When it comes to language learning, most people would work on three language skills altogether: reading, speaking and listening. Since they are three essential ways to communicate with others in any languages, no doubts about it.
However, when it comes to Chinese, people start to hesitate. Can I just learn how to speak? Can I only learn reading in pinyin? Could any learner eventually be able to read and understand a novel in Chinese?
The bottom line is, to be able to read Chinese articles and make the sense out of each word is an endeavor that is comparable of climbing a snow covered mountain. :-)
I'd like to challenge it by putting out a mini novel that is purposely written with Chinese learners in mind. It is presented with pinyin, English translation, and also vocabulary table. You don't need to look up new word in a seperate window if you don't have pop-up dictionary, each single word can be looked up in the vacab table.
The story of the mini novel is simple concept too, though it is a good story in my opinion. The whole mini novel is devided into 6 posts with only two to three paragraphes on each post to make it easy for you to read in a limited time slot each day. People are extremely busy nowadays ... aren't you? :-)
You'll come across words and idioms like this in the story:
||to fight; to battle; CL:場|场[chang2],次[ci4];
||old practice; CL:個|个[ge4];
||to attract (interest, investment etc); CL:個|个[ge4];
||and; besides; moreover; furthermore; in addition;
||to fall in love with; to be in love with;
Hope the tiny novel can help you learn and reenforce these vocabs among others:
Give it a try and let me know how I can improve? Any suggestions are very well welcomed!
(photo credit #eelco)