Easy to Read Chinese Short Stories, Book 1

This is a wonderful collection of 17 very short stories and poems written in Simplified Chinese using a total of just 320 different Chinese characters. Early in 2021, Chinese learners worldwide were invited to participate in the first Chinese Writing Contest organized by MSL Master. Entries were limited to using 320 unique Chinese characters.  Out of 82 submissions, 17 of them were ranked the highest in a public vote on Twitter. These top-ranked works are…

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The Ball of Fire

A boy is stranded alone on a ship in a storm and receives help from a mysterious magical dwarf. Uses just 358 different Chinese words. Priced at $0.99, but you can download it for free from this website, see “Get a Free eBook” in main menu. Available in eBook only. Believe it or not, it’s possible for you to read and understand this story even if you start off not knowing a single word of…

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The False Buddha (假佛)

The Buddhist monk Tangseng sees a sign, “Small Thunderclap Monastery,” and foolishly thinks they have reached their goal. His disciple Sun Wukong sees through the illusion, but the false Buddha in the monastery traps him between two gold cymbals and plans to kill his companions. The ensuing struggle involves a golden dragon, a turtle, a snake, twenty eight constellations, and a mysterious being from the highest heaven. Escaping that, the travelers find their path blocked…

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Hedgepig and Little Bird (小树猪和小鸟)

Two curious creatures set off on a perilous journey to reunite a little bird with his mother. Along the way, the two new friends cross paths with animals of many shapes and sizes. Some of these animals are helpful. Others are hungry! This wonderful little story for beginning Chinese students is written with a vocabulary of just 260 Chinese words. Each page of Simplified Chinese also includes pinyin (phonetic spelling) and English. A complete glossary…

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