The author has been studying Chinese for the past eight years. Starting with no background in the language he studied hard at Cornell, went to Beijing, met his beautiful wife, and now speaks Chinese every day. Disappointed with the quality of intermediate and advanced Chinese books, he wrote this book focused on easing the intermediate/advanced student into reading some of China’s best literature. He currently lives in Japan where he continues his passion for learning languages. He continues to study Chinese and is now learning Japanese as well. Please feel free to contact him via the contact form on this web site.
A guide to help students of Chinese read Chinese literature, learns Chinese history, and study Chinese characters. Best Material for those who want to learn about Chinese literature and culture. Due to its complex writing systems, Chinese is one of the most difficult languages in the world. Full literacy of Chinese requires a working knowledge of three to four thousand Chinese characters and breaking into reading Chinese literature is a daunting task.
The Capturing Chinese series is a comprehensive tool to help students of Chinese read Chinese literature in its original form. Footnotes highlight the more difficult vocabulary and pinyin is provided for the entire text. There is no need to constantly consult a dictionary or look up difficult characters by radical. Historical events, people and places are explained throughout and illustrations recreate the scenes.
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Every Capturing Chinese reader includes:
• Full story in simplified Chinese
• Pinyin for the entire text
• Definitions for difficult vocabulary
• Historical explanations and summaries
• Illustrations throughout
• FREE MP3s read by two native speakers
Enjoy this free sample of Capturing Chinese Short Stories from Lu Xun's Nahan. Don't take our word that it's great, check it out for yourself. Audio files are also included!
Reviews of Capturing Chinese
The book Capturing Chinese is a great aid for readers who want to learn about the father of modern Chinese literature and his works.
• Carolyn Lee, Director of the Chinese Language Program at Duke University
As reading material for the students who are learning Chinese and interested in Chinese literature and culture, your book is amazing and special!
• Liu Liping, Chinese Professor at Columbia University
Your book [Capturing Chinese Short Stories from Lu Xun's Nahan] will offer teachers of the Chinese language an effective tool of accessing Lu Xun’s difficult texts.
• Nanxiu Qian, associate professor of Chinese literature at Rice University
To be a part of the course reading in Qiuyun Teng’s Advanced Chinese Reading Class at Cornell University in the fall of 2010!
Our mission is to collect some of the best Chinese literature on this website for our readers to peruse and enjoy. Reading Chinese literature is the ultimate goal for many Chinese students, but which stories do you start with? We are collecting some of the best literature and providing them here in PDF format for our readers. We are continuing to expand our series of Capturing Chinese and are working on our fifth book currently with others planned. If you have a favourite story that you would like us to include please contact the author here.
FREE Chinese Audio Files
Readers can download the files using a password located in each book. The password is just a normal word in the text that we have picked. Check the table below for your book, your password, and your link to the audio files. Once you have the password head to the right web page, enter the password, and download your files.
MP3 files of all Capturing Chinese books are available for download here, free of charge for all our customers.
Listening to the stories will reinforce your learning of the Chinese in a fun and easy way.