4 replies on “In Memoriam: John DeFrancis”

  1. Bao Pu says:

    Thanks for this notice and link. His The Chinese Language: Fact and Fantasy changed my understanding of the Chinese written language forever.

  2. Dave Bonta says:

    Thanks for the link. Yeah, we used Beginning Chinese I & II when I was a student at Penn State years ago. A fascinating life story.

  3. I went through DeFrancis’s beginning and intermediate books I forget how long ago, and despite their age, they’re still some of the best resources I’ve found for vocabulary building.

    His work set a bar I’ve yet to see met by any other pedagogical resource, a shame given the modern tools we have at our disposal.

  4. C.P. Sobelman says:

    Would appreciate any information on his original language text also called Beginning Chinese, published long before the series developed for Seton Hall University.

    C. P. Sobelman

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