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Dragon Boat Festival Special (Video and Podcast)

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ID: 2713 Intermediate
VIDEO and ADDITIONAL PODCAST: Ever wondered why there is a Dragon on a dragon boat or how the custom of eating sticky rice dumplings came about? Join Fiona, Constance and Iona in this Dragon Boat Festival Special Podcast and get a deeper understanding of this vibrant festival. https://chinesepodtv.wistia.com/medias/z6mmuft948
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端午节 duānwǔjié Dragon Boat Festival
bāo to wrap
粽子 zòngzi pyramids of sticky rice wrapped in leaves
越来越少 yuèláiyuèshǎo to be fewer and fewer
端午节的时候,有些人家里会包粽子,可是因为包粽子有点麻烦,而且一次要包很多,所以越来越少人自己包粽子了,现在大部分的人是买粽子来吃。
duānwǔjié de shíhou ,yǒuxiērén jiālǐ huì bāo zòngzi ,kěshì yīnwèi bāo zòngzi yǒudiǎnr máfan ,érqiě yícì yào bāo hěn duō ,suǒyǐ yuèláiyuèshǎo rén zìjǐ bāo zòngzi le ,xiànzài dàbùfēn de rén shì mǎi zòngzi lái chī 。
During Dragon Boat Festival, some families will make sticky rice dumplings. Yet because making sticky rice dumplings can be quite complicated, and you have to make many dumplings at once, there are less and less people making their own sticky rice dumplings. Most people just buy ready-made dumplings to eat.
包粽子的时候是一串一串的,一串上面会有好几个粽子。
bāo zòngzi de shíhou shì yí chuàn yí chuàn de ,yí chuàn shàngmian huì yǒu hǎo jǐ ge zòngzi 。
When making sticky rice dumplings one has to string them together bunch by bunch. There will be many dumplings in each bunch.
粽子里面包的东西叫做“馅料”,有甜的、有咸的。
zòngzi lǐmian bāo de dōngxi jiàozuò “xiànliào ”,yǒu tiánde 、yǒu xián de 。
The stuff that is wrapped inside the dumplings is referred to as "xian4 liao4". This can be sweet or savoury.
按照形状和口味,粽子可以分成北方粽和南方粽,南方粽大部分是咸的,也比较大。
ànzhào xíngzhuàng hé kǒuwèi ,zòngzi kěyǐ fēn chéng běifāngzòng hé nánfāngzòng ,nánfāngzòng dàbùfēn shì xián de ,yě bǐjiào dà 。
According to their shape or flavour, sticky rice dumplings can be divided into northern or southern dumplings. Southern dumplings are usually savoury and larger in size.
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