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
Dao4de2jing1 Yi1
道德经一

Not
Fei1


Frequent or Constant
Chang2


Path can walk not constant path
Dao4 ke3 dao4 fei1 chang2 dao4
道可道非常道

Name can name not constant name
Ming2 ke3 ming2 fei1 chang2 ming2
名可名非常名

Possessive particle
Zhi1


Begin
Shi3


No name - beginning of - heaven - earth
Wu2 ming2 tian1 di4 zhi1 shi3
无名天地之始

Ten thousand things
Wan4wu4
万物

Have name - mother of universe
You3 ming2 wan4wu4 zhi1 mu3
有名万物之母

Cause or Because
Gu4


Desire
Yu4


Because constant not desire
Gu4 chang2 wu2 yu4
故常无欲

Thus
Yi3


To look at
Guan1


Its
Qi2


Wonder
Miao4


Thus view its wonder
Yi3 guan1 qi2 miao4
以观其妙

Constant have desire
Chang2 you3 yu4
常有欲

Boundary
Jiao4


Thus view its boundary
Yi3 guan1 qi2 jiao4
以观其徼

This or These
Ci3


Both of something
Liang3zhe3
两者

Different
Yi4


These two aspects - develop together - yet different names
Ci3 liang3zhe3 tong2chu1 er2 yi4 ming2
此两者同出而异名

To give a name to something
Wei4


It
Zhi1


Together call it mystery
Tong2 wei4 zhi1 xuan2
同谓之玄

Mystery it again mystery
Xuan2 zhi1 you4 xuan2
玄之又玄

All
Zhong4


All wonder's door
Zhong4 miao4 zhi1 men2

衆妙之门 


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