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Tales and Traditions, Volume 3

Tales and Traditions, Volume 3

Readings in Chinese Literature Series
by Yun Xiao et al.
ISBN:
9780887276828
Description

Just as children gain literacy in their native language by reading, learners of a foreign language must read large amounts of level-appropriate books and material to attain fluency in their target language. Tales and Traditions was specially created to help learners of Chinese achieve that goal, by collecting adaptations and selections from the most well-known works in the Chinese literary and folk canon in a series of convenient supplementary readers.

This third volume for low-advanced learners contains classical poems, background on culturally significant places in China, love stories, tales of warriors and heroes, and more Chinese legends and myths.

Specs

Publisher: 
Cheng & Tsui
Publication Date: 
2009
Trim Size: 
6.25 x 9
Format: 
Paperback
Illustrations: 
B/W illustrations
Table of Contents

Preface

vi

Teaching Note

x

Abbreviations of Parts of Speech

xi

I.  Classical Chinese Poems

1

Missing My Hometown on a tranquil Night

3

Spring Morning

9

Love Seeds

15

Pitying the Farmers

21

Visiting the Plain of Tombs

27

II. Cities of Reputation and Sites of Historical Interest

33

China’s Capital City, Beijing

35

The Great Wall

45

Xi’an’s Terra-Cotta Warriors and Horses

57

Dunhuang Rock Caves

63

Tibet’s Potala Palace

69

III. Love Stories

77

Giving One’s Best in a Time of Hardship

79

Lady Reindeer Looks Back

87

A Broken Mirror Repairs Itself

93

The Conqueror Bids Farewell to His Favorite Concubine

101

IV. Knight-Errant Stories

111

Sleeping on Firewood and Tasting Gall

113

Scraping the Poisoned Bone for Treatment

121

Mu Guiying, the Commander-in-Chief

131

The Heroine Feng Wanzhen

141

V. Mythis and Fantasies

149

Shennong Tastes Hundreds of Herbs

151

The Story of Emperor Shun

161

Lin Moniang, Goddess of the Sea

169

The Eight Immortals Cross the Sea

177

Zhu Bajie Takes a Wife

185

   

Appendix: Story Abstracts in English

197

Vocabulary Index

215

   

 

About the Series

Each of the four volumes of Tales and Traditions was written using language appropriate for learners at different levels of Chinese proficiency: from advanced-beginning in Volume 1 through advanced in Volume 4. The first volume for beginning learners contains fables and literary quotations, sayings from classical philosophers, and myths and legends. Volume 2, for intermediate learners, contains love stories, fantasies, folk stories, and more fables and literary quotations. Volumes 3 and 4 present more challenging stories for upper-intermediate and advanced level students.  With this series students will be well on their way to becoming avid, lifelong readers in Chinese.

Just as children gain literacy in their native language by reading, learners of a foreign language must read large amounts of level-appropriate books and material to attain fluency in their target language. Tales and Traditions was specially created to help learners of Chinese achieve that goal, by collecting adaptations and selections from the most well-known works in the Chinese literary and folk canon in a series of convenient supplementary readers.

Perfect for class instruction or pleasure reading outside of class, Tales and Traditions exposes students to a wealth of information essential for the development of cultural fluency in Chinese. This series of graded readings will be especially welcomed because the Advanced Placement* exam and other standardized tests of Chinese require knowledge of China’s literary, cultural, and historical traditions. 

Each reading appears in simplified and traditional characters (on facing pages), followed by a vocabulary list and questions for discussion in both Chinese and English.  English abstracts are provided in an appendix, to assist student comprehension.  Volume 1 also contains an appendix of the texts in simplified characters with pinyin for readers still learning Chinese pronunciation. A similar appendix of the texts with pinyin is available online for Volume 2.

 

*Advanced Placement and AP are registered trademarks of the College Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product.