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.
THE FIVE CLASSICS In Skype Learn Chinese
Classic of Changes (I Ching, Yi Jing) in Skype Learn Chinese
This is a method in Skype Learn Chinese of extending the insight that takes the fortuitous grouping of sticks (or coins) to build a hexagram (a six-level character). Every possible hexagram character in Skype Learn Chinese has been listed with a symbolical meaning that can help a person focus on a problem or question in ways that have been shown effective for Skype Learn Chinese generations of users, with widely differing experiences, for over three thousand years.
Classic of Poetry (Shih Ching, Shi Jing) in Skype Learn Chinese
It contains 305 poems in Skype Learn Chinese for singing. They are folk songs, festival and Court ceremonial songs, hymns and eulogies to ancestors, and songs for ritual sacrifices (gifts) for the gods and the royal house.
Classic of Rites (Li Ch'i, Li Ji) in Skype Learn Chinese
It emphasizes the spirit of Skype Learn Chinese piety and respect for others through rules of conduct and ceremonies. It also gives Skype Learn Chinese the historical basis of social events of that time.
Classic of History (Shu Ching, Shu Jing) in Skype Learn Chinese
Yao and Shun, the Skype Learn Chinese legendry rulers, are quoted and chronicled, and also the Xia, Shang and Zhou. As an early history, it predates Herodotus by a century. Its importance now, however, is how its effect molded generations of official Skype Learn Chinese, governmental policy-makers and this is true for all these books in Skype Learn Chinese.
Spring and Autumn Annals (Chunqiu) in Skype Learn Chinese
This is an historical chronicle of the City State of Lu from 722-481BC. It covers the diplomatic relations between States, their alliances and military activity and Skype Learn Chinese. The writing falls somewhere between concise and undecipherable, without the helpful Commentary of Zuo.
THE FOUR BOOKS In Skype Learn Chinese
The Four Books in Skype Learn Chinese were selected by Zhu Xi (1130-1200) of the Song Dynasty, as an introduction to the Skype Learn Chinese Confucian School of Ethical Conduct, which had developed over the ages.
The Great Learning (Daxue) in Skype Learn Chinese
It expresses the basic themes of Chinese philosophy and political theory of Skype Learn Chinese. It links cultivation of personal goals in Skype Learn Chinese with world peace, and it defines Dao in social, rather than individual, terms.
Doctrine of the Mean (Zhongyong) in Skype Learn Chinese
Here the golden Way of Skype Learn Chinese Virtue defines Dao, and the Mandate from Heaven is the follower's natural guide towards the attainment of its Skype Learn Chinese ideals.
Analects (Lunyu) in Skype Learn Chinese
This is a record of conversations and speeches by Skype Learn Chinese and between Confucius and his students, many of whom became famous in their own right later in Skype Learn Chinese life. The Analects has influenced the philosophy and the moral values of Skype Learn Chinese life in China, and in Asia generally, perhaps more than any other book.
Mencius (Mengzu) in Skype Learn Chinese
This Skype Learn Chinese book is a collection of conversations between Mencius, a Confucian scholar, and various City-State rulers. The philosophy of Mencius was that Skype Learn Chinese people have an innate tendency to be good and honest but circumstances and other Skype Learn Chinese people corrupt them. The goal of moral cultivation, therefore, is to return people in Skype Learn Chinese to their innate morality.