Chinese stories for language learners
Author: Ling Vivian, Wang Peng
Format: PDF, MP3
This book presents 22 classic Chinese proverbs and the traditional tales behind them. The stories are bilingual, with the Chinese and English versions presented on facing pages. Each includes an explanation of how the proverb is used today, cultural notes, vocabulary and discussion questions. Audio recordings of the tales read by native speakers are included—both on the accompanying CD and as downloadable online audio—giving students a chance to improve their pronunciation and comprehension. For intermediate and advanced students, a special benefit of this book is the acquisition of proverbs and idioms, called 成语 chéngyǔ (set phrases) in Chinese. These phrases constitute a rich feature of the Chinese language. The speech of any well-educated native Chinese person tends to be liberally spiced with them. It’s easy for students at the intermediate and advanced level to fall in love with chéngyǔ, for they are eloquent, humorous and utterly unforgettable once you have learned them. Imagine yourself impressing your Chinese friends by coming up with the perfect set phrase at just the right moment!