Once a month we will be sharing with our readers our special book recommendations, written by us at Cypress! Our monthly recommendations also appear on the relevant website homepages – so feel free to check them out there too.
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“A Collection of Chinese Short Stories” is a 4-part series published by Sinolingua aimed at providing beginners an opportunity to engage with interesting and funny stories in Chinese. The stories include characters on one page and pinyin on a separate page for reference purposes. New or difficult words are highlighted and exercises to test comprehension are included after each text. The stories are short and contain a manageable level of words, making these books an ideal accompaniment to GCSE level textbooks.
This dictionary published by New World Press focuses on phrases often seen in the media over the last five years. Published in 2014, the dictionary is organised in alphabetical order, with each entry including the pinyin, Chinese characters, explanation and example in Chinese. This book will help Chinese learners navigate China’s social media and popular culture. It is recommend for readers looking to better understand and interact with contemporary China through the Chinese language.
Books in English
Series: Chinese Red
Chinese Red published by Huangshan Book Press is a series of books devoted to introducing different aspects of Chinese culture. Topics covered include: Chinese Zodiac Signs, Chinese Food, The Forbidden City, Hutong in Beijing, Tibetan Art, and much more. Each of the books is written in bilingual Chinese and English, making the books suitable for both readers interested in Chinese culture and for learners of Chinese. Each book introduces the topic in detail, with full colour photographs throughout to illustrate each of the topics covered. These books are recommended for readers looking for a concise and manageable guide to different topics related to Chinese culture and may be particularly useful for learners of Chinese keen to improve subject specific vocabulary.
Book: Beloved China
Fang Zhimin was a prominent member of the Communist Party in the late 1920s and early 1930s. He was elected as a member of the Central Committee during the Fifth Party Conference and was executed by the Kuomintang in 1935. ‘Beloved China’ was published to commemorate the 80th anniversary of Fang Zhimin’s death, including several pictures related to Fang Zhimin’s life and the personal recollections written by Fang Zhimin when he was in prison. It reflects the strong belief and conviction that Fang Zhimin had for the Communist party.
Books in Chinese