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How Far Away Is the Sun? and Other Essays

How Far Away Is the Sun? and Other Essays

ISBN:
9780887275357
by Weijia Huang, Qun Ao
Description

Readings in Chinese Culture Series, Volume 2

How Far Away Is the Sun? is the second of a five-volume series of supplemental reading material that corresponds to five different levels of ACTFL proficiency guidelines. This collection of ten original essays is ideal for intermediate students in their first semester of second-year Chinese, or at the "Intermediate-Mid" level.

"How far away is the sun?" is a traditional philosophical conundrum most Chinese children can readily explain. With this reader, non-native learners of Chinese will understand this Confucian query as well as other challenging cultural questions, while solidifying their Chinese language skills.

How Far Away Is the Sun? satisfies the need for fun and interesting supplementary reading material for Chinese language learners. 

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. 

*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: 
2007
Trim Size: 
6.25 x 9
Format: 
Paperback
Pages: 
240pp
Illustrations: 
B/W illustrations
Table of Contents

How Far Away is the Sun? and other Essays

英文编写说明 / 英文編寫說明

vii

English Preface

 

中文编写说明 / 中文編寫說明

x

Chinese Preface

 

词类简称表 / 詞類簡稱表

xiv

Abbreviations of Parts of Speech

 

1. 小霞的网恋 / 小霞的網戀

1

Xiǎo Xiá’s Internet Romance

 

2. 小丽想跟谁结婚? / 小麗想跟誰結婚?

15

Whom Should Xiǎo Lì Marry?

 

3. 不听话的太阳 / 不聽話的太陽

29

The Naughty Sun

 

4. 月宫里的嫦娥 / 月宮裡的嫦娥

43

The Moon Palace’s Cháng’é

 

5. 喜欢吃中国菜 / 喜歡吃中國菜

 57

Enjoying Chinese Food

 

6. 中国画儿里有意思 / 中國畫兒裡有意思

71

Chinese Paintings and Their Meanings

 

7. 太阳的远近 / 太陽的遠近

85

How Far Away is the Sun?

 

8. 自以为聪明的人 / 自以為聰明的人

99

People Who Think They’re Smart

 

9. 有礼貌地称呼人 / 有禮貌地稱呼人

113

Addressing People Politely

 

10. 独生子女长大了 / 獨生子女長大了

129

China’s Only Children Grow Up

 

附录一 拼音课文 / 拼音課文

143

Appendix 1 Texts with Pinyin

 

附录二 练习答案 / 練習答案

185

Appendix 2 Answer Key

 

生词索引 / 生詞索引

197

Vocabulary Index (Alphabetical by Pinyin)

 

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).