Here is a text taken from a science magazine named Small Newton. It is aimed towards older children/teenagers and is packed with lots of useful vocabulary and scientific terms. I was torn between putting this in the beginner section but decided against it as even though it is quite short and the sentences are very simplistic, a lot of the characters are fairly unique and animal-specific. Let me know what you think.

Key Words

In the key words today then let’s look at some of the characters that might be unknown to you in this text.

小牛顿 – The name of the magazine that wrote this article.

防御 – To defend

掠食者 – 掠食 is to prey upon. Adding a 者 to the end turns it into a predator.

威胁- Menace/threaten.

天敌 – Natural enemies, mainly used as a term in biology.

Danger on the Ground

(Hover over the Chinese for pinyin)





此外,鸸鹋,美洲鸵鸟,食火鸡等,也都靠着 强壮的双脚逃生。至于生活在新西兰的奇异鸟,天敌虽较少,但为了减少危险。它们通常选在清晨和晚上活动。

What did you think?

How much could you read without peeking at the pinyin? I think this is a nicely balanced article that is great for reinforcing simple sentences structures while using some complicated characters.