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Taiwan Today

Taiwan Today

An Intermediate Course
Third Edition
by Shou-hsin Teng, Lo-sun Perry
ISBN:
9780887275647
Description

Taiwan Today, Third Edition, combines the necessary skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing with exposure to contemporary Taiwanese culture. This intermediate course in Chinese includes fourteen lessons that prompt active student participation using role-playing, puzzles, and topics of interest for further discussion. A wide variety of resources in each lesson gives teachers the flexibility to choose which materials they want to teach. Content is presented with both simplified and traditional characters throughout, and exercise answers are provided in the back of the book.

The third edition has been updated as well as expanded with two new lessons—about the Taiwanese economy and the varied ethnic groups of Taiwan—giving students an even wider perspective on Taiwanese society. Also new are revised audio recordings, available as free downloads with purchase of the textbook, that include hours of texts, vocabulary, grammar, and exercises, entirely spoken by native speakers. The addition of a Bopomofo-Pinyin Conversion Chart and the book's fresh new look further enhance this latest edition.

With coverage that includes topics such as cross-strait relations and the role of women, along with broader themes such as marriage, food, and religion, students can get a better sense of both the society of contemporary Taiwan, as well as China as a whole. Together with numerous photographs and illustrations, Taiwan Today goes beyond just the study of a language toward an understanding of a language and its people.

Specs

Publisher: 
Cheng & Tsui
Publication Date: 
2008
Trim Size: 
8.5 x 11
Format: 
Paperback
Pages: 
288pp
Illustrations: 
B/W illustrations and photos
Table of Contents

Taiwan Today (3rd Edition)

Introduction

vii

1  去公園學功夫 Exercise in the Park

1

2  逛夜市 Visiting a Night Market

15

3  還是小吃好 Eating at a Food Stand

29

4  茶與中國人 Tea and Chinese People

45

5  我愛紅娘 Marriage and Matchmakers

59

6  台北怎麼那麼擠? Why is Taipei So Crowded?

77

7  熱鍋上的「烤」生 "Roasted" Students

93

8  大拜拜 Religions and Folk Beliefs

115

9  鹽水的蜂炮 The Excitement of Festivals

133

10  女強人 Strongwomen

149

11  戴口罩的騎士 Masked Cyclists

167

12  海峽兩岸 Separated by the Strait

183

13  台灣的族群與語言 Taiwan's Ethnic Communities and Languages

199

14  台灣的經濟 Taiwan's Economy

221

Vocabulary Index

241

Grammar Index

254

Abbreviations

257

Bopomofo-Pinyin Conversion Chart

258

Suggested Video Materials

259

Key to Exercises

262

Reviews

Teng Shou-hsin and Lo Sun Perry have made a significant contribution to Chinese language pedagogy.

— Scott McGinnis, Journal of the Chinese Language Teacher's Association