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Exactly what every Chinese Learner (and non Chinese learner) needs
on June 18, 2012
Have you ever seen a proverb either on Twitter, in a book or in a speech and wondered, "Is that REALLY a Chinese proverb?" Or have you ever thought, "What is the Chinese version of that proverb?" Well, a great book has been created by a husband and wife team which will answer both of those questions. They both teach Chinese at Calvin College, the American husband and Chinese wife team up together to create a highly useful and networked book. I've already learned a few proverbs from this book and created a comic strip on our site using those proverbs! When I say networked it means that the book is broken into specific logical sections. When the proverb is about food, it's in the food chapter (and there are many!) It took us a while to find 3 proverbs about fathers, but I scanned through to look for them and I found 3 proverbs about fathers (to use for our Father's Day comic.)
For the Chinese learner: This is perfect since every proverb contains the Chinese characters AND Pinyin. Using these proverbs will really spice up your language ability. Plus, MX (my wife from Shanghai) knows all the ones she already read, so these proverbs are real, authentic and all Chinese know them. Put this on your list for Christmas, birthdays or before you head to China or graduation. Send this to your mom and dad so they'll buy it for you!
Anyway, my 4 year old son and I can now use a new proverb that we learned to help cheer up my wife, his mother! "A laugh can cure 100 illnessess!" My wife MX can now take the proverbs that she knows so well and can use the English proverbs or the equivalent of them. It works well for both of us!
The book is small so it packs easily in your carry-on but it's packed with great information, logic and clarity of the Chinese mind. Larry and Qin have scored a winner here!