Free Classical Chinese Textbook

The sinologist Dr. Donald Wagner has provided on his site a free textbook for Classical Chinese studies. It is a reader with vocabulary and extensive notes. I would say the textbook is for advanced students who already have a basic grasp of the classical particles and syntax. I think the most challenging part of this text in particular is understanding all the formal titles. Fortunately in this reader these are all noted in the glossary. I went through this text and found it quite rewarding and interesting. The subject matter deals with the Han account of barbarians. There is even brief mention of Japan.

A Classical Chinese Reader: The 'Memoir on the Eastern Barbarians' in Hou Han shu, with notes and glosses for students of Chinese and Korean


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    Updated! Thanks for the note!