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ERIC Number: ED210936
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Nov
Pages: 207
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
A Survey of Common Expressions Used in Daily Life in People's Republic of China.
Lin, Helen T.
A survey of common daily expressions in use in the People's Republic of China (PRC) was conducted during the summer of 1979. It was considered a preliminary attempt towards solving the problem of inadequate teaching material for the study of Chinese. A questionnaire was developed and administered to more than 200 individuals. One hundred sixty-five interviews were transcribed in the project, which yielded both demographic and lexical data. It was found that when compared to the first and second-year Chinese language texts published by the PRC prior to 1976, the proportion of daily life expressions to political terminologies obtained by the present survey is approximately 60% less than the proportion in the textbooks. The appendices present the following data: (1) the 1771 commonly used expressions found in the survey according to frequency of use; (2) the 762 commonly used characters and their 1771 expressions arranged alphabetically; (3) a list of 83 of the common sayings of the PRC; (4) a list of 309 commonly used expressions found in this survey and the 800 words of "Modern Chinese"; (5) a list of suggested commonly used expressions; (6) a list of Chinese idioms and common sayings found in the survey; and (7) a sample interview. (AMH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Reference Materials - Vocabularies/Classifications; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
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Language: EnglishChinese
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: China