Chinese 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.
Chinese Breeze - Graded Reader Series Level 1 [300 Word Level]: Left and Right - the Conjoined Brothers [Book + MP3-CD]. ISBN: 9787301137130
Chinese Breeze - Graded Reader Series Level 1 [300 Word Level]: Two Children Seeking the Joy Bridge [2nd Edition]. ISBN: 9787301282557
Chinese Breeze - Graded Reader Series Level 1 [300 Word Level]: Whom do you like more? [2nd Edition]. ISBN: 9787301282540
Chinese Breeze - Graded Reader Series Level 1 [300 Word Level]: Wrong, wrong, wrong [2nd Edition]. ISBN: 9787301282519
Chinese Breeze - Graded Reader Series Level 2 [500 Word Level]: After the Accident [Book + MP3-CD]. ISBN: 7301167555, 9787301167557
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.
Chinese Breeze - Graded Reader Series Level 2 [500 Word Level]: An Old Painting [Book + MP3-CD]. ISBN: 7301174659, 9787301174654
An Old Painting (Chinese Title yi zhang jiu huar) from Chinese Breeze - Graded Reader Series Level 2 (500 Word Level). Including 1 MP3-CD.
In the art dealer's shop, the old gentleman picked up the old painting once again. He looked it up and down, left and right. He held it up, contemplating it for a few minutes. His eyes opened wider and wider. Finally, he turned to Shaxiao, a rag boy who stood nearby, and said "Sell this painting to me. I'll pay a lot of money, enough for your family to live on for a hundred years!" Surprisingly, Shaxiao replied, "Sir, I'm sorry. I can't sell it to you..."
Chinese Breeze - Graded Reader Series Level 2 [500 Word Level]: Green Phoenix [2nd Edition]. ISBN: 9787301282526
Chinese Breeze - Graded Reader Series Level 2 [500 Word Level]: If I didn’t have you [Book + MP3-CD]. ISBN: 7301152027, 9787301152027
Chinese Breeze - Graded Reader Series Level 2 [500 Word Level]: Mother and Son [Book + MP3-CD]. ISBN: 7301156731, 9787301156735
Chinese Breeze - Graded Reader Series Level 2 [500 Word Level]: Our geese have gone [Book + MP3-CD]. ISBN: 730114590X, 9787301145906
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…