New Practical Chinese Reader: Workbook, Vol. 1 by Liu Xun

By Liu Xun

Compiled below the sponsorship of the China nationwide place of work for instructing chinese language as a overseas Language (NOTCFL) and in session with the chinese language talent attempt (HSK) directions, the recent useful chinese language Reader (NPCR) sequence is designed to aid local English audio system simply study chinese language. in keeping with the time-tested functional chinese language Reader (PCR), the revised and up to date NPCR combines the grammatical strengths of the outdated PCR with modern fabric and extra emphasis on studying to take advantage of chinese language in daily dialog. NPCR comprises 70 classes in six volumes, protecting starting to intermediate degrees, for 3 years of guideline. positive aspects contain balanced education in talking, pronounciation, grammar, and vocabulary; slow raises in trouble, and a cyclical method of studying with consistent overview of language buildings, services, and cultural wisdom; an abundance of perform fabric appropriate for college students to take advantage of within and open air the study room; and a brand new, systematic method of the educating of chinese language characters.

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South Coblin and Jerry Norman) have come to the realization that there is a watershed or horizon at the Han period, beyond which opinions differ widely. In other words, whereas there is rough agreement concerning the main features in the reconstruction of post-Han phonology, the recovery of pre-Han phonology presents seemingly insurmountable obstacles. This appears to be true not only of Sinitic as a whole but also of its constituent branches. It is certain that before and during the Han period, Sinitic had already borrowed many Indo-European words (particularly from the Iranian group, but also from Tocharian, Indic, and other groups), among them (in MSM pronunciation) ku-lu (wheel), shan-hu (coral), mai (wheat), wu (mage), shih-tzu (lion), p’i-p’a (balloon lute), and mi (honey).

It is easy to identify inscriptions, poems, essays, stories, novels, and plays that embody each of these ideological approaches. Two of the most fecund sources of Chinese literature are Buddhism and Taoism. Merely to speak of “Buddhism” and “Taoism” as though they were two discrete entities is, of 10 i n t r o d u c t i o n course, simplistic, for there were many different types of Buddhism and Taoism, not to mention numerous Buddho-Taoist blends. Certain sects, such as Zen (Ch’an; Sanskrit, dhya¯na [meditation]) and Pure Land, were particularly fertile fields for authors and critics to cultivate.

The antecedents of the ju lay within the shih (scholar) class. To be sure, they were a particular type of shih, as indicated by their fuller designation, ju-shih (Confucian scholars). And who were the shih? At the beginning of the Western Chou dynasty (c. ), the shih were samurai-like warriors, the lowest aristocratic class of early feudal society. ) and Warring States periods, they slowly evolved into the scholar class of late feudal society. It is both ironic and intriguing that the ju, who became the dominant group of shih, were distinguished for their gentleness, weakness, and meekness.

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