For what do you want to learn? For examination or for fun?
For personal pleasure so I can read older Chinese literature, philosophical thoughts, poetry.
Thank you jinyu! I’ll look into that.
Then, reading what ever available and interesting doesn’t work?
That sounds cost-effective.
classical chinese is actually taught in high school and college. it’s not simply just chinese literature from the past; in classical chinese, the words are extremely condensed compared to the regular modern chinese that people read and write in.
there are specific reference books, texts book, poetry and writings from different time periods/dynasties for teaching classical chinese.
Unless you have experience with them and are familiar with how certain words are used back in the days when classical chinese was used, you likely won’t be able to understand most of it or be able to appreciate its beauty.
While not necessarily a learning tool, a reading tool that could help is the Classical Chinese Wikipedia, of which has thousands of articles on modern things in Classical Chinese.
Yes, I know that. But there are many textbooks on famous old literatures, and literatures with interpretation. Reading whichever interesting for you doesn’t work? Isn’t it mostly vocabulary, once you get some basics?
Elementary kids here remember Three Character Classic, Standards for being a Good Pupil and Child, some Tang and song lyrics. The rhyme is enjoyable without knowing much and will help when they learn it as a subject.
Most of the classics, with translation and commentary in Mandarin, are available in Taiwan. Just pick what interests you and read away.
I like this site as most of it is searchable.
I’d like to note that Ming and Qing dynasty novels aren’t technically “classical chinese”. The farther you go, the harder it is to understand. Shangshu (尚書) for example is incomprehensible to me unless there are some translation for reference.
There are some threads on this forum on classical literatures.
The terminology kind of confusing in English. There are pre modern “classics” in vernacular 白文 like 儒林外史，三國演義 etc and then there is “classical Chinese” 文言文。
Not classical Chinese.
古文觀止 is a well-known introduction to classical Chinese.
適合學習. Of course you could start with 詩經, but it’s gonna be very difficult. I don’t know the OP I’m not sure how familiar they’re with 文言文.
山海經 is also very interesting. Try to get the ones with illustrations.