Chinese Short Stories For Beginners: 20 Captivating Short Stories to Learn Chinese & Grow Your Vocabulary the Fun Way!
So, you've decided to learn Chinese. Now what?
One of the toughest languages to learn, it's never been easy to find reading material in Chinese... However, we've created a book that will change all of that.
Language learning isn't just about lessons or practice - it's about consistency. You may have found the best teacher in town or the most incredible learning app around, but if you don't put all of that knowledge to practice, you'll soon forget everything you've obtained. This is why being engaged with interesting reading material can be so essential for somebody wishing to learn a new language.
Therefore, in this book we have compiled 20 easy-to-read, compelling and fun stories that will allow you to expand your vocabulary and give you the tools to improve your grasp of the wonderful Chinese (Mandarin) tongue.
How Chinese Short Stories For Beginners works:
- Each chapter possesses a funny, interesting and/or thought-provoking story based on real-life situations, allowing you to learn a bit more about the Chinese culture.
- Having trouble understanding Chinese characters? No problem - apart from the English translation below each paragraph, we've also provided you with the Pinyin romanization of the Chinese language, so that you never have trouble reading Chinese again!
- The summaries follow a synopsis in Chinese and in English of what you just read, both to review the lesson and for you to see if you understood what the tale was about. Use them if you're having trouble.
- At the end of those summaries, you'll be provided with a list of the most relevant vocabulary involved in the lesson, as well as slang and sayings that you may not have understood at first glance! Again, Pinyin romanization is included to make things super easy for you!
- Finally, you'll be provided with a set of tricky questions in Chinese, allowing you the chance to prove that you learned something in the story. Whether it's true or false, or if you're doing the single answer questions, don't worry if you don't know the answer to any -- we will provide them immediately after, but no cheating!
We want you to feel comfortable while learning the tongue; after all, no language should be a barrier for you to travel around the world and expand your social circles!
So look no further! Pick up your copy of Chinese Short Stories for Beginners and level up your Chinese, right now!
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Once again Lingo Mastery has come to the rescue, allowing us to make Chinese more accessible to a wider population. In the Introductory Note the goal is stated well: 'Haven't we all been frustrated by our inability to remember new vocabulary? We learn a word and quickly forget it. Next time we come across it, we have to look it up in a dictionary. Only then do we realize that we used to know it at some point and start to blame ourselves, asking "Why am I so forgetful?", when in fact, it's not our shaky memory to blame, but the fact that unless we review constantly, what we've learned quickly becomes dormant. Lingo Mastery's Chinese Short Stories For Beginners book is specially designed to handle this issue: it's here to help you retain what you've learned...The book not only incorporates all the vocabulary and grammar specific to the grade, but also many interesting and absorbing stories.'
After their success teaching Spanish, French, Italian, German, and Russian, now they further enhance their teaching of Chinese! And it works. To make the Chinese characters accessible, transcriptions are provided in the form of transliteration and conventional signs used for transcription. In addition to the English translation below each paragraph, the Pinyin romanization of the Chinese language are provided, and the summaries follow a synopsis in Chinese and in English, along with questions (and answers) about the text, ably assisting knowledge of what was just read. Taking it slowly, step by step with practice, Chinese words and the accompanying excellent short stories become accessible! And one of the very successful features of this book is the depth of discussion about the symbols, grammar, and the importance of the intonation of words - a feature that makes this a quality textbook!
The technique is solid and the lessons well taught. This is a very fine introduction to Chinese vocabulary and culture that may arise when you visit China or simply conversing and understanding the Chinese population here at home. This book is appropriate for all age levels, and a book much needed at this time in our national status! Grady Harp, January 20