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New Mandarin Chinese Lesson: Dao De Jing 1

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We're excited to announce that we've just published "Dao De Jing 1", a new Advanced level Mandarin Chinese language lesson, on Language Mentor! 

Lesson Script

Way Virtue Classic - One
Dàodéjīng Yī
道德经一

Not
Fēi


Frequent or Constant
Cháng


Path can walk not constant path
Dào kě dào fēi cháng dào
道可道非常道

Name can name not constant name
Míng kě míng fēi cháng míng
名可名非常名

Possessive particle
Zhī


Begin
Shǐ


No name - beginning of - heaven - earth
Wú míng tiān dì zhī shǐ
无名天地之始

Ten thousand things
Wànwù
万物

Have name - mother of universe
Yǒu míng wànwù zhī mǔ
有名万物之母

Cause or Because



Desire



Because constant not desire
Gù cháng wú yù
故常无欲

Thus



To look at
Guān


Its



Wonder
Miào


Thus view its wonder
Yǐ guān qí miào
以观其妙

Constant have desire
Cháng yǒu yù
常有欲

Boundary
Jiào


Thus view its boundary
Yǐ guān qí jiào
以观其徼

This or These



Both of something
Liǎngzhě
两者

Different



These two aspects - develop together - yet different names
Cǐ liǎngzhě tóngchū ér yì míng
此两者同出而异名

To give a name to something
Wèi


It
Zhī


Together call it mystery
Tóng wèi zhī xuán
同谓之玄

Mystery it again mystery
Xuán zhī yòu xuán
玄之又玄

All
Zhòng


All wonder's door
Zhòng miào zhī mén

衆妙之门 


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