Titel: Rainbow Bridge Graded Chinese Reader: Nüwa, the Goddess of Mankind (Level 1: 300 vocabulary words) - 彩虹桥汉语分级读物 女娲的故事 （一级，300词）
Author / Editor: 韩颖 (作者)
ISBN: 978-7-5138-0991-7, 9787513809917
Series: 彩虹桥汉语分级读物 Rainbow Bridge Graded Chinese Reader
Language: bilingual Chinese-English
Date of Publication: 2016
Number of pages: 40
Dimensions: 21 x 14.5 cm
In ancient Chinese mythology, Nüwa was the goddess who created the universe. She was half woman and half snake. Legend claimed that she created human by kneading clay into her image. One day, heaven collapsed, the earth cracked and a flood occurred. A Black Dragon Demon devoured humans as they appeared and they were confronted with an unprecedented catastrophe. How would Nüwa help the humans? Would she defeat the Black Dragon Demon? Please read The Story of Nüwa to find out.
For students who study Chinese as a foreign language, it’s crucial for them to enlarge the scope of their reading to improve their comprehension skills. The Rainbow Bridge Graded Chinese Reader series is designed to provide a collection of interesting and useful Chinese reading materials. This series grades each volume by its vocabulary level and brings the learners into every scene through vivid storytelling. The series has the following features:
1. A gradual approach by grading the volumes based on vocabulary levels. We have consulted the New HSK Vocabulary (2012 Revised Edition), the Graded Chinese Syllables, Characters and Words for the Application of Teaching Chinese Syllables of Other Languages (National Standard) and the 1500 Commonly Used High Frequency Chinese Vocabulary, along with the European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) to design the Rainbow Bridge vocabulary grading standard. This series is divided into seven levels (Starter, Level 1 to Level 6) for students at different stages in their Chinese education to choose from. For each level, new words are no more than 20% of the vocabulary amount as specified in the corresponding HSK and CEFR levels. As the levels progress, the passage length will in turn increase. The following table indicates the corresponding Rainbow Bridge level, HSK and CEFR levels, the vocabulary amount, and number of characters.
Starter: HSK 1, CEFR A1 / Vocabulary: 150 / Characters: 1000
Level 1: HSK 1-2, CEFR A1-A2 / Vocabulary: 300 / Characters: 2500
Level 2: HSK 2-3, CEFR A2-B1 / Vocabulary: 500 / Characters: 5000
Level 3: HSK 3, CEFR A2-B1 / Vocabulary: 750 / Characters: 7500
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
2. Intriguing stories on various themes. This series features engaging stories known for their twists and turns as well as deeply touching plots. The readers will find it a joyful experience to read the stories. The topics are selected from Chinese mythology, legends, folklore, literary classics, biographies of renowned people and historical tales. Such widely ranged topics would exert an invisible, yet formative, influence on readers’ understanding of Chinese culture and history.
3. Reasonably structured and easy to use. For each volume of the Rainbow Bridge series, apart from a Chinese story, we also provide an introduction to the main characters in Chinese and English, new words with English explanations and sample sentences, and an English translation of the story, followed by comprehension exercises and a vocabulary list to help users read and understand the story and improve their Chinese reading skills. The exercises are mainly presented as objective questions that take on various forms with moderate difficulty. Moreover, keys to the exercises are also provided. The series can be used by teachers in class or by students for self-study.
对于广大汉语学习者来说，要想快速提高汉语水平， 扩大阅读量是很有必要的。“彩虹桥”汉语分级读物为汉 语学习者提供了一系列有趣、有用的汉语阅读材料。本 系列读物按照词汇量进行分级，并通过精彩的故事叙述， 给读者带来了丰富有趣的阅读享受。本套读物主要有以 下特点： 一、分级精准，循序渐进。我们参考了新汉语水平考 试（HSK）词汇表（2012 年修订版）、《汉语国际教育用 音节汉字词汇等级划分（国家标准）》和《常用汉语 1500 高频词语表》等词汇分级标准，结合《欧洲语言教学与评 估框架性共同标准》（CEFR），设计了一套适合汉语学习 者的“彩虹桥”词汇分级标准。本系列读物分为 7 个级别 （入门级 * 、1 级、2 级、3 级、4 级、5 级、6 级），供不同 水平的汉语学习者选择，每个级别故事的生词数量不超过 本级别对应词汇量的 20%。随着级别的升高，故事的篇幅 逐渐加长。本系列读物与 HSK、CEFR 的对应级别，各级 词汇量以及每本书的字数详见下表。
级别 入门级 1 级 2 级 3 级 4 级 5 级 6 级 对应 级别 HSK1 CEFR A1 HSK1-2 CEFR A1-A2 HSK2-3 CEFR A2-B1 HSK3 CEFR A2-B1 HSK3-4 CEFR B1 HSK4 CEFR B1-B2 HSK5 CEFR B2-C1 词汇量 150 300 500 750 1 000 1 500 2 500 字数 1 000 2 500 5 000 7 500 10 000 15 000 25 000 二、故事精彩，题材多样。本套读物选材的标准就是 “精彩”，所选的故事要么曲折离奇，要么感人至深，对读 者构成奇妙的吸引力。选题广泛取材于中国的神话传说、 民间故事、文学名著、名人传记和历史故事等，让汉语学 习者在阅读中潜移默化地了解中国的文化和历史。 三、结构合理，实用性强。“彩虹桥”系列读物的每 一本书中，除了中文故事正文之外，都配有主要人物的中 英文介绍、生词英文注释及例句、故事正文的英文翻译、 练习题以及生词表，方便读者阅读和理解故事内容，提升 汉语阅读能力。练习题主要采用客观题，题型多样，难度 适中，并附有参考答案，既可供汉语教师在课堂上教学使 用，又可供汉语学习者进行自我水平检测。