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The drastic reduction of vocabulary in the propaedeutical part, accompanied by pinyin readings (and pinyin exercises) as well as by an appendix that gives the stroke order for every character indeed implies--and reminds us--that Classical Chinese can be learned without any prior knowledge of Modern Mandarin or of the Chinese script--an approach that nowadays is next to unthinkable in North American curricula and, finally, al so rapidly retreating at European institutions.
Parallel to the propaedeutical part of the textbook, the grammar gradually proceeds from the very basic to more complex syntactical structures.