A Cultural Dictionary of the Chinese Language introduces the 500 most important cultural traits of the Chinese as reflected in language use, especially in Chinese idioms (chengyu), proverbs and colloquial expressions (suyu).
Communicative competence, the ultimate goal of language learning, consists of not only linguistic, but intercultural competence, which enables the language learner to speak with fluency and understanding. The Chinese language is richly imbued with cultural wisdoms and values underlying the appropriateness of idioms in the Chinese language.
The Dictionary provides Intermediate and B1-C1 level learners as well as scholars of the Chinese language with an essential reference book as well as a useful cultural reader.
Liwei Jiao is Lecturer of Chinese at Brown University, USA. Besides his rich experience of teaching Chinese at various levels at Renmin University of China, Durham University and University of Pennsylvania for 20 years, he publishes extensively in Chinese phraseology, language and culture, and Chinese phonetics. Among his many publications are 500 Common Chinese Idioms (co-authored, 2010), 500 Common Chinese Proverbs and Colloquial Expressions (co-authored, 2013), Crossing Cultural Boundaries (co-authored, 2009, 2015) and A Cultural Dictionary of the Chinese Language (forthcoming). He is a contributor to The Routledge Encyclopedia of the Chinese Language (edited by Sin-Wai Chan, 2016) and Encyclopedia of China (3rd edition, forthcoming).
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27 Nov. 2019
Taylor & Francis