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New Mandarin Chinese Lesson: Qingming Festival

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We're excited to announce that 章琦玮 - Zhang Qiwei has just published "Qingming Festival", a new Intermediate level Mandarin Chinese lesson, on Language Mentor! 

Lesson Script

Qingming Festival
Qīngmíngjié
清明节

Vocabulary
Cíhuì
词汇

A:

Clear
Qīng


B:

Bright
Míng


A:

Clear and Bright
Qīngmíng
清明

B:

Green
Qīng


A:

Ball
Tuán


B:

Green dumplings
Qīngtuán
青团

A:

Ancestors
Zǔxiān
祖先

B:

Sweep grave
Sǎomù
扫墓

A:

Sky
Tiān


B:

Light and Bright
Lǎng


A:

Air



B:

Sky clear - air fresh
Tiānlǎngqìqīng
天朗气清

A:

Outing or Excursion
Jiāoyóu
郊游

B:

Wild



A:

Meal
Cān


B:

Picnic
Yěcān
野餐

A:

Vacation
Jiàqī
假期

B:

Tradition
Chuántǒng
传统

A:

Sweet pastry or Dessert
Tiándiǎn
甜点

Announcer:

Dialogue
Duìhuà
对话

A:

We'll be getting three days off for the Qingming Festival.
Qīngmíngjié wǒmen huì fàng sān tiān jià.
清明节我们会放三天假。
Note: "Fàng" = "released" or "set free"

B:

What is the Qingming Festival?
Shénme shì Qīngmíngjié?
什么是清明节?

A:

Qingming festival is a spring holiday.
Qīngmíngjié shì yígè chūntiān de jiérì.
清明节是一个春天的节日。

This time's weather - usually is - sky clear - air fresh.
Zhè shí de tiānqì tōngcháng shì tiānlǎngqìqīng de.
这时的天气通常是天朗气清的。

Thus people use Qingming festival to sweep ancestors' graves.
Suǒyǐ rénmen jiù lìyòng Qīngmíngjié qù gěi zǔxiān sǎomù.
所以人们就利用清明节去给祖先扫墓。

Furthermore we do many other things, ...
Èrqiě wǒmen hái huì zuò qítā hěnduō shì, ...
而且我们还会做其它很多事,……

such as go for an excursion, picnic and so on.
Bǐrú jiāoyóu, yěcān děngděng.
比如郊游,野餐等等。

You want - to go out for a picnic with us?
Nǐ yào hé wǒmen yīqǐ chūqù yěcān ma?
你要和我们一起出去野餐吗?

B:

When?
Shénme shíhou?
什么时候?

A:

This year's Qingming festival vacation will begin on April 3rd.
Jīnnián de Qīngmíngjié jiàqī huì cóng sì yuè sān hào kāishǐ.
今年的清明节假期会从四月三号开始。

B:

Every year it's different?
Měi nián dōu bù yīyàng ma?
每年都不一样吗?

A:

Yes, every year - a bit different.
Shìde, měi nián dōu yǒuxiē bù yīyàng.
是的,每年都有些不一样。

April 4th is Sunday - we'll go to Xuanwu Lake.
Sì yuè sì hào shì Xīngqītiān, wǒmen huì qù Xuánwǔ Hú.
四月四号是星期天,我们会去玄武湖。

Will you come?
Nǐ lái ma?
你来吗?

B:

I'm not sure if I will have time that day or not.
Wǒ bù quèdìng wǒ nàtiān huìbùhuì yǒukòng.
我不确定我那天会不会有空。

A:

That's okay, I'll call you on Saturday.
Méi guānxì, Xīngqīliù wǒ huì dǎ diànhuà gěi nǐ.
没关系,星期六我会打电话给你。

B:

Okay, thanks.
Hǎode, xièxiè.
好的,谢谢。

A:

That day I'll make some Green Dumplings.
Nàtiān wǒ huì zuò yīxiē Qīngtuán.
那天我会做一些青团。

B:

What are Green Dumplings?
Shénme shì Qīngtuán?
什么是青团?

A:

This is a kind of Chinese traditional desert.
Zhè shì yīzhǒng Zhōngguó de chuántǒng tiándiǎn.
这是一种中国的传统甜点。

Mainly eaten around Qingming.
Zhǔyào zài Qīngmíng qiánhòu chī.

主要在清明前后吃。 


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