A Self-Study Chinese Grammar That Helps You Come Prepared To Class

step-by-step examples

To show you how to get from an English to a Chinese sentence structure.

All the essentials

Straightforward lessons that focus on the rules and not the exceptions. Covers the Chinese grammar taught in beginning college courses.

Study Tips

Tips to help you learn common Chinese verbs and word forms, and to remember them.

one point per chapter

In each bite-sized lesson, author Matthew B. Christensen one grammar rule and illustrate it with English and Chinese examples.

Explained in English

To help you learn Chinese grammar from the point of view of a language you already speak.

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Table of Contents
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Sample Chapter
Learn "What are Direct Object Pronouns?" and how they work in English and Chinese

Book Reviews

Journal of the Chinese Language Teachers Association
Prof. Michael E. Everson, Review Editor,
“I’m actually quite excited about this book. . . . This book is clearly outside-the-box-thinking and should appeal to those students who need more explicit instruction on the differences between Chinese and English grammar. This volume is written by Matthew Christensen, one of the most experienced and knowledgeable Chinese language and culture educators in the field.”
Brigham Young University
Jet Axtell, Student
“I bought this book last fall after my professor shared it with our class. I have always struggled with grammar in every language class. One reason I stuck with Chinese is because of the more simple grammar structure to the language, however no matter how simple the grammar I still struggled. This book is like a gold mine. It has in one source all the terms I haven't fully grasped yet, in addition to that, it explains these terms as they relate to the grammar concepts in the Chinese language. It has helped me to reach a whole new level of understanding in my studies.”
Brigham Young University
Kayli Winger, Student
"I found this book to be very helpful. I think that when we learn our first language growing up, we become ignorant to its grammatical structure. We may use it properly, but lack knowledge of the technical terms.English Grammar for Students of Chinese really helped me to understand both Chinese and English grammar, and it was really interested to see the similarities and differences between the two. The book was well made, and I would recommend it to any student of Chinese."

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What Are Number and Count Nouns?

Learn terms used in English and Chinese grammar such as number and count nouns—they play a minor role in English, but an important role in Chinese.

Step-By-Step Chinese Sentence Structure

Learn how to get from an English structure to an equivalent Chinese sentence structure. Our examples will take you every step of the way.

What are nouns, verbs and adjectives?

Learn what are parts of speech so you can identify English and Chinese nouns, verbs, and adjectives. This will help you choose the correct Chinese equivalent to the English word.

What are subjects and objects?

Learn to identify the function of words used in English and Chinese grammar so you can choose the correct Chinese equivalent to the English word.

Learn what are English and Chinese subjects, Chinese direct and indirect objects.

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