Learn Chinese through Songs and Rhymes

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“Learn Chinese through Songs and Rhymes” is a book written for English-speaking people who are learning Mandarin Chinese. This book demonstrates the usage of Chinese expressions through 40 simple songs and rhymes as well as a number of conversations and stories. Most of the songs and rhymes are familiar Western and Chinese traditional songs, such as “O Susanna” and “Traveler on Camel’s Back” (a Xinjiang folk song). This means that the readers can concentrate on learning the language rather than new music. Also, when they travel to China or Taiwan, they could teach the western songs to their new acquaintances over there.

This book provides English annotations and pinyin for all the vocabulary, songs and sample sentences. It also feeds the grammar to the readers in a logical way. The students will be reading or singing along with the downloadable audio files while following the text on the page. They will repeat many phrases many times without getting bored because they will be mostly singing, not studying.

“Learn Chinese through Songs and Rhymes” can be an inviting introduction to anyone interested in learning some Chinese. It can also serve as a helpful supplemental instruction material for any high-school or college students who are learning Chinese. In addition, Chinese instructors could use it to add fun and interest to the class.

After purchasing this book, please use Google Chrome to download the free audio files for this book from the Internet (Microsoft One Drive). They cover all the Chinese text in the book. Because the tonal information is lost in songs, a reading of all the lyrics is also provided. Therefore you don’t need to love singing to benefit from this book.

To see an animated book trailer, please click here.

At this link is a short video on the five tones used in Mandarin Chinese.

What my readers say about “Learn Chinese through Songs and Rhymes”:

“You can truly feel the soul of the author pour from the pages as she teaches you through music and art.” – Albert Robbins III

“One of the Best Books for Learning Chinese on the Market” – Michael West

“Awesome! I was soo excited about getting the book, I missed the page and dove right into the lessons. I’m very excited about learning the songs and rhymes : D Thanks so Much!!!” – Brent Cochran

“Really good book. I am intermediate Chinese student but I think this one of those few books that really gives you the foundation for you to progress afterwards.” – Javi

You could purchase this book via amazon.com and other online retailers. Or, you could ask your local bookstore to order this book for you.

Amazon.com provides a “Look Inside” feature that lets you see the table of contents, list of songs and rhymes, the index as well as the first few pages of the book. Here is the link to this book at amazon.com

Click on this link to purchase the book from East Wind Books of Berkeley – asiabookcenter.com .

Click on this link to Blue Heron Arts to purchase this book and supplies for Chinese brush painting and calligraphy.

Click on Barnes and Nobles to get to the listing at barnesandnoble.com.

Canadian readers please click on amazon.ca to get to the listing for this book.

This book is available in UK via amazon.co.uk.

Elsewhere in the world, please visit The Book Depository.

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27 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Brent Cochran
    Mar 13, 2013 @ 17:46:53

    Hi I was wondering where a link would be to get the free audio files for the book? I was looking online and didn’t know if I should try and find them on you tube or if there was a place I could get all the mp3s in one go of it. Thanks So Much!

    Reply

    • likeabridge
      Mar 14, 2013 @ 02:37:49

      Hi Brent,

      Thanks for reading my book. On Page 4 of the current revision is a note pointing to the location of the link to the audio files. The link is shown near the end of the book, right before the listing of the songs and rhymes. (Should you be looking at a copy from the initial printing of the book, the link is on the back of the title page.) You can download all the mp3s in one go of it.

      Reply

  2. Brent Cochran
    Mar 15, 2013 @ 13:40:10

    Awesome! I was soo excited about getting the book, I missed the page and dove right into the lessons. I’m very excited about learning the songs and rhymes : D Thanks so Much!!!

    Reply

  3. Anthony Bogadek
    Mar 20, 2013 @ 04:17:39

    Hi dear Ms Lin,
    The text of your new lesson (Mar 20) is not available online. The main page is blank.
    Anthony B.

    Reply

  4. Tang Na
    Jun 01, 2013 @ 08:39:19

    I’m sorry to inform you that at least in my books link does not work. Can’t find songs and my son is attending to Chinese summer camp starting next Monday….urgently looking for the songs. I would appreciate any help with this matter.

    Reply

    • likeabridge
      Jun 01, 2013 @ 17:04:57

      There are two releases of the book. In the first release, the link
      is on the back side of the title page. In the second release, it is
      on page 376, immediately before the List of Songs. Either one should work.

      Please enter the characters exactly as shown (with lower-case or capital letters).

      Hope this helps.
      ——————————————————-

      P.S. This reader reported later that “the link works now”.
      When she tried to access the page earlier, she saw a message stating that the content no longer exists.
      I sometimes encounter a similar problem when trying to access my mail account. The solution, I guess, is to try again at a later time.

      Reply

  5. Javi
    Jul 10, 2013 @ 09:26:07

    Really good book. I am intermidiate Chinese student but I think this one of those few books that really gives you the foundation for you to progress afterwards.

