Posted by Grace Feng on June 28, 2012
My dear readers, Chinese learners, and friends, I’ve always wondered how a Chinese book can help a Chinese learner to learn Chinese effectively. As a matter of fact, for very advanced Chinese learners, reading a few novels in Chinese without too many lookups, but with good comprehension might not be a difficult task. However, for most not so advanced Chinese learners, I have heard a lot about their frustrations in reading a Chinese novel.
The main complaints that they have are: reading too slow, too many unknown words, puzzling sentence patterns, too many idioms and expressions they’ve never seen, culture barrier etc. etc.
I strongly believe that one can not make real breakthroughs in his/her language study without going through engaging and pleasant reading experience in the new language. I strongly recommend to start reading chapter books in Chinese once you can recognize basic sentence patterns and have accumulated basic Chinese vocabulary (around 1000 characters and the words built from them at least ).
However, I understand it’s not an easy task to find proper books to read despite the huge volumes of Chinese books available out there. Why?
Most chapter books are targeted for adult Chinese that are already on a very advanced language level and with good understanding of Chinese history and culture. The history and society background when the story happened could be drastically different even within the late 50 years. Not to mention the thousands years of ancient history that China has. If you know little about Chinese history, then most of the Chinese books on the markets will be hard for you to understand.
I’ve seen some people suggest to find colloquial Chinese novels with simple concept and simple background. It is easy to find books like this in children’s books. But not within adult catalog…
So today I’d like to collect your expectations on a Chinese chapter book that can help you learn Chinese effectively and at the same time to make you feel fulfilled after reading the book. Any thoughts are appreciated!
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