began with a lot of vocal patterns that were fine because they were just to practice your vocals. Later, they expected me to answer back when they asked small questions, of which I had no answers because I don't speak Chinese and they gave no inclination as to what I was saying earlier in the lesson. There must be more material somewhere else because I learned nothing after a half hour.

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?