a self-study guide that helps you come prepared to Chinese class

step-by-step examples

To show you how to get from an English structure to the equivalent Chinese structure

All the essentials

Straightforward lessons that focus more on the rules than the exceptions.  Covers the grammar taught in beginning college courses.

Study Tips

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

one point per chapter

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

Explained in English

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

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Table of Contents
Sample Chapter

Learn The Grammar Terms Your Textbook Assumes You Know

Parts Of Speech

Learn how to identify English and Chinese nouns, verbs, adjectives, prepositions so you can choose the correct equivalent to an English word. 

Functions Of Words

Learn how to identify English and Chinese subjects, direct and indirect object so you can choose the correct equivalent to an English word.

English and Chinese Grammatical Terms

Learn of conjugation, gender, number, agreement so you’ll understand these terms that play an important role in Chinese.

Step-By-Step Analysis Of Examples

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

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."