Rainbow Bridge Graded Chinese Reader is Sinolingua's new collection of graded readings.
The Magical Lotus Lantern (Level 2- 300 Words) is based in traditional Chinese folklore and tells the story of Chenxiang, his mother Sanshengmu who was a goddess and his father Liu Yanchang was a human. Erlang Shen, his mother's brother who was a god, punishes them killing Liu Yanchang. Sanshengmu escapes and gives birth but Chenxiang grows up not knowing his origins.
The stories are adaptations of literary and Chinese history: Mythology, legends, folklore, biographies, historic tales etc.
The new feature of this collection is that now, English translations have been added.
The serie has multiple levels:
Starter: HSK 1, CEFR A1 / Vocabulary: 150 / Characters: 1000
Level 1: HSK 1-2, CEFR A1-A2 / Vocabulary: 300 / Characters: 250
Level 2: HSK 2-3, CEFR A2-B1 / Vocabulary: 500 / Characters: 500
Level 3: HSK 3, CEFR A2-B1 / Vocabulary: 750 / Characters: 750
Level 4: HSK 3-4, CEFR B1 / Vocabulary: 1000 / Characters: 10000
Level 5: HSK 4, CEFR B1-B2 / Vocabulary: 1500 / Characters: 15000
Level 6: HSK 5, CEFR B2-C1 / Vocabulary: 2500 / Characters: 25000
- Each story has an presentation of all characters written in English and Chinese.
- It includes glossaries throughout the book of the words that do not belong to the level but they are necessary to tell the story. In these words, the reader will find the pinyin, the meaning and one example of how to use it.
- At the end of the book, the reader will find reading comprehension questions.
- The book includes answers for self studying.
- Audios are available through the publisher's website.