Recommendation for Classical Chinese Reading?

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Re: Recommendation for Classical Chinese Reading?

Postby John Yu » 26 Apr 2012, 09:46

I guess I'm a traditionalist...in the end I decided to go with 論語.
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Re: Recommendation for Classical Chinese Reading?

Postby shengou » 11 May 2012, 20:39

I read about 10 passages of Meng Zi in my classical Chinese class a year ago. I didn't like it at first, but he really grew on me.

Just a small side question, what's a good book for learning Classical Chinese? I took a year of it, but I still want to get one more book that explains the structures and meanings of words before I start reading purely classical chinese texts. I've tried finding something that a high school student would use here, but I can't seem to find any that match what I want.
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Re: Recommendation for Classical Chinese Reading?

Postby John Yu » 12 May 2012, 08:00

I'd recommend Language of the Dragon, by Gregory Chiang. It might be a little too easy for you if you've already done Mencius before, but I think it's a good starting book for explaining structure and meaning of words. I also used A First Course in Literary Chinese, by Harold Shadick (but it was too old-school for my tastes) and Literary Chinese Reading Selections, compiled by TLI (all in Chinese, no explanation of structure, just modern Chinese definitions of the more difficult vocabulary).
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