Mandarin Companion: Now everyone can read books in Chinese that are fun and accelerate language learning. Each book is carefully written to use only characters, words, and grammar that a learner is likely to know.
The Mandarin Companion Leveling System has been meticulously developed through an in-depth analysis of textbooks, education programs and natural Chinese language. Every story is written in a simple style that is fun and easy to understand. Level 1 is intended for Chinese learners who have at least a strong elementary level of Chinese. Most students will be able to approach this book after one to two years of formal study. This version is entirely in traditional characters.
This story is based on "Rip Van Winkle" by Washington Irving, but adapted for China.
Zhou Xuefa is well loved by everyone in his town, but always given a hard time by his nagging wife. With his faithful dog Blackie, Zhou Xuefa spends his time playing with kids, helping neighbors, and discussing politics in the teahouse. One day after a bad scolding from his wife, he goes for a walk into the mountains and meets a mysterious old man who appears to be from an ancient time. The man invites Zhou Xuefa into his mountain home for a meal, and after drinking some wine, Zhou Xuefa falls into a deep sleep. He awakes to a time very different than what he once knew.
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