Chinese Stories

A short excerpt from Robinson Crusoe

I really like the story of Robinson Crusoe, here is a short passage that has been translated into Chinese. There is also the full English translation below. Thanks for reading and good luck with your studying! If you have any questions, feel free to ask below. Robinson Crusoe - 鲁滨孙漂流记 当我第一次到达这个小岛的时候,我什么东西都没有。但是我找到了我的轮船,然后把它变成了一艘小舟。我从轮船上拿过来一些可以用的东西,比如食物,饮料,工具,刀,枪。虽然我什么都丢了,但是我没有丢了我的生命,我还活着!我不会放弃,我会等待一艘船来救我。我已经把树砍了,建房子。我几乎每天都拿着枪出去,打猎动物和小鸟,吃掉它们。我甚至学习种水果和蔬菜。 几周以前,我在沙滩上发现了另一个人的脚印。我的岛还有什么人呢?他们在这儿多久?没过多久,我看见了一群食人族!他们想杀死两个从船上来的人,一个死了,但是另一个向我的房子跑去。 我帮他杀了食人族。 这个人现在跟我住,也帮助我。我叫他Friday,因为我们是在周五相遇的,他很聪明,我已经教了他一些英语。 English Translation When [...]

By | July 13th, 2018|Chinese Stories|1 Comment

If time could flow backwards

Today we are going to look at a lovely piece of creative writing about childhood memories and time. The writing is about the author's childhood as a 留守儿童 which is the case of lots of children who live in the Chinese countryside with parents working in industrial zones or bigger cities. There are a few plants [...]

By | November 18th, 2017|Chinese Stories|4 Comments

The 3 bears

At first glance then this story was going to be placed into the beginner section as most stories titled "The 3 bears" would go. However, this story turned out to have very complex sentences and a surprising depth of vocabulary that makes it very difficult for beginners. Have fun reading and puzzling over some of [...]

By | February 27th, 2017|Chinese Stories|2 Comments

The family of hedgehogs

This is a story about a family of hedgehogs. This story is aimed at younger children but it is too long with too many different characters to be considered a beginner's story. As always, read through slowly and carefully and if you are reading out loud then pronounce every character clearly with the correct tones. Key [...]

By | February 2nd, 2017|Chinese Stories|0 Comments

Why do we celebrate Spring Festival?

Here is a Chinese story which explains why people celebrate Spring Festival. The story is based around a monster called the "Nian" and features a lot of typical Spring Festival things such as the color red and, of course, fireworks. The story has a nice balance of simple and more complicated sentence structures which make [...]

By | January 16th, 2017|Chinese Stories|6 Comments

Secondhand Car

Here is a scary Chinese story about a secondhand car. There are lots of useful verbs to be learnt and good sentence structures. Like most stories, there are some idioms that can trip you up unless you have learnt them before. As always, read through carefully and slowly trying to pronounce each word clearly with [...]

By | December 28th, 2016|Chinese Stories|0 Comments

Santa is coming

Since it's that time of year again, here is a Chinese passage about Christmas and Santa Claus. This text was written by a teenager as a homework assignment about Christmas. There are lots of colorful expressions to be learnt and many adjectives that you will certainly find useful. Let's look at a few Christmas related [...]

By | December 20th, 2016|Chinese Stories|0 Comments

Introducing Uncle Adam

This is the first few paragraphs from a storybook, the book is aimed at older children/young teens and contains a nice mix of simple Chinese with idioms and some excellent vocabulary. The storybook is of the kind that allows you to choose which way the characters will go by giving the readers choices as to what [...]

By | December 13th, 2016|Chinese Stories|2 Comments

Play the lute to a cow

Idioms. idioms. idioms. They are hard to learn and even harder to remember for more than 10 minutes! This story explains the meaning behind the idiom 对牛弹琴. The story is quite simple but the characters used to tell it are (in my opinion) fairly advanced. The idiom 对牛弹琴 is most commonly used to describe giving [...]

By | November 11th, 2016|Chinese Stories|2 Comments

Hagrid’s introduction

A bit of Harry Potter today, the scene where Hagrid arrives amidst a storm and breaks down the Dursley's door. There is a lot of interesting Chinese characters to represent breaking and crashing sounds and also some good descriptive words for Hagrid's appearance. While it is not a very long piece of writing, I think it [...]

By | November 10th, 2016|Chinese Stories|6 Comments