(109) Learn to Speak Mandarin with 1,000 Words Learn to Speak Mandarin with 1,000 Words is an online Chinese language learning material provided by the Global Chinese Language and Culture Center at the OCAC. Contents include a lesson text annotated with Chinese phonemic alphabets (Zhuyin) in ruby characters, the Taiwan Tongyong Romanization and the Hanyu Pinyin (scheme of the Standard Mandarin phonetic alphabet) system, with the goal to teach learners how to compose functional conversations with 1,000 basic yet crucial terms in daily Mandarin usage.
(110) The World of Chinese Culture (OCAC) The World of Chinese culture is an excellent introduction to the numerous topics related to Chinese culture, including literature, traditional musical instruments, adornment, festivals, folklore, folk art and craft, Chinese proverbs in classic allusions, ancient and modern history, fables, regional and festivity cuisine, rare plant and animals indigenous to Taiwan, and different kinds of Taiwanese opera.
(120) Chinese Festivals (OCAC) This is a thorough and systematic introduction to the major festivals observed by the Chinese population. Chapters are as follows: General introduction, origins and activities, Lantern Festival, Mourning (Tomb Sweeping) Day, Dragon Boat Festival, Qi Xi (Lover Festival), Ghost Festival, Mid-Autumn Festival, Chung-Yang (Double Ninth) Festival, Winter Solstice, and an introduction to the 24 Solar Terms in East Asian lunisolar calendars.
(124) Speak Mandarin in Five Hundred Words (OCAC) This is an online Mandarin lesson book with Tongyong and Hanyu Pinyin reference designed for English-speaking elementary users who wish to learn Mandarin. It is divided into the following sections: Main text for reading, vocabulary words and phrases, lesson review, extended practice, and a .pdf document for downloading.
(107) Mandarin Lessons for Children – Riddle Solving This is a section in the OCAC Series in Mandarin Lessons for Children, featuring Chinese-English pedagogical drills in the form of riddle solving, especially designed for schoolchildren. Riddle solving in Chinese culture has a very long history and is a crucial element in recreational living as well as in sharpening mental faculty for all ages. Main text is annotated with Chinese phonemic alphabets (Zhuyin) in ruby characters, and provided with the Hanyu Pinyin and Taiwan Tongyong Romanization systems.
(105) Mandarin Lessons for Children – Nursery Rhymes This is a section in the OCAC Series in Mandarin Lessons for Children, featuring Chinese-English pedagogical drills in the form of nursery rhymes familiar to schoolchildren in Taiwan. Main text is annotated with Chinese phonemic alphabets (Zhuyin) in ruby characters, and provided with the Taiwan Tongyong Romanization and the Hanyu Pinyin (scheme of the Standard Mandarin phonetic alphabet) system. Sound files of main text are also provided.
(106) Mandarin Lessons for Children – Proverbs This is a section in the OCAC Series in Mandarin Lessons for Children, featuring Chinese-English pedagogical drills in the form of proverbs familiar to the Taiwanese population. Main text is annotated with Chinese phonemic alphabets (Zhuyin) in ruby characters, and is also provided with the Taiwan Tongyong Romanization and Hanyu Pinyin. Sound files of main text are also available.
(114) Exercises in Hakka (OCAC) Exercises in Hakka is a comprehensive introduction to the history, culture and language of the Hakka people in Taiwan. It contains a concise account of the Hakka migratory history from mainland China to Taiwan, and introductory linguistics of the Hakka language. The exercise section is provided with the Taiwan Language Phonetic Alphabet (TLPA) for reference to standard pronunciation, and contains multimedia sound files in two major dialects. There is also a section dedicated to the religious faith, folk art and craft, and cuisine of the Taiwanese Hakka people. In addition, there are hyperlinks to other Hakka resources on the Internet.
(119) Music Appreciation: Listen to the Voice of Taiwan (OCAC) This is a wonderful multimedia webpage dedicated to the appreciation of the indigenous music of Taiwan. It is divided into several sections: (1) Musical Map, in which the folksongs of Taiwan are classified according to their geographical origins on the island; (2) People, in which the music from different tribes, integration with Western music, and popular songs familiar across generations are introduced; (3) Instruments, a brief introduction of the types of native musical instruments; and (4) e-Concerts, a collection of 25 Taiwanese songs in different languages and variants, including aboriginal languages, Hakka, Taiwanese and Mandarin.
(123) Chinese Conversation – Intermediate to Advanced Levels (OCAC) This is an online portal offering 20 lessons of Mandarin conversation exercises for intermediate to advanced students wishing to learn Chinese. Content of main texts derive from situations and usage in common daily activities. All lessons are provided with English translations, a vocabulary and expressions list, substitution exercises, multimedia sound files, a final review, and an index of stroke orders of traditional Chinese characters.
(116) Introduction to the Culture of Kinmen (OCAC) Introduction to the Culture of Kinmen is an online multimedia introduction to the cultural assets of Kinmen (Quemoy), a small archipelago off the coast of Xiamen (Amoy), Fujian Province, administered by the Republic of China. Contents include: Historical Background, Beauty of Architecture, Maintenance and Protection of Cultural Assets, Folk Arts, Road Map, and a reference section on the use of the Taiwan Tongyong Romanization system.
(117) Introduction to the Nine Aboriginal Tribes (OCAC) Introduction to the Nine Aboriginal Tribes is an online introduction to the nine major aboriginal tribes indigenous to Taiwan, namely Ami, Puyuma, Paiwan, Atayal, Rukai, Bunun, Tsou, Saisiyat, and Yami. Contents include the origins and ancestors, geographical distribution on the island by tribe, a sketch of modern aboriginal life, rituals, costumes, handicrafts, and other online resources on Taiwanese aboriginal culture.
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