Another beginner story featuring a rooster and a duckling. Remember to read through slowly and try to pronounce each tone clearly, don’t worry about speed that will come naturally with time. There is a voice recording of a Chinese person reading the story so that you can listen to and imitate the pronunciation. First, let’s look at some of the key words in this story.

Key Words

公鸡 – Rooster. In the story then it is referred to as 小公鸡 which would be a baby rooster, which I am told is called a cockerel. Either way, putting 小 in front of different animals generally means the “baby” version of the animal such as 小猫 meaning kitten.

鸭子 – Duck. 小鸭子 being duckling.

河 – River. There is a river in the story, there are many uses of this character such as 河边 meaning the side of the river.

虫子 – Insects. 小公鸡喜欢吃虫子.

The baby bird and the duckling

(Hover over the Chinese for pinyin)

有一天,小鸭子与小公鸡一起出去玩,它们走进草堆里。小公鸡找到许多虫子,吃得非常高兴。而小鸭子却捉不到虫子,急得哇哇直叫。小公鸡看见了,一捉到虫子就叫小鸭子来吃。

它们走到小河边,小鸭子说:“公鸡弟弟,我到河里捉鱼给你吃。”小公鸡说:“我也去。”小鸭子说:“不行,不行,你不会游泳,下去会被淹着的!”小公鸡不信,偷偷地跟在小鸭子后面下了水。

 小鸭子正在水里捉鱼,忽然,听见小公鸡在喊救命。于是,它飞快地游到小公鸡身边,让小公鸡坐在自己的背上。小公鸡上了岸,笑着对小鸭子说:“鸭子哥哥,谢谢你。”

 

Comprehension questions

A few questions about the story that you can answer in the comments below.

  1. 小公鸡找到了什么吃的?
  2. 小鸭子去河里捉什么?
  3. 小公鸡是怎么到河对岸的?

Have any questions?

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