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Chinese Through Song
Chinese Through Song
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Hong Zhang - Author
Zu-yan Chen - Author
Robert Daly - Author
Global Academic Publishing
Paperback - 155 pages
Release Date: January 2001
ISBN10: 1-58684-122-X
ISBN13: 978-1-58684-122-5

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An innovative approach to language acquisition using Chinese folk and popular songs.

Chinese Through Song represents an innovative approach to language acquisition: students develop their language proficiency and music appreciation through learning Chinese songs. They expand their vocabularies and improve their pronunciation, voice projection, and language expression—all while learning about Chinese culture in a way that is full of fun and stimulation.

The book contains twenty folk, art, and popular songs. It may be used in several ways: as the main textbook for an interdisciplinary, intermediate level course; as a supplement to regular Chinese language classes; as a resource for extracurricular activities; and as a general songbook.

Hong Zhang holds degrees in Voice Performance and is Senior Lecturer of Chinese at Binghamton University–SUNY. Zu-yan Chenis Professor in the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies and Director of the Confucius Institute for Chinese Opera at Binghamton University–SUNY. Robert Daly is Director of the Maryland China Initiative at the University of Maryland.

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Table of Contents

Introduction—On a New Approach to Language Acquisition
User’s Guide
Chinese Singing Terms
Basic Singing Techniques

1. Song of Mount Ali 阿里山之歌

2. Kangding Love Song 康定情歌

3. The Olive Tree 橄榄树

4. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 一二三四五六七

5. In That Distant Place 在那遥远的地方

6. Tangyuan For Sale 卖汤圆

7. Jasmine Flower 茉莉花

8. Path in the Forest 林中的小路

9. Every Time 每一次

10. The Farm Path 乡间的小路

11. Small Town Stories 小城故事

12. Wedding Vow 婚誓

13. A Sprig of Plum Blossoms 一剪梅

14. I Have Nothing 一无所有

15. Longing 思念

16. Husband and Wife Return Home in Pairs 夫妻双双把家还

17. The Curved Moon 弯弯的月亮

18. Stride a While 潇洒走一回

19. Blood-stained Valor 血染的风采

20. Descendants of the Dragon 龙的传人

DIALOGUE I: Talking About Singing 谈歌唱
DIALOGUE II: At a Concert 在音乐会上
DIALOGUE III: Talking About American Music 谈美国音乐
Glossary of Musical Terms and Symbols
Vocabulary Index

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