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Easy Steps to Chinese Textbook 1

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Author: Xinying Li Yamin Ma
Publisher: Beijing Language and Culture University Press (2006)
Binding: Paperback, 128 pages
Summary:
Fun and effective, this excellent textbook series adopts an exciting new approach to teaching Chinese as a foreign language. The task-based program, designed by the authors of the popular Chinese Made Easy and Chinese Made Easy for Kids, is based on feedback and helpful suggestions from teachers who use those series in their classrooms. The new program includes careful pacing, up-to-date topics, attractive page designs, and practical tasks and activities. In the workbooks, students practice Pinyin and strokes, write Chinese characters, and more. Students acquire a vocabulary of 1,600 characters and confidence in speaking and writing Chinese. The series includes Textbook with an audio CD, Workbook, Teacher's Book with a CD, Picture Flash Cards and Word Cards. Paperback, Simplified characters, Pinyin and English. Ages 10+.
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Chinese with Lulu and Maomao

Author: Licheng Gu
Publisher: Milet Publishing
Binding: Paperback, 48pages
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Chinese with Lulu and Maomao is a fresh and fun approach to language learning. It is designed like a storybook rather than a textbook to give children a bright and stimulating introduction to Chinese and covers topics that will appeal to young learners, such as family and friends, school, toys and games, numbers and colors. There's also a CD with the book to give children a lively context in which to practice speaking Chinese. * Ideal for use at home or in the classroom * Features Simplified Characters and Pinyin, and includes Pinyin chart * Look at this! feature to highlight language structures, pronunciation and tones * Quizzes to test progress * Wordlist for reference * Support for parents and teachers on effective language learning Note: The Chinese text in most Milet books is in Complex characters. It should be understood by speakers of all dialects, including Mandarin and Cantonese. This book, as specified, features Simplified Chinese characters, which is now the form most commonly taught in schools in China and Singapore and should also be understood by speakers of all dialects.
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Chinese Odyssey 6: Innovative Chinese Courseware - Textbook w/Exercises (Simplified and Traditional)

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Author: Xueying Wang
Publisher: Cheng & Tsui (2008)
Binding: Paperback, 385 pages
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The Chinese Odyssey, Volume 6 textbook solidifies students’ competence in modern Chinese communication. In year three of Chinese Odyssey, students will carry on more sophisticated discussions in Chinese and learn to express themselves in writing. The book’s five lessons contain dialogues and texts, clear and detailed explanations of grammar rules and language usage, coordinated grammar and communication exercises, and cultural material. Lesson topics in Volumes 5 & 6 range from traditional Chinese marriage customs, to the Chinese political system and its administrative structure, to the state of environmental protection and pollution in China. This book is intended to cover the second semester of third-year Chinese for students in high school or college. This book includes practice exercises integrated throughout each section of the textbook, eliminating the need for a separate workbook. At the end of each lesson, Comprehensive Exercises integrate listening, speaking, reading, writing, and grammar practice. These exercises are the same as the exercises in the multimedia CD-ROM. Exercises and quizzes in all volumes are modeled after the HSK, China’s standardized test of Chinese for foreign learners, making Chinese Odyssey the ideal series for anyone who plans to study or work in China. This book presents traditional and simplified characters on facing pages, to encourage fluency in students who wish to study and compare the two forms.
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Chinese Grammar Made Easy: A Practical and Effective Guide

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Author: Jianhua Bai
Publisher: Yale University Press (2008)
Binding: Paperback, 336 pages
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Chinese Grammar Made Easy presents instructors with innovative and classroom-tested techniques for teaching Chinese grammar. Its communicative, meaning-based approach helps teachers to engage students by bringing grammar into a practical, real-life context. As a reference for daily teaching, this book discusses 150 of the most fundamental and frequently used grammar points that students need to learn in order to communicate successfully. Each grammar point is accompanied by various learning activities to engage students and provide structured practice. Based on research conducted by a team of 25 experienced language teachers, Chinese Grammar Made Easy also offers: • Clear and concise explanations of grammar concepts, • Step-by-step teaching instructions, • A range of exercises to reinforce each grammar point. By providing pedagogical strategies, this book allows teachers to reflect on the effectiveness of their grammar instruction and to implement methods which fit the needs and interests of language learners.
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Body in Question: Image and Illusion in Two Chinese Films by Director Jiang Wen

