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Language of the Dragon, Vol 1, Online Textbook Subscription

Language of the Dragon, Vol 1, Online Textbook Subscription

A Classical Chinese Reader
1st Edition
by Gregory Chiang
ISBN:
9781622911196
$44.99
Description

This is a 2-year subscription to the eBook version of the Language of the Dragon Volume 1 textbook. An Internet connection is required to access this title.

The Language of the Dragon Volume 1 Textbook is designed to help students read simple classical Chinese materials with ease and discuss academic and scholarly topics more articulately. Volume 1 concentrates on the close reading and analysis of richly annotated short texts, providing students with a solid foundation in the phonology, lexicon, and syntax of classical Chinese. The most frequently occuring monosyllabic function words are introduced.

Each of the twenty lessons centers on an excerpt culled from a famous and important work of literature or philosophy, containing a saying that is still common in modern Chinese. Accurate and exacting explanations of vocabulary and grammar are given in both modern Mandarin and English, inviting learners to make connections between contemporary and classical Chinese. Writing exercises at the end of each lesson help solidify classical Chinese grammar patterns in students’ minds by providing addition composition, translation, and punctuation practice.

While Language of the Dragon can be taught in English, the series was designed to be taught in Chinese, and three years’ experience in modern Mandarin Chinese is assumed.

Specs

Publisher: 
Cheng & Tsui
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Format: 
Online Textbook Subscription
Table of Contents

Introduction

Grammatical Terms

  1. 磨杵作鍼 Grind an Iron Pestle into a Needle
  2. 精衛填海 Jingwei Fills Up the Sea
  3. 刻舟求劍 Marking a Boat in Order to Find a Lost Sword
  4. 自相矛盾 Using One's Own Spear to Strike One's Own Shield
  5. 揠苗助長 Helping Young Shoots to Grow by Pulling Them Upward
  6. 守株待兔 Stand by a Stump Waiting for More Suicidal Hares
  7. 伯樂相馬 Bole, the Horse Judger
  8. 畫蛇添足 Adding Legs to the Drawing of a Snake
  9. 蘇秦之楚 Su Qin Goes to Chu
  10. 塞翁失馬 The Old Man at the Frontier Loses His Horse
  11. 朝三暮四 Three in the Morning and Four in the Evening
  12. 鷸蚌相爭 The Fight Between the Snipe and the Clam
  13. 涸轍之鲋 The Carp in the Dry Rut
  14. 狐假虎威 The Fox Borrowing the Tiger's Might
  15. 南轅北轍 South-Pointing Shaft and North-Going Tracks
  16. 以己度人 Judge Others by Oneself
  17. 齊桓公為大臣具酒 Duke Huan Feasting His Ministers
  18. 望洋興嘆 Lament One's Littleness Before the Vast Ocean
  19. 愚公移山 The Foolish Old Man Removed the Mountains
  20. 泓之戰 The Battle of Hong

Appendix I: Classification of Words

Appendix II: Sentence Elements

Appendix III: Basic Sentence Types

Appendix IV: Index to Function Words

References

About the Series

Like the language it was designed to teach, Language of the Dragon has stood the test of time as an invaluable primer for students of classical Chinese. Extensively field-tested at universities throughout the United States, the two-volume series was developed not for office-bound scholars, but advanced Chinese language students seeking to strengthen their grasp of modern Mandarin through the study of classical Chinese. 

Using excerpts of famous texts from the Spring and Autumn, Warring States, Qin, and early Han periods, the two-volume series offers a clear and systematic analysis of classical Chinese grammar. Accurate and exacting explanations of vocabulary and grammar are given in both modern Mandarin and English, inviting learners to make connections between contemporary and classical Chinese. Writing exercises at the end of each lesson solidify classical Chinese grammar patterns in students’ minds by providing additional composition, translation, and punctuation practice.

While Language of the Dragon can be taught in English, the series was designed to be taught in Chinese, and three years’ experience in modern Mandarin Chinese is assumed. Language of the Dragon is especially effective when paired with Classical Chinese: A Functional Approach.

About the Author(s)

Gregory Kuei-Ke Chiang was the co-founder of the Middlebury College Chinese Department and a member of the department's faculty from 1976 until 1999. At Middlebury he served as Professor in Charge of the Middlebury Chinese School, Dean of the Oriental Schools, Dean of the Chinese School, and Chinese Adviser to the Language Schools. For many years Professor Chiang taught Classical Chinese in the Chinese School and the Chinese Department's upper level courses.