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Beginner

Umbrella Flowers

A short, sweet children’s essay about how umbrellas look on a rainy day. The Chinese title is 小伞花.

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Beginner

Essay: My Toy Bears

A quick child’s essay about two toy bears – a present from mom.

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Beginner

Essay: Watermelon

A young child’s thoughts and description of watermelon, their favorite fruit.

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Beginner

Essay: Setting Off Fireworks

A short first-person essay about a kid lighting firecrackers with his parents. I went back and forth on whether to classify this as “beginner” or “intermediate”. It’s easier than most of my intermediate stuff, but it’s got a tighter density of higher-level words than my beginner stuff. But it’s only a few sentences long. I […]

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Beginner

Essay: I Did Something for Mom

A sweet essay about a young child doing something nice for her mother.

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Intermediate

How to Make Friends

Just in case you were wondering, below is a short intermediate essay on How to Make Friends.

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Beginner

Mr. Wang Works at the University

A very short, very easy, Chinese passage about a fictional teacher at Beijing University, suitable for newer readers. You’ll learn a couple of interesting Chinese abbreviations for some of the biggest and most famous universities in Beijing, and a few school-centric words. Not a whole lot of compelling narrative here, and not much of a [...]
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Beginner

Feeling Sick

A passage from a BLCU textbook in which a university student laments about catching a cold.

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Beginner

Jiang Ping Going to Study Abroad

This short essay, taken from the Beijing Language and Culture University beginner comprehension textbook, is written from the perspective of a friend visiting Jiang Ping (江苹) before she leaves the country.