Chinese Notes
Chinese Notes

Corpus of Chinese Texts

This page list a corpus of Chinese text. Follow the link under each entry title to a page that collects together similar texts. Each text includes notes about the source and vocabulary. You can click on each Chinese word for the English definition and other informaiton about the word.

TitlePeriodGenreNotes
Classics
The Book of Songs 《詩經》 c. 1000 to 600 BCE Bilingual verse An early collection of Chinese poems, with English translation by James Legge
Book of Documents 《尚書》 Pre-Han Bilingual prose An early collection of proclamations and instructions attributed to the founders of the Zhou dynasty, with English translation by James Legge
The Commentary of Zuo on the Spring and Autumn Annals 《春秋左氏傳》 Pre-Han Prose A chronicle of the State of Lu from 722 to 481 BCE by 左丘明
The Analects of Confucius 《論語》 c. 479—221 BCE Bilingual prose Also known as Lunyu, with English translation by James Legge
The Book of Rites 《禮記》 c. 475 - 221 BCE Bilingual prose Also known as the Liji, a Warring States Confucian Text with English translation by James Legge
Zhuangzi 《莊子》 Warring States Bilingual prose A foundational Taoist text with English translation by James Legge
Histories
Records of the Grand Historian 《史記》 109-91 BCE Prose The first of the official Chinese histories by Sima Qian with a partial English translation.
Etymology
Er Ya 《爾雅》 Qin - Western Han Prose Earliest Chinese Dictionary
Shuo Wen Jie Zi 《說文解字》 100-121 Prose An early Chinese Dictionary by Xu Shen
Post Han Literary Chinese
Commentaries on the Four Books《四書章句集注》 1150-1200 Prose By Neo-Confucian philosopher Zhu Xi 朱熹 (1130—1200)
The Classic of Tea 《茶經》 760-780 Prose The first monograph ever on tea and its culture, written by Lu Yu 陆羽
Language Learning
Literary Chinese Prose Pre-Han to Tang Bilingual prose A small selection of historic texts from well known writers with English translations
Tang Poetry 618—907 Poetry A small collection of poems by well known authors
Modern
Lao She 老舍 Modern Prose A very small number of phrases from the writings of Lao She (1899-1966)
Ye Shengtao 叶圣陶 Modern Prose A very small number of phrases from the writings of Ye Shengtao (1894-1988)
Media articles Modern Prose Mass media articles in modern Chinese

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