红楼梦 Dream of the Red Chamber English-Chinese & Pinyin

Dream of the Red Chamber, also called The Story of the Stone, composed by Cao Xueqin, is one of China’s Four Great Classical Novels. It was written sometime in the middle of the 18th century during the Qing Dynasty. Long considered a masterpiece of Chinese literature, the novel is generally acknowledged to be the pinnacle of Chinese fiction. “Redology” is the field of study devoted exclusively to this work.

Many advanced level Chinese learners have the ambition of reading this book, we’ve put Pinyin & Hanzi together as well as the English translation so that you won’t have the trouble in reading all the Chinese characters and understanding the meaning. A further step would be explaining the culture background and mark out the confusing parts, that we’ll need your help. The book has 120 chapters, we’ll keep updating the list below:

You may want to know:

1.The translation of this sort of masterpiece is really hard, it’s even harder to show our readers the nuance and beauty of the poems, not to mention the culture background. This translation was by David Hawkes, he used a lot of latin and stories from English culture to help our readers understand the book. Another classic translation was by yángxiàndàinǎidié(Gladys Yang), which is believed to be a better one by many Chinese, but this is not for Chinese local readers, so we’ll go with David Hawkes’ version.

2.tōngjiǎ(phonetic loan character)

You’ll see a lot of 那里,那个 which is commonly seen as nowadays, these are not typos, it’s just the way it is

第1回 甄士隐梦幻识通灵 贾雨村风尘怀闺秀

第2回 贾夫人仙逝扬州城 冷子兴演说荣国府

第3回 托内兄如海荐西宾 接外孙贾母惜孤女

第4回 薄命女偏逢薄命郎 葫芦僧判断葫芦案

第5回 贾宝玉神游太虚境 警幻仙曲演红楼梦

第6回 贾宝玉初试云雨情 刘老老一进荣国府

第7回 送宫花贾琏戏熙凤 宴宁府宝玉会秦钟

第8回 贾宝玉奇缘识金锁 薛宝钗巧合认通灵

第9回 训劣子李贵承申饬 嗔顽童茗烟闹书房

第10回 金寡妇贪利权受辱 张太医论病细穷源

第11回 庆寿辰宁府排家宴 见熙凤贾瑞起淫心

第12回 王熙凤毒设相思局 贾天祥正照风月鉴

To be updated …

红楼梦 The Story of the Stone English-Chinese & Pinyin

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