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A Boat Tour of the River

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ID: 2896 Upper Intermediate
Join us on a boat tour down the Yellow River (Huáng Hé) as we discuss nature, poetry, and shopping with a best friend. Photo by Jody McIntyre
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壮观 zhuàngguān spectacular
几乎 jīhū almost
矮个子 ǎigezi short stature
一望无际 yīwàngwújì as far as the eye can see
你看这风景!滔滔江水,多么壮观啊!
nǐ kàn zhè fēngjǐng !tāotāo jiāngshuǐ ,duōme zhuàngguān ā !
Look at this scene! The river water pouring down, how magnificent!
是啊是啊,可是风这么大,船又晃得厉害,我照相机都几乎要掉了,刚才河岸那一排树都没拍到。
shì a shì a ,kěshì fēng zhème dà ,chuán yòu huàng de lìhai ,wǒ zhàoxiàngjī dōu jīhū yào diào le ,gāngcái hé àn nà yī pái shù dōu méi pāi dào 。
Yes, yes, but the wind is so strong and the boat is rocking quite dramatically. My camera feels like it is going to fall, so I didn't manage to take a picture of that line of trees along the river bank just now.
我倒不觉得风很大,你这矮个子怎么反而站不稳呢?不过跟刚刚岸边的树比起来,好好欣赏眼前这一望无际的黄河比较实际吧?
wǒ dào bù juéde fēng hěndà ,nǐ zhè ǎi gèzi zěnme fǎnér zhàn bù wěn ne ?bùguò gēn gānggāng àn biān de shù bǐqǐlai ,hǎohāo xīnshǎng yǎnqián zhè yīwàngwújì de Huánghé bǐjiào shíjì ba ?
I don't really feel like the wind is so strong, how does someone of such a short stature like you find it hard to stand? But compared to the trees on the bank just now, it would be more practical for you to enjoy the endless span of the Yellow River before you, no?
哎!真的是,黄河之水天上来,奔流到海不复回,现在才见识到这“天上来”的感觉,跟以前上课看老师在黑板上又写又画比起来,果然还是要亲眼看到才真能明白。
āi !zhēn de shì ,Huánghé zhī shuǐ tiānshàng lái ,bēn liú dào hǎi bù fù huí ,xiànzài cái jiànshi dào zhè “tiānshàng lái ”de gǎnjué ,gēn yǐqián shàngkè kàn lǎoshī zài hēibǎn shàng yòu xiě yòu huà bǐqǐlai ,guǒrán háishì yào qīnyǎn kàndào cái zhēn néng míngbai 。
Ah! That's true, "the Yellow River flows down from the heavens, Running to the sea never to return". Only now do I realize what the poem meant by "flows down from the heavens". Of course, compared to just sitting in class having the teacher write and draw on the blackboard, it's only seeing it with my own eyes that really made me understand.
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