About the Stories | 故事解说
Hi everybody! 大家好！
Welcome to 《Panda Cub Stories》 – my name is Linda. Before we get started, I want to share some basic information about this podcast with you. There’s a lot out there, so this is to help you decide if Panda Cub Stories is what you’re looking for。
欢迎来到《熊猫宝宝故事》- 我的名字是Linda. 在我们开始以前，我想先跟你说说这个播客到底是什么。世界里的故事成千上万，所以我希望这个介绍能帮你决定《熊猫宝宝故事》是否是你所寻找的。
What is this? ｜这是什么?
《Panda Cub Stories》 are stories told bilingually in Mandarin Chinese and English. Right now, Panda Cub Stories is retelling Journey to the West, considered one of the “Four Great Classical Novels” of Chinese Literature.
Who this is for ｜给谁的？
I mainly created 《Panda Cub Stories》for children currently learning Mandarin and/or English, in order to share an appreciation for Chinese culture while simultaneously helping to strengthen their language skills. Of course, Panda Cub Stories are also for older friends who are interested Chinese culture and language! I strongly believe that a good story is a good story – for children and adults alike！ That being said, the primary focus of Panda Cub Stories is to be a starting point for those learning Chinese and/or English. The stories here will be summarized adaptions – and not translations – of original Chinese texts. Lastly, as there may be very young listeners in the audience, I will also begin any episodes which contain “scary parts” with a
*note to the listener*
This way, parents or teachers listening with younger friends can decide whether or not it is appropriate for their children.
100 Characters Project (as of 2018)
The What and the Why: according to research, with a grasp of the 500 most common chinese characters, you can read 75% of modern chinese! For the first 100 (week) days of 2018, I’ll take us through the 100 most commonly used Chinese Characters – explaining etymology and providing examples along the way! After that, we’ll move on to the next 200, 300 characters etc. My goal is to here is to help us reach basic reading proficiency by the end of 2019... and become increasingly literate going forward! I started this project in response to some of the older listeners who were looking for a more systematic way of gaining characters. Also, I’m making it art-y because I can’t help it! Love this stuff:)
To keep up to date, check in on the Panda Instagram account (@pandacubstories).
About Me ｜ 我是谁
My name is Linda! I am a Chinese American who grew up in the bible belt of the south, and the Chinese tales of my childhood grounded me to my culture. I believe that good stories ignite a love for learning -- of language and culture. As an artist and educator, my vision is to create art and stories to educate and inspire the next generation of children to learn Chinese!
我的名字是易琳达: 我是美籍华人，在美国的“bible belt"(东南部)长大。小的时候，我最喜欢听中国著名的神话故事了！我相信这些故事帮助了我很多：让我没有丢失中文语言和文化。作为教育者和艺术家，我相信好故事能让孩子热爱上学习：学习语言和去学习另一个文化。我希望可以通过故事来帮助更多孩子学习和欣赏中国文化。
Lastly, a thank you! | 最后，谢谢！
首先，John Zhu和他所创造的 《Three Kingdoms Podcast》(www.3kingdomspodcast.com)播客给了我很多启发和帮助。如果你对用英文讲的《三国演义》感兴趣的话，我强烈推荐John的播客！
Firstly, I’ve gotten a lot of inspiration and help from John Zhu and the Three Kingdoms Podcast (www.3kingdomspodcast.com). I highly recommend you check it out, if you are interested in an English retelling of Romance of the Three Kingdoms!
Secondly, as I am still trying to improve my Chinese, I’ve received a lot of help from friends and family in reviewing and editing these scripts. They have helped enormously in making sure my Chinese usage is correct.
Lastly, thank YOU for listening!
I hope to see you back at Panda Cub Stories Podcast.