Friday, September 30, 2011

小剪刀 My little Scissors







Paper cuts are traditional Chinese handicrafts. Some dexterous masters can cut out virtually everything you can think of, like the one in the rhyme.

小剪刀,嚓嚓嚓,
xiao3 jian3dao1, ca1ca1ca1,
我和姐姐剪窗花。

wo3 he2 jie3jie jian3 chuang1hua1.
剪串香蕉猴子抓,jian3chuan4 xiang1jiao1 hou2zi zhua1,
剪堆南瓜大车拉。jian3 dui1 nan2gua1 da4che1 la1.
剪条鲤鱼跳龙门,jian3 tiao2 li3yu2 tiao4 long2men2,
剪群鸭子吃鱼虾。jian3 qun2 ya1zi chi1 yu2xia1.
剪朵牡丹篮里装,jian3 duo3 mu3dan1 lan2li3 zhuang1,
剪个孩子笑哈哈。jian3 ge4 hai2zi xiao4ha1ha1.


Translation:


My little scissors go Ca-ca-ca,
My sister and I making paper-cuts for windows.
We cut out a bunch of bananas that monkeys snatch at,
We cut out a pile of pumpkins that are pulled away by big carts.
We cut out a gold carp jumping over the Dragon Gate,
We cut out a flock of ducks eating fish and shrimps.
We cut out a peony flower put inside a basket,
We cut out a child laughing cheerfully.

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