Chinese BreezeChinese Breeze (Hànyǔ Fēng - 汉语风)
is a large and innovative Chinese graded reader series which offers over 60 titles of enjoyable stories at eight language levels (please see below on this site for an overview of already published volumes which are on stock). It is designed for college and secondary school Chinese language learners from beginning to advanced levels (including AP Chinese students), offering them a new opportunity to read for pleasure and simultaneously developing real fluency, building confidence, and increasing motivation for Chinese learning. Hànyǔ Fēng has the following main features:
► Eight carefully graded levels increasing from 8,000 to 30,000 characters in length;
► Wide choice of topics, including detective, adventure, romance, fantasy, science fiction, society, biography, legend etc. to meet the diverse interests of adult and young learners;
► Careful selection of most useful vocabulary for actual communication in modern standard Chinese;
► Carefully controlled distribution of vocabulary, highly recycled base words in various contexts;
► Easy to understand, low new word density, and convenient new word glosses and indexes. In lower level readers, new word density is limited to 1.5 - 2%. All new words are conveniently glossed with footnotes upon first apperance;
► Mostly original stories crafted by professional writers teamed with pedagogical experts;
► Attractive plots;
► Authentic and engaging language;
► Fully illustrated texts with appealing layouts;
► A variety of activities with answer keys;
► Accompanying CDs in MP3 format with two (normal and slow) speed choices for levels 1-3. Starting with level 4 and books from 2nd edition there is a download link given at the backcover of books.
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Left and Right are two brothers. Even their parents don’t know who is older and who is younger, as they are Siamese twins. They must do everything together. They play together, eat together, and sleep together. Most of the time they enjoy their lives and are very happy. When one was sick, the other helped his brother take his medicine and he got better. However, it’s no fun anymore when they sit in class together but one brother dislikes the other’s subjects……
Two Children Seeking the Joy Bridge, from Chinese Breeze - Graded Reader Series Level 1 (300 Word Level).
Xie Hong, Fang Xin´s true love, has gone abroad to fulfill her dream. But Fang Xin only wants to stay in Zhongguancun in Beijing doing work that he enjoys. Xiaoyue comes to visit Fang Xin every day. She is the one who really understands Fang Xin. She loves him and can offer him the help that he badly needs. But only Xie Hong is in Fang Xin´s mind. What should Fang Xin do? He seems to be losing his way in life…
June 8. Beijing. A pretty girl lies dead on the floor of her luxury home. A slip of paper found on her body reads, “I’m tired. Let me leave…...” At the bottom of the slip is a signature: Shuang-shuang. Shuang-shuang has a twin-sister called Dui-dui. The two girls look so similar that others can hardly tell who’s who. Is the one who died really Shuang-shuang? Then where is Dui-dui? If the one who died is Dui-dui as someone claimed, then why is the signature on the slip Shuang-shuang?
After the Accident, Chinese Breeze - Graded Reader Series Level 2 (500 Word Level). Including 1 MP3-CD.
One winter night, a teacher was on her way home. Suddendly she fell down from her bicycle in front of a car. The driver stopped his car right away and brought the teacher to a hospital nearby. “The patient’s name, please?” “What’s the problem?” “Are you her relative?” … The nurse asked quite a few questions. But the driver answered nothing. He then quickly disappeared. In the end, however, the teacher still saw the driver.
The old house of the Geng family has been uninhabited for years. But recently the doors of the house open and close without anyone going in or out. And at night one can hear people talking and singing inside. One dark evening, Geng Qubing sees light shining from the attic of the house. He slips into the house, and sees a pretty girl sitting with her family in the attic. Deeply attracted to the girl, Geng Qubing is determined to find out who she is, where her family is from, and why they live in his old house. But what eventually takes place is a shock for him!
Xiaoming is a pickpocket. He is really good at stealing. But he only steals from rich people. He never touches those who are poor, and doesn't let other thieves steal from poor people either. Xia Yu is a college freshman. She lost her purse at a railway station. Xiaoming got the purse back for her from the thief. More surprisingly, when Xiaoming is falling in love with Xia Yu, he lands into a big trouble after stealing from a very rich man. Will Xiaoming the pickpocket win the love of Xia Yu, a pretty college student?
Twenty-five years ago, people in my village did not know that wild geese should be under protection from hunting. Among the hunters, my grandpa was the best. He brought the geese he shot back to town and sold them to pay for my schooling. However, grandpa did not shoot one single goose on that day. It was all because of the vigilant lead goose in the flock. But at the moment when the flock was flying away, an eagle came. The eagle was hungry for young geese and pounced on one! The lead goose fought and fought with the eagle. But the eagle was too strong, and the lead goose was injured. Without hesitation, grandpa repelled the eagle away. He brought the wounded lead goose home and took good care of it. Before long, the lead goose´s mate flew over to join him in our home. Grandpa, the best hunter of wild geese, now had two goose friends…
Fang Xin was the developer of a popular software program. But he did not anticipate that the software was soon pirated for sale in large volumes. He had been searching for the pirates for a long time, but did not find them. One day, his wife Xiaoyue overheard a phone conversation in a store. She followed the caller and discovered the pirates. Nevertheless, Xiaoyue didn´t think that she was already on the brink of death…
The Moon Sculpture Left Behind, Chinese Breeze - Graded Reader Series Level 3 (750 Word Level). Including 1 MP3-CD.
A long time ago, Scholar Wang came across a girl while he strolled along a creek near his home. The girl was astonishingly pretty, but looked haggard and despondent. Attracted by such beauty, Wang took her back and hid her in his private study house, and they spent many happy days together. However, one day when Wang came back from outside, he saw something that scared him to death: A dreadful ghost sat down at his desk, put on a piece of painted skin, and turned into his pretty girl…
In just two months, five customers had large amounts of money stolen while in flight! Such cases became a headache for the cops. Harried and frustrated for a while, they found a clue while screening the names and ID numbers of all the customers. One day, when the thief showed up again on the airplane, a cop quietly followed. The cop sat there nonchalantly with his "third eye" watching and waiting for the fish to bite.
Under the auspices of the Beike Corporation, Fang Xin’s software had met with great success in the Chinese market. It was at this time that his ex-wife Xie Hong returned from the U.S., with an investment and partnership offer from her company in tow. Despite knowing the fame and power of the company behind her, Fang Xin refused. Soon, piece by piece, his life fell apart. First a lawsuit from Xie Hong, then a growing mistrust from his wife Xiaoyue. Fang Xin had little choice but to claw his way out of the slow hell his life had become.
The "Hand-in-Hand" Office of Wanshan County received an odd letter from Beijing. The author said that she would like to sponsor the education of a child in poverty through university. Her requirements: the child had to be a girl, be born on May 4, 1990, and her home be surrounded by camellias in bloom. Furthermore, the office was not allowed to let her or her family know the identity of the benefactor. How strange...
Vick used to be a famous military dog. One day, for no apparent reason, someone attacked and gravely wounded him with a stick. Due to the resulting emotional trauma, he was discharged. Now, he works with us at the Drug Sniffing Dog Training Center. My coworkers don't like him, but after training him, I've found him to be a brilliant drug-sniffing dog, and we've become the best of friends. Although, when I think back on when we trained together, and to that time my girlfriend left me, I don't know whether to laugh or cry...
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