By Ling-Ling Shih, Copyright © 2009-2015
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What is “Learn Chinese thru the Bible (用圣经学中文 )” about?
Why am I writing this blog?
This blog offers you free multi-media materials for Chinese language learning. It is useful for anyone who is seeking an alternative approach and content to acquiring Mandarin Chinese language. You will learn bible verses and gospel songs in both English and Chinese. I also share with you my personal reflection on verses and life, but don’t worry–I will write my reflection in English, so you will be able to understand.
My mission is to share God’s word and to help you find guidance, wisdom, and strength in his words.
I have taught the Chinese language in college for at least a decade. The materials used in college are useful; however, I thought to myself, why don’t I create teaching materials that are not only useful but also spiritually enriching? The Bible provides meaningful learning materials for language learning. I enjoy Bible reading and it is personally rewarding to share Bible verses with you while helping you learn Chinese. Developing this website has been a rewarding experience for me. It has helped me to be more resourceful and improve my bilingual skills. I also hope this endeavor will help us to meditate more on God’s words and find their applications to our daily lives. I hope you will also find this Chinese Learning blog useful for language learning and spiritual reward.
Do you need some Chinese language background for reading this blog?
I wrote this blog particularly for adult and young adult learners who seek meaningful spiritual content for advancing their Chinese language skills. It would be great if you have a rudimentary knowledge of the Chinese language or have taken at least one semester of Chinese in high school or college. However, I try to include all the vocabulary (including the most basic) in each lesson, so those who don’t have any background in the Chinese language may also benefit from this blog. Each vocabulary list contains all the words in the Bible verse. My blog can benefit learners at various levels. More advanced learners will be challenged by the extra internet resources provided in each lesson, while the beginner’s needs are taken into consideration when I prepare for each lesson.
So, the answer is “no.” You do not need to have any Chinese language background to use this blog. Each learner can gauge their own ability, learn at their own pace, and take away what they can absorb from my website.
What will you find in this blog?
From Oct. 6, 2013, each post will contain a ppt language lesson on a short verse from the bible as well as Youtube video(s) related to the song. Sometimes I will add my own reflection on the verse. I will use the following versions in my teaching.
- English Version (NIV)
- Traditional Chinese (Union version 和合本）or more modern Chinese versions
- Simplified Chinese
- Pinyin parallel transcript
This website will offer you god-centered resources for Chinese learning. In these lessons you won’t learn about how to order Chinese food in the restaurant, how to book a hotel, how to ask about what people like to do on weekends, how to talk about the weather, etc. You will, instead, have a unique language learning experience that is also soul inspiring. We will learn about Jesus, his life and his teachings, as we carefully and diligently study bible verses in Chinese.
“All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (Timothy 3: 16). If I may, I would say that it is also good for language teaching, and I don’t think God would oppose to the idea.
Psalm 1: 2-3 also says, blessed is the one whose “delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.”
God has revealed simple yet profound truth to all of us through different versions of translation, in a living language understandable by people of all nations, ages and different social backgrounds. Therefore, the language we will learn through bible verses are applicable to daily living!!
Believe it or not (Yes, it takes a leap of faith to believe it), you can learn to speak Chinese and be inspired/transformed by God’s wisdom at the same time!!
Please don’t hesitate to give me comments and suggestions. I would love to hear from you!
Ling-Ling Shih 施玲玲Creator, Learn Chinese thru the Bible at www.LearnChinesethruBible.org Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.A.
Updated on Oct. 6, 2013
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By Ling-Ling Shih, Copyright © 2009-2013