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Where Does the Wind Blow? and Other Essays

Where Does the Wind Blow? and Other Essays

ISBN:
9780887278815
by Weijia Huang, Qun Ao
Description

 

Where Does the Wind Blow? invites students to investigate the rich textures of traditional and contemporary Chinese culture while sharpening their reading skills. The fourth in the five-volume Readings in Chinese Culture Series, this collection of ten original essays is ideal for intermediate students in their first semester of third-year Chinese, or at the “Advanced Low” level, as designated by ACTFL proficiency guidelines.

A suitable supplement for any intermediate Mandarin Chinese textbook, or as reading material for independent learners, Where Does the Wind Blow? 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.

<span style="\&quot;color:" #999999;="" font-size:="" 8pt;="" line-height:="" 10.666667938232422px;\"="">*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: 
2013
Trim Size: 
6“ x 9"
Format: 
Paperback
Pages: 
288pp
Illustrations: 
B/W
Table of Contents

Where Does the Wind Blowand 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. 风从哪里来?/風從哪裡來?

1

Where Does the Wind Blow?

 

2. 新“龟兔赛跑”/新“龜兔賽跑”

23

The New “Hare and Tortoise Race”

 

3. 什么是歇后语?/什麼是歇後語?

41

What is a Two-Part Allegorical Saying?

 

4. 对联种种/對聯種種

59

The Different Forms of Couplets

 

5. 汉字的产生/漢字的產生

 79

The Story of Chinese Characters

 

6. 书的历史/書的歷史

97

The History of Books

 

7. 风水与迷信/風水與迷信

115

Feng Shui and Superstition

 

8. 压岁钱的来源/壓歲錢的來源

135

The Origins of New Year’s Money

 

9. 花儿与花语/花兒與花語

153

Flowers and the Language of Flowers

 

10. «红楼梦»和林黛玉/«紅樓夢»和林黛玉

173

”A Dream of Red Mansions” and Lin Daiyu

 

附录一 拼音课文 / 拼音課文

193

Appendix 1 Texts with Pinyin

 

附录二 练习答案 / 練習答案

235

Appendix 2 Answer Key

 

生词索引 / 生詞索引

247

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).