- Series: Reading in Chinese Literature
- Paperback: 230 pages
- Publisher: Cheng & Tsui; Bilingual edition (August 29, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0887275346
- ISBN-13: 978-0887275340
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #456,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tales and Traditions: Readings in Chinese Literature Series (Volume 1) (Reading in Chinese Literature) Paperback – August 29, 2007
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This first volume of the series says it's for "Advanced Beginning Students," but there's actually quite a bit of vocabulary that's not usually found in beginner-level textbooks, so an advanced beginner student would have to make fairly heavy use of a dictionary while reading these stories (in addition to the book's supplied vocab lists). That being said, the grammar seems to be at an advanced beginner level. Overall, the book might be better suited for low-intermediate students looking for reading material that is interesting but not overly challenging.
The book conveniently gives each story in both traditional and simplified characters and also supplies a few discussion questions. The back section of the book has each story written out with pinyin above ever character. Thus, a teacher could use this book with low-beginner students for basic pronunciation practice even if the students don't know the actual meaning of most of the characters.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As other reviewers have indicated, the subject matter of these elementary readings are folklore, folk-wisdom literature they might be called. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Marco Buendia
I've only just started going through the book, but I can already tell it's great! I feel like I am reading interesting texts (as opposed to plowing through kids books) but I also... Read morePublished on December 4, 2013 by S. Low
This is the first the first short story:
从前，有一个农民住在一个小村子里。他每天早上很早起床到地里去工作，晚上很晚才回家。... Read more