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The Brave Little Tailor (Part 1)
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ID: 2051 Upper Intermediate
Hear ye! Hear ye! Listen Chinese students and listen well To a classic tale we'd like to tell Of a brave little tailor with pluck and vim Who comes to us from the Brother's Grimm... In this lesson, learn how fairy tales are told in Chinese, complete with more formal language and the use of onomatopoeia.
Fri Oct 26 2012 | Jenny, John
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xiàtiān de yī gè zǎochén ，xiǎo cáifeng xiàng wǎngcháng yīyàng zài wúliáo de zuò yīfu 。zhuōzi shàng fàng zhe tā chī shèngxià de bàn piàn miànbāo ，miànbāo shàng tú zhe měiwèi de guǒjiàng 。
One summer morning, a little tailor is, as usual, listlessly making clothes. On the table sits the half-eaten remains of a slice of bread; on the bread is spread some delicious jam.
bùyīhuìr ，guǒjiàng de xiāngwèi xīyǐn le dàpī de cāngying fēi le guòlai 。xiǎo cáifeng zuì tǎoyàn wēngwēngwēng de cāngying le ，tā náqǐ chǐzǐ ，pā pā pā de jiāng cāngying quán dǎsǐ le 。bù shǔ bù zhīdào yī shǔ xiàyītiào ，tiān a ，tā dǎsǐ le qī zhī 。tā hěn déyì ，juéde zìjǐ zhēn shì tài yǒnggǎn le ，yīnggāi ràng quánshìjiè de rén dōu zhīdào 。
In no time, scent of the jam causes a group of flies to fly over. The little tailor is greatly disturbed by the buzzing of the flies. He picks up his ruler and - wham! - he kills the flies. How many he does not know, but counting them - whoa! - he's killed seven of them! He's very proud, thinking himself to be very brave and that the whole world should know.
shuō gàn jiù gàn ！tā náqǐ yī kuài bù ，zài shàngmian xiě le yī pái zì “yīxià dǎsǐ qī gè ”。ránhòu ，tā bǎ bù jìzài le yāo shàng ，juéde zìjǐ jiù xiàng dǎ le shèngzhàng de jiāngjūn yīyàng shénqì 。yúshì ，tā gāoxìng de chūfā le 。
No sooner said than done! He picks up a piece of cloth and on it he writes a line: ”One stroke killed seven“. Then, he ties the cloth to his waist, thinking himself to have the air of a victorious general. So, he sets out happily.
tā zǒu ya zǒu ，zǒudào le yīpiàn shùlín lǐ 。tā kànjiàn yī gè jùrén zhèng yōuxián de tǎng zài shítou shàng shuìjiào 。xiǎo cáifeng zhuàngzhedǎnzi zǒudào le jùrén de miànqián ，dàn xīn háishì dōngdōngdōng de tiào ge bùtíng 。tā lěngjìng le yīxià ，ránhòu dàshēng de shuō ：“hāi ，gēmenr ，dàbáitiān de ，shuì shénme jiào a ！gǎn bùgǎn gēn wǒ yīqǐ qù chuǎng shìjiè ？”
He walks and walks, walking into the woods. He sees a giant lying on top of a rock asleep. The little tailor, gathering up his courage, walks up in front of the giant, but his heart is racing - thump! thump! thump! He calms down a bit, then hollers: “Hey, buddy, it's broad daylight! Why are you sleeping? Have you got the guts to roam the world with me?”
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