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Watching the Clouds Go By and Other Essays

Watching the Clouds Go By and Other Essays

by Weijia Huang, Qun Ao
ISBN:
9781622910557
$19.99
Description

Readings in Chinese Culture Series, Volume 5

Watching the Clouds Go By invites students to investigate the rich textures of traditional and contemporary Chinese culture while sharpening their reading skills. The fifth in the five-volume Readings in Chinese Culture series, this collection of ten original essays is ideal for advanced students in their second semester of third-year Chinese, or at the “Advanced Mid” level, as designated by ACTFL proficiency guidelines.

A suitable supplement for any advanced Mandarin Chinese textbook, or as reading material for independent learners, Watching the Clouds Go By 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: 
2014
Trim Size: 
6“ x 9"
Format: 
Paperback
Pages: 
304pp
Illustrations: 
B/W
Table of Contents

Watching the Clouds Go By and other Essays

英文编写说明 / 英文編寫說明

v

English Preface

 

中文编写说明 / 中文編寫說明

viii

Chinese Preface

 

词类简称表 / 詞類簡稱表

xiv

Abbreviations of Parts of Speech

 

1. 坐看云起时 / 坐看雲起時

1

Watching the Clouds Go By

 

2. 婚姻的历程 / 婚姻的歷程

12

The Evolution of Marriage

 

3. 中国古代神话 / 中國古代神話

41

Ancient Chinese Mythology

 

4. 现代神话与科学幻想 / 現代神話與科學幻想

61

Modern Myths and Science Fiction

 

5. 国粹中的书法和中医 / 國粹中的書法和中醫

 79

Calligraphy and Traditional Chinese Medicine:The Essence of China

 

6. 京剧是中国的国剧 / 京劇是中國的國劇

99

Beijing Opera: A National Opera

 

7. 经济发展与环境污染 / 經濟發展與環境污染

119

Economic Development and Environmental Pollution

 

8. 电与环境 / 電與環境

141

Power and the Environment

 

9. 武器与战争 / 武器與戰爭

161

Weapons and Warfare

 

10. 汉字与中华民族 / 漢字與中華民族

179

Chinese Characters and the People of China

 

附录一 拼音课文 / 拼音課文

199

Appendix 1 Texts with Pinyin

 

附录二 练习答案 / 練習答案

241

Appendix 2 Answer Key

 

生词索引 / 生詞索引

253

Vocabulary Index (Alphabetical by Pinyin)

后记 / 後記

283

Afterword from the Author

 

 

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.