Have you ever wanted to practice reading Chinese on your iPad, but couldn’t find anything at the right level? nciku might be able to help! We’ve made an iPad version of our bilingual Chinese translation of The Tale of Peter Rabbit, with built-in sound for both the Chinese and English versions.
The Tale of Peter Rabbit, by Beatrix Potter, has been enjoyed by readers across the world for more than a hundred years, and is one of the best selling books of all time. As it’s aimed at children the language is fairly simple, but if there’s anything you don’t understand, the language features built into our reader might be able to help you:
* Switch between the Chinese and English versions of each page by clicking the 中/英 button
* Tap a paragraph of Chinese text to see its pinyin
* Tap the speaker icon to listen to the current page, in English or Chinese
The pinyin was created using the pinyin generator we use for nciku’s Sentence Mode, while the Chinese audio uses the same text-to-speech system as our conversations and example sentences [update: the new version of the app has a real speech recording for the Chinese text, recorded by nciku staff]. The English audio is actually a real public-domain recording from LibriVox, created by Kara Shallenberg.
We hope you find this free bilingual ebook interesting and educational, and if you have any comments, questions or suggestions we’d love to hear them - please post a comment below. Even if you don’t have an iPad you can still enjoy reading our online translation of this book.
(unfortunately this application is not available in all territories - if your iTunes account is set to the USA, China and most other countries, but in Singapore or the European Union The Tale of Peter Rabbit is still copyrighted, despite being written well over 100 years ago).