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Chinese stories for language learners : a treasury of proverbs and folktales in Chinese and English / Vivian Ling & Wang Peng ; illustrated by Yang Xi.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Eckhart PL - Main 495.1 LIN (Text) 840191003117770 New Items - Main Level In process -
North Madison Co PL - Ralph E. Hazelbaker Library (Summitville) 495.1 LIN (Text) 30419300560070 Adult Non-Fiction Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780804852784
  • ISBN: 0804852782
  • Physical Description: 255 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm + 1 audio disc (2 hr., 45 min. : digital ; 4 3/4 in.)
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: Rutland, Vermont : Tuttle Publishing, [2020]

Content descriptions

Formatted Contents Note:
Why we wrote this book -- The literary origins of the stories in this book -- An alphabetical list of the Chinese sayings -- Marking a boat to locate a lost sword. Modern wives and traditional husbands -- Learning the Handan walk. China opens to the world -- Like a frog at the bottom of a well. A country boy becomes a scholar -- The bamboo painter with real bamboo in his heart. Why risk failure? -- Painting the eyes on a dragon. The importance of book titles -- The great teacher who provided equal opportunities for his students. Need-blind college admissions -- The fox who uses the tiger's prowess. Madame Mao : a paper tiger -- Trust old horses to know the way. China calls back an "old horse who knows the way" for Us-China trade talks -- Waiting for rabbits by a tree stump. Waiting at Starbucks for a mate -- When the city gate burns, fish in the moat suffer disaster. The collateral damage of a divorce -- The old frontiersman who lost his horse. Missing an ill-fated flight -- Pure water has no fish; scrupulous people have no friends. Learning to be a friend of "perfect" people -- Bo Le recognizes a superb horse. Recruiting superb language teachers -- Planning lies with man, but success lies with heaven. Chasing your dreams -- Azure blue is from indigo but surpasses indigo. Leonardo da Vinci and Maya Lin -- Choosing between fish and bear paws. Juggling career and family -- An imposter in the orchestra. A college admissions scandal -- People cannot be judged by their appearance; oceans cannot be measured with a bucket. Laszlo the janitor -- Uprooting sprouts to help them grow. Cultivating musical talent -- Keeping the mountain green so you'll have firewood to burn. Arising from the ashes of war -- Covering one's ears to steal a bell. The massacre at Wounded Knee -- The underdog who changed history. A life transformed by education.
Summary, etc.:
This book presents 22 classic Chinese proverbs and the traditional tales behind them. The stories are bilingual, with the Chinese and English versions presented on facing pages. Each includes an explanation of how the proverb is used today, cultural notes, vocabulary and discussion questions. Audio recordings of the tales by native speakers are included, giving students a chance to improve their pronunciation and comprehension.
Language Note:
In English and Chinese.
Subject: Chinese language > Readers.
Short stories, Chinese > Readers.
Tales > China.
Legends > China.
Chinese language > Study and teaching > Foreign speakers.
Chinese language > Study and teaching > English speakers.
Reading comprehension > Problems, exercises, etc.

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