Does LingQ have a lesson based on Laozi’s Tao (道德經)? I can’t seem to find it in the library. Otherwise, does anyone know of a public domain recording? I found the text here: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/7337/7337-0.txt
Best to get close to the original text, and be aware of any translations/text embellishment. A lot of the English versions were done by Christian missionaries introducing their own agenda, as an example. Also, it wasn’t written in simplified or so-called “traditional” Chinese text either, so the embellished gutenberg text needs to be viewed in this light, as well. Any audio recording would be just be one possible take on the matter.
Different text interpretations with comparison - Dao De Jing - Comparisons of Chinese versions Also see hermetica.info , for the best western take on the text I have seen.
Worth noting that Chinese philosophy and literature is very rich - often, the very small parts that the world focuses on, loses sight of a broader wealth of culture and knowledge.
A key issue is how do we integrate worthwhile knowledge in an evolving world that includes; a short attention span, oversized western influences, google translate, selective quotes, mis-interpretations, and people fluent in languages other than the original text. Quick agenda driven sound bites win out over a wise discussion.
“Chinese philosophy and literature is very rich.”
Can you give us some examples or point us to a general site on the web?
In addition to Laozi - you have Confucius, Mencius, Mozi, Zhuangzi (Steve actually starts his book with Zhuangzi), Xunzi, Han Feizi, and many, many more etc. More recently, Lu Xun etc. Most are translated with bias. Asking for one website is like asking for one website on Western philosophy. How would you cover from Plato, Aristotle to Descartes to Singer? And even then you might miss out on Marcus Aurelius, Seneca etc. And all you end up with, anyway, is just superficial takeaways. Same thing with other culture’s history. If you can’t make a 5 min youtube clip, or a brief wiki page, of it - then did it really ever exist?
Thank you. In a world of darkness, even a spark can light the way.
Not sure this helps.
Here is an English translation of 道德經 called ‘The Living Dao: The Art and Way of Living A Rich & Truthful Life’. It is translated by Lok Sang Ho of Lingnan University (Hong Kong). It is available online http://www.ln.edu.hk/econ/staff/daodejing(22%20August%202002).pdf
Here is a nice cartoon on youtube that talks about Dao de jing. It has traditional Chinese subtitles. 老子道德经 动画版 1 - YouTube
http://so.360kan.com/ 这里还有一样资源， 谢谢
Shuuucat, the link you give does not work. Probably it is too long for LingQ to process.
I found the translation here:
thank you! 谢谢
英文相对来说还是比较容易学的… 你按照那个课程 边听 边点你不认识的单词就行了… 文章看多了… 你不认识的词就熟悉了… 这是 听和读. 写的话 阅读量多了也就会了很多描述手法和句型了… 不要太在意语法… 语法可以慢慢培养