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Author: Jerome Silbergeld
Publisher: Princeton University Press (2008)
Binding: Paperback, 176 pages
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In the Heat of the Sun and Devils on the Doorstep are two of the finest and most honored Chinese films ever made. Body in Question is the first book to thoroughly examine these groundbreaking works and one of the first books in English to study individual Chinese films in depth. These two award-winning films by renowned director-actor Jiang Wen and cinematographer Gu Changwei are unsurpassed in China for their exquisite attention to realistic detail, their stylistic range, their emotional breadth, and their razor-like commentary on contemporary China. In scenes that range from hilarious to horrific, China's ruling elite and its complicated relationship with Japan are subjected to the filmmakers' ironic treatment and profound concern with social justice. In the Heat of the Sun has become unavailable, and Devils on the Doorstep has been suppressed by the Chinese government. Jerome Silbergeld gives these two important films careful and extended study in Body in Question. He uses cinema and photography, political history, anthropology and philosophy, Chinese rhetorical traditions, and concepts of justice to explore the films' visual complexity and intellectual force, providing a unique look at the artistry and pressing concerns of Chinese cinema today. An accompanying DVD includes major clips from both films. Body in Question will be of interest to specialists in Chinese art and culture, and anyone interested in film, Chinese politics, and Asian culture.
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Bilingual Songs: English-Mandarin Chinese

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Exciting songs in both English and Mandarin teach the alphabet (English and Pinyin), counting to 10, days of the week, months of the year, weather, seasons, colors, food, Chinese zodiac signs, parts of the body, clothing and family members. Includes a reproducible lyrics book in English, Mandarin (Simplified) and Pinyin to aid pronunciation. Singers in English and Mandarin are native speakers. Music accompaniment tracks make singing along karaoke-style fun and class performances a snap.
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Chinese Language and Culture: An Intermediate Reader

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Author: Weijia Huang, Qun Ao
Publisher: The Chinese University Press (2003)
Binding: Paperback, 500 pages
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"This reader is designed for an intermediate-level Chinese course in which students not only develop proficiency in the Chinese language but also gain some knowledge of Chinese culture. It consists of twenty-two lessons, which are arranged according to their level of difficulty. Each lesson contains a core text and a reading text. The contents of the texts cover a wide variety of topics, including Chinese language structures and characters, Chinese customs, proverbs, holidays, social phenomena, religions, poetry and geography, as well as Chinese folklore. A list of questions for group discussion follows the text in each chapter to help students further explore issues related to Chinese culture and to their own lives. Grammar notes and exercises for relevant grammatical points are introduced after each core text to enhance students’ skills of reading, comprehension and writing. The grammar notes are all explained in English and illustrated through sample sentences in Chinese with English translations. The exercises are written in a simple and humorous style to maintain students’ interest. Learners of the Chinese language will find this reader a resourceful reference on Chinese culture and society as well as a useful textbook that helps them master the language better."
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How Far Away Is the Sun? and Other Essays

Publisher: Cheng & Tsui
Binding: Paperback, 234pages
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"First semester of second-year Chinese, or ACTFL ""Intermediate Mid"" level. College, high school, and adult learners. ""How far away is the sun?"" is a 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. The second in a five-volume Cheng & Tsui Readings in Chinese Culture Series, 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, as designated by ACTFL proficiency guidelines. "
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The Moon Is Always Beautiful and Other Essays

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Author: By Qun Ao, Weijia Huang
Publisher: Cheng & Tsui (2010)
Binding: Paperback, 268 pages
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"Second semester of second-year Chinese, or ACTFL ""Intermediate High"" level. College, high school, and adult learners. The Moon Is Always Beautiful invites students to appreciate the rich textures of traditional and contemporary Chinese culture while sharpening their reading skills. The third in the five-volume Cheng & Tsui Readings in Chinese Culture series, this collection of ten original essays is ideal for intermediate students in the second semester of second-year Chinese, or at the “Intermediate High” level, as designated by ACTFL proficiency guidelines. Used as a supplement to any intermediate Mandarin Chinese textbook, or as reading material for independent learners, The Moon Is Always Beautiful will refine students’ grasp of Chinese vocabulary and grammar while also strengthening their understanding of Chinese arts, culture, and society. Given the cultural focus of the AP* and other standardized Chinese exams, teachers will welcome this resource that seamlessly combines language learning with an introduction to both classical and contemporary Chinese culture."
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Illustration of the Radicals of Chinese Characters

Author: Weijia Huang, Qun Ao
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本书是为中文的汉字教学提供一个简明、实用的部首与系联字关系表。让教师和学生在教学中,可以很方便地找到部首所系联的各种类型的字例;可以很容易地明白部首在这些字例中所表示的意义,比较清楚地了解部首系联字跟部首的历史关系,进而可以帮助教师和学生知道许多蕴藏在书面语和成语中字词的原始含义。本书收录了具有词汇意义并且含有一定数量系联字的3000多个常用字。每一个部首下分别列出跟部首有形义关系的形旁字、跟部首有声音关系的声旁字、跟部首没有任何关系的讹变字。同时特别指出一些现在看起来和部首没有关系的系联字的本义,说明它们和部首之间的渊源。
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