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Snow White with Attitude
Illustrated version - click on phrases at Snow White with Attitude audio book with pictures
Snow White with Attitude is based on the traditional story from the Middle-Ages, but it has been brought up to date - sort of. The vocabulary of this version builds upon the vocabulary from the other. more traditional, version found on Ting - Chinese English Study Center Games and Stories page. Translation is not word for word, but what would be said in each language by context. Even the title is slightly different. 新转 (xīnzhuǎn) means new version or new twist. 转 (zhuǎn) means to revolve, to turn, to circle about, to shift. It is used in combination to create words having to do with reform, reincarnation, reactivation, and other similar concepts. 白雪公主新转 conveys the same idea as does Snow White with Attitude - this is not the traditional approach to the story.
The version on this page will allow you to listen continuously, without the aid of the print form.To get around, use the apples to get to sections, the center contols to pause and play at any point, and the home and dictionary buttons on the right to go elsewhere. To listen to the story, just click on the flashing arrow on the center bar. Listening with the words in front of you is the first step, but then you want to free yourself from the written word. When children listen to a story, they do so repeatedly. That's how they get so good at language. The ideal is to get the point where you stop translating and understand the words directly.
At another level, listen to the 'song' of the story. What words are slurred, what words are drawn out, and what words are said loudly. Notice the similarities and diffeences among the different readers.
We would love to hear from you. Many people worked on this project over four years. We tried to include lots of things to make learning Chinese or English a little faster and with a bit of fun. So let us know how you use it. Is it part of a class, or are you an independent learner? Do you use the Snow White dictionary, or just learn the words through context? Do you listen and then say the sentences and phrases? What techniques work best for you? You can use the guest book to contact us or go to the credits page for an e-mail address.
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Last update: July 2011
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