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kealist
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 Message 65 of 245
09 November 2007 at 4:21pm | IP Logged 
I am looking for some audiobooks of western literature translated into Mandarin. I've been looking for anything online, but haven't had any luck. I am really interested to try the reading-learning method with Mandarin, just to see how it works especially with the characters/writing system.

Would I be best starting off with a book of the bible? that's the only thing I've seen that it would be possible with that would be somewhat interesting to me.

Edited by kealist on 09 November 2007 at 4:33pm



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 Message 66 of 245
09 November 2007 at 5:00pm | IP Logged 
kealist wrote:
I am looking for some audiobooks of western literature translated into Mandarin. I've been looking for anything online, but haven't had any luck. I am really interested to try the reading-learning method with Mandarin, just to see how it works especially with the characters/writing system.

Would I be best starting off with a book of the bible? that's the only thing I've seen that it would be possible with that would be somewhat interesting to me.


Listening-Reading should work reasonably well with characters - Siomettekiru, who posted about it, uses it for Japanese. There are Chinese audiobooks (有聲書) of western literature, such as 納尼亞傳奇 有聲書 7 册 (C.S.Lewis - The Chronicles of Narnia). Sites such as eslitebooks seem to sell it (this isn't an endorsement - I've never bought anything from them), and it can also be found online easily, though probably not legitimately, so I won't link to that. I can't imagine that there are no other books in Western Literature at least as readily available - there may even be some legal and free ones.   The above is just the result of less than 5 minutes of searching by someone (me) who speaks absolutely no Chinese.

If you want to start with the bible, that's your choice; it may well be the easiest legal free audiobook for you to acquire. Try to make sure that the audio and text are for the same edition, and relatively contemporary.



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 Message 67 of 245
10 November 2007 at 1:53pm | IP Logged 
Volte wrote:
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Thanks for the suggestion, I had been looking for specific books, but still wasn't having luck.   I think I am uncovering somethings after looking for a few hours, but I thought it might be helpful for some folks to have a list of Chinese names for some western books.   Some of these may be incorrect, as I am doing my best to figure out without knowing much Mandarin. Hope it is helpful to someone.   

Authors:
电影作品列表: Jules Verne

环游地球80天/80日环游世界/环游地球八十天: Around the World in 80 Days
納尼亞傳奇 有聲書 7 册: Chronicles of Narnia
爱丽丝漫游奇境记: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
哈利·波特与魔法石: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
哈利·波特与火焰杯: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
哈利·波特与苁: Harry   Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
哈利·波特与阿兹卡班的囚徒: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
哈利·波特与凤凰社: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
哈利·波特与“混血王子”: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
安娜·卡列尼娜: Anna Karenina
战争与和平: War and Peace
卡玛佐夫兄弟/手足情仇: The Brothers Karamazov

WoYouXian (Simplified) has some texts of books both foreign and Chinese (not audio). If you click on the Foreign (外國)section, you should see some. Yes, this may not be audiobooks (as per the topic of the thread, but it's still useful with audiobooks as long as the same translation is used.

Examples:

Crime and punishment: English Text Chinese text
Great Expectations/大前程: English Text Chinese Text
War and Peace/战争与和平: English text Chinese text
1984: English text Chinese text
Don Quixote: English Text Chinese text
Jane Eyre: English text Chinese text
Les Miserables: English text Chinese Text

kuwang.com (Simplified) Has foreign books.

Edited by kealist on 10 November 2007 at 3:17pm



Volte
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 Message 68 of 245
10 November 2007 at 2:08pm | IP Logged 
Kealist: for major books like the ones you listed, the fastest way to find the official title in another language is to look on wikipedia, find the English page on the book, then select the page in your target language in the links at the left.



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 Message 69 of 245
11 November 2007 at 11:39am | IP Logged 
Serpent wrote:
Seitsemän veljestä (Seven brothers) by Aleksis Kivi (Finnish, real audio)
This can be added to single novels list in the first post. The text is available here.



Volte
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 Message 70 of 245
11 November 2007 at 2:37pm | IP Logged 
Serpent wrote:
Serpent wrote:
Seitsemän veljestä (Seven brothers) by Aleksis Kivi (Finnish, real audio)
This can be added to single novels list in the first post. The text is available here.


Thanks! Added.



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 Message 71 of 245
13 November 2007 at 8:41pm | IP Logged 
Here's another one to add:

Danish audiobooks (fairy-tales, short stories and full-sized novels): http://lydbog.com/
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 Message 72 of 245
14 December 2007 at 1:12pm | IP Logged 
Hi,

Litterature Audio.com (FR) has now more than 139 free french audiobooks.


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