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2022 Jun 01

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Manga for Chinese Learners: 7 Gripping Graphic Novels in Mandarin (Plus English Translations)

Manga for Chinese Learners: 7 Gripping Graphic Novels in Mandarin (Plus English Translations)

Reading manga is a very chill way to learn Chinese.

Thats despite the fact that the characters are alwaysgetting into some crazy drama everything from secret high school romances to warfare between gods and humanity.

If that sounds like afun way to learn Mandarin, then well get you started with seven of our favorite Chinesegraphic novels.

Learn Chinese Manga: 7 Mandarin Comic Books You Need to Read

(chng g xng)  Song of the Long March

SQ (SQ cng n de mng z ki sh)  SQ: Begin W/Your Name!

(du p cng qing)  Fights Break Spheres

(fng shn j)  The Legend and the Hero

(d lng fng so)  The One

(hu fng lio yun)  The Ravages of Time

 (du lu d l)  Combat Continent

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Chinese manga actuallyisnt called manga at all. Thats the Japanese word for comic books. (mn hu) Manhua is the correct Chinese term. Manhua are read traditionally right to left and are very similar to Japanese manga.

Reading manhua can help you improve your fluency in several ways:

Dialogue in manhua is written in (hn z)Chinese characters.Unfortunately for beginner learners, rarely can one find manhua in (pn yn) Chinese romanization. But intermediate and advanced learners can benefit from reading the hanzi dialogue typically found in manhua.

Have a notebook and Chinese dictionary ortranslation apphandy when you sit down to enjoy some manhua. If you run into a character you dont understand, immediately look it up and practice writing it. This way you can increase your vocabulary while enjoying a good comic book.

The visuals provide helpful context for the language.This makes new words easier to grasp and more memorable, since youre learning them within an interesting narrative. It also makes for a great stepping stone to bring your reading comprehension skills up a level.

Manhua stories can help you learn more about Chinese culture.These are the same comics that native Chinese speakers read. Theyre a great way to get a Chinese perspective on everyday life and social issues as well as discover Chinese styles in writing and art.

If you arent advanced enough to read pure untranslated hanzi, you can still benefit from reading manhua in English. You wont learn very much about the Chinese language, but you can learn a bit about Chinese culture from various manhua stories. Learning about Chinese culture,literatureand art can only improve your knowledge of China in addition to learning the language.

Where to read it:The original Chinese version of this manhua can be read in its entirety . You can read the series in English over atManga Rock.

Also known as Chang Ges Journey, this manhua from author (xi d) Xia Da spans 61 chapters and follows the story of a young princess. After her family is killed during a coup, she dresses as a boy and assumes a new identity as a military strategist in order to exact revenge on those that destroyed her family. Think Mulan but with a much darker atmosphere.

Song of the Long March hasbrief dialogue, so consider this a good manhua for intermediate learners or even beginners.

Where to read it:You can search for the paperback edition in Chinese fromAmazon. The translated version can be found atManga Rock.

This slice of life manhua has it all: comedy, romance, LGBT characters, drama. Its almost perfect.

In SQ: Begin W/Your Name! two young closeted girls fall in love with each other in high school while dealing with all the typical drama that adolescents have when it comes to hormones, friendship, bullying and identity.

The dialogue in the manhua is simple, but theres a lot of it. Definitely agood choice for readers with more a substantial knowledge of hanzi.

Where to read it:Fights Break Spheres can be found in Chinese atManHuaTaiand in English atManga Rock.

This manhua is also known as Battle Through the Heavens. Fighting prodigy Xiao, a young man with the ability to use magic, suddenly loses all of his powers to a great and powerful spirit. This spirit has sapped Xiao of his magical energies in order to create a body for himself.

Things get even more complicated when Xiaos fiance refuses to marry him unless he can best her in battle. In order to get stronger, Xiao begrudgingly trains with the very spirit who took his powers away.

Its definitely anaction-packed readwith verysimple and brief dialogue. An ideal choice for beginners and intermediate hanzi readers. Advanced learners can still enjoy this manhua as well, albeit more for leisure than practice.

Alive drama adaptationof this manhua is also in the works.

Where to read it:You can read The Legend and the Hero in Chinese viaManHuaGui. An English version can be found atManga Rock.

If you loveaction-packed battle manga, this gem from author (zhng jin h) Zheng Jianhe will definitely tickle your fancy.

In The Legend and the Hero, gods and humans live in the same world. During the Great Shang Dynasty, the gods dont find favor in the new emperor. Instead of stepping down at the gods request, the emperor decides to launch a massive war against the gods to free humanity from their control once and for all.

Since this manhua has more of a focus on battle scenes and art, thedialogue is pretty minimal. Yet another great pick for beginners or intermediate learners.

Where to read it:The One is available in Mandarin atManHuaGuiand in English atMangaKakalot.

Taiwan is a hotspot for manhua artists and writers right now. This gem is justone of many great manhua to come from Taiwan.

In The One, Lele is a young woman who was born into the wild world of the fashion industry. Her mother and father were once Taiwans greatest high-fashion models until a tragic accident killed them both. Lele thinks fashion is vain and pointless until her aunt, a fashion agent, sucks her into the industry.

The art style of this manhua is unique and is definitely appealing to young girls or anyone who enjoys the fashion industry. Theres quite a bit of dialogue, some of it complex, soadvanced learners can benefit the mostfrom this manhua.

Where to read it:Read The Ravages of Time in hanzi atManHuaGuiand in English atMangaHasu.

This manhua is a modern adaptation of the 14th-century epic(Sngu Yny) The Romance of the Three Kingdoms.This series is packed with warfare, politics, military tactics andultra-dramatic storytelling.

Because of the complex storytelling andextensive dialogue, this manhua would benefit advanced Chinese learners the best.

Keep in mind that this manhua is acrazy long readthat spans nearly 500 chapters!

Where to read it:Read Combat Continent in Chinese and in English atManga Rock.

This manhua is anotheraction-packed readwith more of a focus on martial arts and storytelling.

In Combat Continent, a young fighter betrays a famous martial arts sect and attempts suicide by jumping from Hells Peak. But thats only the beginning of thisultra-surreal story.

The dialogue of this series iseasy to read, so all types of Chinese learners can enjoy Combat Continent.

Now that you have a decent library of manhua to read, you can begin your journey of improving your Chinese fluency right from the comfort of your couch. Dont forget your (b j bn) notebook and (z din) dictionary!

If you benefit from this combined text/visual approach to learning, youd probably also do well to check out authentic video content in Chinese, in particular if you can findvideos with subtitles.

One place you can find authentic videos in Chinese isFluentU, a language learning program that teaches Mandarin using short clips with subtitle options in pinyin, Chinese characters and English. These videos include everything from news clips to cartoons, and like manga they can give you a helpful and engaging visual context alongside text.

Authentic Chinese videos have the added benefit of helping you work on listening and pronunciation skills.

And, as with manga, videos give you exposure to Chinese culture through engaging stories and dialog.

Keep in mind that many of the Chinese comics above are quick reads, so you may find yourself wanting to increase your collection pretty quickly. Like Japanese manga, these books are addictive!

So get out there and start reading. Enjoy!

Em Casalenais a published author, freelance writer and music columnist. They write about a lot of stuff, from music to films to language.

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