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July Book Recommendations

By  Gigi Chan

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“Do what we can, summer will have its flies.”–  Ralph Waldo Emerson 

Keep calm and stay cool. The heatwave will leave us soon! See below for our book recommendations for July! In this month, we would like to share with you some new titles and series that we recommend. We would love to hear your thoughts about these titles and if you need any more information on these or any of our other titles, do get in touch!


Learning Chinese

Series: Short-Term Spoken Chinese (3rd Ed.)

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The 3rd edition of the Short-Term Spoken Chinese textbook is aimed at developing Chinese oral skills for secondary school students and includes detailed explanations of phonetics and Pinyin, as well as drills and exercises to allow students to consolidate their knowledge at every step of the way. The textbook places emphasis on grammar studies and incorporates texts and dialogues that can be useful during individual study or in a classroom setting. The book comes with a CD to encourage the improvement of listening skills as well as speaking.

Book: Mastering Chinese Characters: A Modern Approach

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As an innovative, alternative approach for Chinese language learners, the author’s deconstruction and graphic interpretation of 300 Chinese characters of high frequency of use serve as one of the easiest ways to memorize Chinese characters. The illustration next to each Chinese character forms an imaginative association between each ancient Chinese pictogram and its modern meaning. The author drew on his long-term teaching experience at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London) and his book has proven very popular among Chinese language teachers as well as students. This bilingual Chinese-English book comes with a CD of mp3 files and helps learners remember characters by listening to and repeating catchphrases.


 

Books in English 

Series: EZFM Bilingual World Children’s Classics

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The bilingual English-Chinese EZFM series consists of four volumes of classic children’s stories: The Little Prince, Selected Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen, Black Beauty, and The Wizard of Oz. With colour illustrations, children can have a imaginative journey throughout the whole story, or they may choose to listen to the CDs with the fascinating voices of four celebrities reading out the stories for them.

Book: Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

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Written by Dai Sijie in 2000, Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress tells the poignant tale of two young men living at a time of cultural, political and social change during Mao’s Cultural Revolution. Their bleak lives are instantly changed by the discovery of a mysterious suitcase filled with classical Western literature – this leads the boys on a quest to protect the ‘Little Seamstress’, the beautiful daughter of the local tailor. The novel tells the story of love and passion in the midst of a nation ruled by violent change and uncertainty – it is suitable for students preparing for Chinese Pre-U examinations, as well as English speakers looking to gain insight into China’s history and culture through literature.


Books in Chinese 

Series: 丁丁历险记

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《丁丁历险记》是一套家传户晓的漫画故事,主角丁丁(Tintin)为比利时记者,一头淡黄色的短髮和其身边忠诚聪明的小狗白雪(Snowy)是他的标誌。丁丁是一个富有正义感和的冒险精神角色,故事取材於世界不同地方和文化为背影,从非洲的刚果到中国的西藏,丁丁和白雪每次都能完成任务。漫画内容提倡和平和反战等人道主义思想,在形形色色的冒险中,丁丁和白雪都能以勇敢和机智来化解危机。

Book: 吃透你了, 伦敦

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相比起中国各村各省的地道美食,英国菜素来有「黑暗料理」之称。但在伦敦这个多元城市里,我们却能品赏到世界各地的美食。这本小小的伦敦美食指南,本著「食不在贵」和「美食在街边」的宗旨,为读者带来一次阅读中的美味体验。指南从市中心出发,路线往东南西北蔓延,由街头特色小食到精緻小菜无分国界地呈现於读者眼前。作者还提供了餐厅地址,前往方法,人均消费等美食资讯,内容都是其真心分享的真实体验。

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