Traditional Form - Cultural
Chinese Americans: Amy Tan
This lesson provides biographical information about the Chinese American novelist Amy Tan.
Chinese Americans: Maxine Hong Kingston
This is a short biography of the Chinese American author Maxine Hong Kingston.
History: Story of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, Father of China
The passage, drawn from Wikipedia, introduces Dr. Sun Yat-Sen.
History: The Terracotta Warriors
This lesson introduces learners to the discovery of the terracotta warriors in China.
Language: Famous Chinese Idioms
This text consists of four-character sayings (chéngyǔ), which are used extensively in Chinese to make a point, or to sum up a complicated situation in a precise and apropos way. They are used in everyday speech by Chinese people, and when used by foreigners, convey to their Chinese audience the speaker’s understanding of cultural nuances and culturally authentic language use.
Language: More Famous Chinese Idioms
This text consists of four-character sayings (chéngyǔ), which use the classical language, and therefore are culturally loaded and rich in tradition since the chéngyǔ itself is generally derived from a longer story or parable that makes it more historically resonant. An understanding of their importance in speaking Chinese cannot be underestimated.
Legends: Butterfly Lovers
This lesson tells the traditional Chinese story of Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai, destined by fate to be star-crossed lovers.
Literature: Chinese Poem
This poem by the famous poet Li Bai (701-762) is arguably the most famous poem in Chinese history. Through it, students can get an introduction as to how the classical language and this specific genre of poetry work while not being overwhelmed. The poem is very short, yet, it is crafted within a specific rhyme and tonal scheme which uniquely express themes of separation and longing.
Literature: From the Romance of Three Kingdoms: Borrowed Arrows
This text tells a famous story from the Chinese historical novel The Romance of the Three Kingdoms and introduces learners to the famous Chinese hero Zhuge Liang.
Literature: From the Romance of Three Kingdoms: The Ruse of the Empty City
This text tells a famous story out of the classic Chinese novel The Romance of the Three Kingdoms and introduces the reader to the famous Chinese hero, Zhuge Liang.