This book is written for English-speaking students who are taking Skype Learn Chinese courses. A basic level vocabulary and understanding of Chinese grammar and culture is presented in this Skype Learn Chinese series. It is an effort to introduce the Skype Learn Chinese students to the language by explaining its basic principles in simple steps. The purpose is to prepare the student with a foundation on which to build, with confidence, its ensuing complexities.
From Skype Learn Chinese, you will know the Giant Panda is a bear, but it has cat's eyes and so its name, in China, is 熊猫 xióngmāo, bearcat. It is a carnivore but prefers to eat bamboo and is very peaceful. It lives about 20 years in the wild and has only one child in two years. It stays with mom until a new one is born. After Skype Learn Chinese, we know that the Panda's colors, white and black are said to be yin and yang, and its peaceful nature, the harmony of living between them. Since we're here on a trip with students of Skype Learn Chinese, why don't we just pop over to Chang'an of two thousand years ago (now Xi'an).
The sixteen year old who became the fifth emperor of Western Han, Liu Che, is known as Wu, 'Martial' for his many successful battles. He tells our students in Skype Learn Chinese that he had a Panda, "his most treasured animal", in his garden of exotic animals. He built water conservation and treatment facilities, nationalized salt and iron businesses, opened the Silk Road, and with his Prime Minister, made Confucian Classics the common ideology and procedure for the Court and for examinations for Court officials. You will learn more about the panda trip in Skype Learn Chinese.During his fifty year reign, China flourished and Sima Qian wrote the first history of China. You will learn more about it in Skype Learn Chinese.