Monday, June 6, 2016

鲤鱼跳龙门 The Carp that Jumped over the Dragon Gate


This story is about a brave carp, whose effort and perseverance eventually paid off. The idiom was often used in the past when a scholar passed the imperial civil service exam. Now the idiom can be used for promotions, or success after repetitive trying. 
 龙门,就是龙门山, 在黄河的东边,传说大禹 把黄河的水引到龙门山后,发现没有地方可以让水流出去,就把龙门山劈开,让黄河从中间流出,两边的山又高又陡, 最窄的距离只有六十多米,看起来就像黄河的门一样。   大禹劈开龙门山之后,想要找一条能跳过龙门山的鱼儿来管理这个地方。很多鱼听到这个消息以后,都想试试看,于是大家一起沿着黄河往龙门山游去。一路上,有的鱼因为身体不够强壮,被河水冲走了;好不容易游到龙门山下了,大家一看, 龙门山这么高, 怎们能跳得过去呢?大家努力地跳啊跳啊, 很多鱼都放弃了, 打算回家 。最后,只剩下一条金色的小鲤鱼还在努力地跳着,在他累得想放弃的时候,忽然看到河里有一块大石头,河水一打在石头上, 浪花就飞得很高很高。小鲤鱼忽然有了一个主意:「我为什么只靠自己的力量跳呢?为什么不利用水的力量呢?」于是小鲤鱼先跳到浪花上,  再靠尾巴的力量往上跳。 这时,天空中很多云跟着他,他好像骑在云上。突然, 一团天火从后面追来,  烧着了它的尾巴。但是他忍着疼痛,继续往前飞 ,越飞越快, 原来他已经变成了一条龙。 从此,这条小鲤鱼不但能管理龙门山,还变成一条金龙,在空中开心地飞着。


lóng mén ,jiù shì lóng mén shān , zài huáng hé de dōng biān ,chuán shuō dà yǔ  bǎ huáng hé de shuǐ yǐn dào lóng mén shān hòu ,fā xiàn méi yǒu dì fāng kě yǐ ràng shuǐ liú chū qù ,jiù bǎ lóng mén shān pī kāi ,ràng huáng hé cóng zhōng jiān liú chū ,liǎng biān de shān yòu gāo yòu dǒu , zuì zhǎi de jù lí zhī yǒu liù shí duō mǐ ,kàn qǐ lái jiù xiàng huáng hé de mén yī yàng 。   dà yǔ pī kāi lóng mén shān zhī hòu ,xiǎng yào zhǎo yī tiáo néng tiào guò lóng mén shān de yú ér lái guǎn lǐ zhè gè dì fāng 。hěn duō yú tīng dào zhè gè xiāo xī yǐ hòu ,dōu xiǎng shì shì kàn ,yú shì dà jiā yī qǐ yán zhe huáng hé wǎng lóng mén shān yóu qù 。yī lù shàng ,yǒu de yú yīn wéi shēn tǐ bú gòu qiáng zhuàng ,bèi hé shuǐ chōng zǒu le ;hǎo bú róng yì yóu dào lóng mén shān xià le ,dà jiā yī kàn , lóng mén shān zhè me gāo , zěn men néng tiào dé guò qù ne ?dà jiā nǔ lì dì tiào ā tiào ā , hěn duō yú dōu fàng qì le , dǎ suàn huí jiā  。zuì hòu ,zhī shèng xià yī tiáo jīn sè de xiǎo lǐ yú hái zài nǔ lì dì tiào zhe ,zài tā lèi dé xiǎng fàng qì de shí hòu ,hū rán kàn dào hé lǐ yǒu yī kuài dà shí tóu ,hé shuǐ yī dǎ zài shí tóu shàng , làng huā jiù fēi dé hěn gāo hěn gāo 。xiǎo lǐ yú hū rán yǒu le yī gè zhǔ yì :「wǒ wéi shí me zhī kào zì jǐ de lì liàng tiào ne ?wéi shí me bú lì yòng shuǐ de lì liàng ne ?」yú shì xiǎo lǐ yú xiān tiào dào làng huā shàng ,  zài kào wěi bā de lì liàng wǎng shàng tiào 。 zhè shí ,tiān kōng zhōng hěn duō yún gēn zhe tā ,tā hǎo xiàng qí zài yún shàng 。tū rán , yī tuán tiān huǒ cóng hòu miàn zhuī lái ,  shāo zhe le tā de wěi bā 。dàn shì tā rěn zhe téng tòng ,jì xù wǎng qián fēi  ,yuè fēi yuè kuài , yuán lái tā yǐ jīng biàn chéng le yī tiáo lóng 。 cóng cǐ ,zhè tiáo xiǎo lǐ yú bú dàn néng guǎn lǐ lóng mén shān ,hái biàn chéng yī tiáo jīn lóng ,zài kōng zhōng kāi xīn dì fēi zhe 









Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Congee in Autumn

Autumn is a season of cool dry weather. Flu, allergy, constipation, dry skin and nose are common. It's time to nourish the organs and keep them moist. Congee is the ideal food for that. Experts in traditional Chinese medicine suggest congee cooked with various ingredients, from chrysanthemum to chestnuts.

Congee, a rice porridge or gruel made with lots of water, reinforces the digestive system and nourishes other organs. Traditioanally, it's made with white rice that has been milled. Nowadays, however,  brown rice is more popular and more nutritious. As it converts to energy more slowly,  it's more suitable for people with diabetes without spikes in sugar levels.
Eating low-calorie congee regularly can decrease the risk of obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease and other cardiovascular problems. Writing this, I remember in my hometown in the past, common people used to have two congee meals and one more solid meal everyday to save money. It turns out that people lived longer and healthier then.

Ingredients commonly added in the fall include pears, turnips, black sesame, white woodears ( a kind of fungus), lily root and chrysanthemum; all are cooling (containing yin, or cold energy) and moistening. You can get creative by adding other nutritial ingredients such as walnuts, red jujubes, adzuki beans, mung beans, and different grains. It can be flavored with brown sugar. It can also be eaten with a pinch of salt and pepper, if you have diced ham in it.

Note: To have any medicinal effect, it must be eaten regularly. That said, it's still a kind of food to keep you healthy. It shouldn't be used as prescribed medicine.  It's not advised to eat congee three times daily, since it contains less energy than rice of the same weight.

Diabetics shouldn't eat too much white rice congee since it quickly raises the blood sugar.

Sweet cold congee, though tasty, is not recommended for the elderly, children and those suffering "pathogenic cold" (yin energy) problems. Too much cold congee undermines the digestive system. 



Adapted from Cultural China.com

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Duibuqi, wodezhongwen buhao



The Lyrics of the Song

**对不起, 我的中文不好。
对不起, 对不起,
我不知道你说什么。
对不起, 我的中文不好。
对不起, 对不起,
我只想跟你当朋友(dang1peng2you: to make friends)

Hello, 你好吗?
你的英文好好听,
你是美国人吗?
并不是美国人,
我是一位英国绅士(shen1shi4:gentleman)
如果你专心(zhuan1xin1:attentively)听,
你会了解(liao3jie3: to understand)我。
 **
欢迎光临(guang1lin2:to patronize),请里面坐。
先生, 你要吃什么?
我要睡觉。
你很累是不是?
我不累, 我肚子很饿!
我想要吃水饺。
请你快点做。
**
没关系(mei2guan1xi:it doesnt matter), 我的中文进步了。
没关系, 没关系,
我还要跟你当朋友。

Repeat




Tuesday, June 4, 2013

36 Chinese Characters (ZT)

This is a great video from Youtube.  Very good for listening as well as writing.

Monday, March 18, 2013

如果我是一片雪花 If I'm a Snowflake


By 金波
 
如果(rúguǒ)()(shì)()(piàn)雪花(xuěhuā)
if I am a snow flake,

()(cāi)
()(huì)飘落(piāoluò)(dào)什么(shénme)地方(dìfāng)()(ne)Guess where I will fall


()(yuàn)飘落(piāoluò)(dào)小河(xiǎohé)()I’d like to fall into the river,

变成(biànchéng)()滴水(dīshuǐ)and chang to a drop of water

()(xiǎo)()(xiǎo)(xiā)游戏(yóuxì)To play games with fish and shrimps


()(yuàn)飘落(piāoluò)(dào)广场(guǎngchǎng)(shàng)I’d like to fall onto the square

(duī)()(pàng)雪人(xuěrén)and be piled into a fat snowman,

(wàng)(zhe)()笑眯眯(xiàomīmī)Smiling at you.