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Lost and Found 失而复得

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ID: 4107 Upper Intermediate
In this lesson we learn the Chinese phrase 失而复得,which literally means you lose someone/something at first but regain back in the end. The meaning is explained through the real life story of 12 boys and their football coach who went exploring in Thailand's Chiang Rai province on 23 June 2018 - but ended up trapped deep inside a cave underneath a mountain. For 2 weeks, news of their rescue efforts gripped the world. Finally on 10 July 2018, the boys and their coach were rescued and all of them were reunited with their families (失而复得).
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严肃 yánsù solemn; grave; serious
浏览 liúlǎn to skim over
探险 tànxiǎn to explore; to go on an expedition; adventure
情况 qíngkuàng circumstances; state of affairs; situation
xiǎojiā ,nǐ zài kàn shénme ?biǎoqíng nàme yánsù 。
Xiaojia, what are you looking at with such a solemn expression?
wǒ zài wǎngshàng liúlǎn xīnwén ,kàn yǒuméiyǒu guānyú Tàiguó yī wèi zúqiú jiàoliàn dàilǐng shíèr ge xiǎo yùndòngyuán tànxiǎn shīzōng de bàodào ,zhè duàn shíjiān wǒ yīzhí guānzhù zhe 。
I’m browsing the internet for news on the latest developments of a group of 12 boys and their football coach who had gone missing while on a training excursion to the Tham Luang cave in Thailand. I’ve been following closely this news recently.
zhège wǒ zhīdào ,yǐjīng shí tiān le ,xiànzài qíngkuàng zěnmeyàng ?
Oh yes, I’ve heard this news too. It has been 10 days since they were reported missing. What is the latest situation?
jīntiān chuánlái le hǎo xiāoxi ,jīngguò jiùyuán rényuán de sōujiù ,shísān wèi shīzōngzhě dōu zhǎodào le ,érqiě dōu shēnghuán 。
Well there is good news today. After an intensive search and rescue operation, all 13 persons have been found alive!
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