    Reply

  6. Mike
    Oct 15, 2013 @ 03:56:57

    This is an interesting idea! Are they mostly folk-type songs? Thanks for the suggestion.

    Reply

    • likeabridge
      Oct 15, 2013 @ 13:44:26

      Yes, except for a few Chinese songs, they are mostly traditional and folk songs that English-speaking people are already familiar with.

      If you click on the book cover image at amazon.com, you will be able to see the table of contents, the first few pages of the book as well as the list of songs and the index.

      Reply

  7. abell
    Oct 31, 2013 @ 12:53:51

    ok, I partly succeeded. do I need to register to Skydrive”? Is there another way to get these files?

    Reply

    • likeabridge
      Oct 31, 2013 @ 18:40:47

      Hi abell,

      You should be able to download the audio files after getting to Skydrive by using the link.
      I’ve just used WinZip to zip up all the files as “LCTSR Audio Files.zip” and uploaded it. Instead of downloading each individual file, you could download this large .zip file to your computer then unzip it.

      Reply

  8. abell
    Nov 02, 2013 @ 11:34:16

    great! I am anxious to start.

    Reply

  9. Michael Hancock
    Feb 26, 2014 @ 15:22:21

    Hello.
    I have just purchased your book. The link to the sound files is not available. Please would you check.
    Thank you.
    Michael.

    Reply

    • likeabridge
      Feb 27, 2014 @ 01:49:12

      Hi Michael,

      Thanks for purchasing “Learn Chinese through Songs and Rhymes”. Thank you also for alerting me about this issue. I found out that, because Microsoft has just changed their SkyDrive to OneDrive, the original URL for the audio files no longer works. Please use the new link that I sent to you via email.

      I have added the new link to my book and submitted the updated book file for publishing. It will take some time for the book to be available at amazon.com again.

      Reply

  10. Jennifer T.
    Sep 19, 2014 @ 14:49:09

    Hi Ms. Lin,
    I just purchased your book from Barnes & Noble and tried to download the audio files using the link in the book but it said the service was unavailable. Now I see here in the comments that the URL has changed. Are you able to send me the updated link? I am looking forward to listening to the songs and rhymes with my children.
    Thank you,
    Jennifer

    Reply

  11. Damon
    Nov 13, 2014 @ 11:43:34

    Hello, I bought your book on amazon. Great book.. but like the recent post above.. the link to the songs on page 376 did not work.. can you send me the new link…

    Thanks in advance

    Damon

    Reply

  12. Ivan Darvey
    Jul 19, 2016 @ 00:18:18

    I have the same problem as others on your blog. I purchased your book but are unable to use the web address for viewing the audio files.

    Reply

    • likeabridge
      Jul 19, 2016 @ 02:46:49

      Hi Iven,

      Thanks for purchasing my book. The copy you purchased is probably an older release. The later release has the correct link in it.
      I have also included the link on the “Learn Chinese through Songs and Rhymes” page at this blog. Please click on that title and look for this paragraph:
      “After purchasing this book, please download the free audio files for this book from the

        Internet

      . They cover all the Chinese text in the book. Because the tonal information is lost in songs, a reading of all the lyrics is also provided. Therefore you don’t need to love singing to benefit from this book.” Please click on the “Internet” link to access the audio files.

      Have fun learning Chinese!

      Reply

  13. M. Kan
    Sep 05, 2016 @ 12:10:57

    I bought your book from Amazon. I am unable to download the music files from Skydrive, as shown on page 376.

    HTTP – 404 Page Not Found
    Sorry, the page cannot be displayed.
    The destination page for the TinyURL you visited appears to have been removed, had its name changed, or is temporarily unavailable. The destination URL that seemed to produce a 404 Page Not Found error is: http://cid-12eb4578642a6479.office.live.com/browse.aspx/LCTSR Lessons

    Would you kindly email me the new URL to download these songs.

    Many thanks!

    Reply

    • likeabridge
      Sep 05, 2016 @ 12:42:45

      Hi,

      Thanks for purchasing “Learn Chinese through Songs and Rhymes”.

      I just tried that link and it worked.

      Please use Google Chrome browser and try this full URL. It should take you to the Microsoft One Drive page where the audio files are stored. If not, please let me know. Thanks.

      Reply

  14. M. Kan
    Sep 05, 2016 @ 12:58:42

    You are right. I am able to download the zip file with all songs. The download process took some time to start. Once it began, it took my computer about 20 minutes to download this 281 MB zip file with all the songs. Thank you very much for responding very quickly, and for writing this book for anyone who wants to learn Chinese.

    Reply

    • likeabridge
      Sep 05, 2016 @ 14:07:49

      Thank you very much for confirming that the link is working now. I have changed the link on the “Learn Chinese through Songs and Rhymes” page to the full URL. 🙂

      Reply

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