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Open Your Ears

2005 Aesop's Fables 1-2. Xi'an, China: Open Your Ears: Xi'an Jiaotong University Press. $3 from peiyantu, Hangzhou, China, through eBay, Sept., '11.


This is one of two audio-cassettes accompanying a book of the same name.  Apparently each of the four sides contains about ten fables.  of the forty-one fables in the book.  The book enhances each English text with vocabulary, translations, and "listening points."  The cassettes present, after some opening Chinese, a reading of each of the fables with its listening points.  These idiomatic phrases may be the strongest point of these tapes and of this combined publication.  The tapes feature good native American speakers. I see some references to 2008 on the verso of the title-page, but I will trust the eBay seller's statement that the book was published in 2005 and that this is a copy of its first edition.  All of the information on the cassettes except their numbers 1a, 1b, 2a, and 2b is in Chinese.  There is a "3" on each side of each cassette; perhaps Aesop's Fables is the third book in the series "Open Your Ears."

2005 Aesop's Fables 3-4. Xi'an, China: Open Your Ears: Xi'an Jiaotong University Press. $3 from peiyantu, Hangzhou, China, through eBay, Sept., '11.

This is one of two audio-cassettes accompanying a book of the same name.  Apparently each of the four sides contains about ten fables.  of the forty-one fables in the book.  The book enhances each English text with vocabulary, translations, and "listening points."  The cassettes present, after some opening Chinese, a reading of each of the fables with its listening points.  These idiomatic phrases may be the strongest point of these tapes and of this combined publication.  The tapes feature good native American speakers. I see some references to 2008 on the verso of the title-page, but I will trust the eBay seller's statement that the book was published in 2005 and that this is a copy of its first edition.  All of the information on the cassettes except their numbers 1a, 1b, 2a, and 2b is in Chinese.  There is a "3" on each side of each cassette; perhaps Aesop's Fables is the third book in the series "Open Your Ears."