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The Moon Is Always Beautiful and Other Essays

The Moon Is Always Beautiful and Other Essays

ISBN:
9780887276378
by Weijia Huang, Qun Ao
Description

 

The Moon Is Always Beautiful invites students to investigate the rich textures of traditional and contemporary Chinese culture while sharpening their reading skills. The third in the five-volume Readings in Chinese Culture Series, this collection of ten original essays is ideal for students in their second semester of second-year Chinese, or at the “Intermediate-High” level, as designated by ACTFL proficiency guidelines.

A suitable supplement for any intermediate Mandarin Chinese textbook, or as reading material for independent learners, The Moon Is Always Beautiful reinforces students’ grasp of Chinese vocabulary and grammar while also strengthening their understanding of Chinese culture. This cultural focus makes the Readings in Chinese Culture series an ideal tool in preparing for the AP* and other standardized exams. Each 500-700 character essay is printed in simplified and traditional characters on facing pages. A vocabulary list, related words and expressions, and an optional exercise section accompany each lesson. Pinyin versions of each essay can be found in the appendix. 

For students who prefer to read pinyin along with Chinese characters, an appendix including each essay with pinyin is included.

*AP is a registered trademark of the College Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product.

Specs

Publisher: 
Cheng & Tsui
Publication Date: 
2008
Trim Size: 
6 x 9
Format: 
Paperback
Pages: 
268pp
Illustrations: 
B/W illustrations
Table of Contents

The Moon is Always Beautiful and other Essays

English Preface

v

Chinese Preface

vii

Abbreviations of Parts of Speech

xiv

The Moon is Always Beautiful

1

Environmental Influences

21

East, West, and Things

39

Were Ancient People Stupid

57

Mandarin and Dialects

79

Ah Q Spirit

103

Brotherhood and the Seven-Step Poem

123

The Four Treasures of the Study

145

Heavenly Stems, Earthly Branches, and the Twelve Zodiac Animals

163

Palaces and Common Residences

181

Appendix 1 Texts with Pinyin

201

Appendix 2 Answer Key

233

Vocabulary Index (Alphabetical by Pinyin)

245

About the Series

Chinese Reading Comprehesion essays for language learning and cultural comparison

The Readings in Chinese Culture Series reinforces students' grasp of Chinese vocabulary and grammar and strengthens their understanding of Chinese culture through a graded series of classical and contemporary essays. The combination of language learning and cultural emphasis found in these texts makes them ideal tools to prepare for the AP* and other standardized tests. The Readings in Chinese Culture Series can supplement any Mandarin Chinese textbook or be used by independent learners. Each text contains ten 500-700 character essays, printed in simplified and traditional characters on facing pages, as well as vocabulary lists, related words related words and expressions, and exercises specific to each lesson. 

*AP is a registered trademark of the College Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product.

About the Author(s)

Weijia Huang is a Lecturer of Chinese language at Boston University with a BA in Chinese Language and Literature and MA in History of Chinese Language with a research field in Chinese Paleography. He is also a columnist for the magazine of The World of Chinese.

Qun Ao is an Associate Professor of Chinese language at the United States Military Academy, West Point. She received Ph.D. in Foreign Language Education with a Major in Second Language Acquisition and Linguistics. She is certified a Tester and Trainer by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages for assessing students in Oral Proficiency Interview for US Academia and Government sectors.

Both have co-published extensively in the field of Chinese language and culture, Chinese paleography, pedagogy of Chinese characters, and teachers’ training. Sample titles include The Sky is Bright with Stars (2012), The Moon is Always Beautiful (2008), How Far Away is the Sun (2007), Chinese Language and Culture (2002), Chinese Philology: Knowledge and Issues (2009), and Illustration of the Radicals of Chinese Characters (2008).