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
Qing1ming2jie2
清明节

Vocabulary
Ci2hui4
词汇

A:

Clear
Qing1


B:

Bright
Ming2


A:

Clear and Bright
Qing1ming2
清明

B:

Green
Qing1


A:

Ball
Tuan2


B:

Green dumplings
Qing1tuan2
青团

A:

Ancestors
Zu3xian1
祖先

B:

Sweep grave
Sao3mu4
扫墓

A:

Sky
Tian1


B:

Light and Bright
Lang3


A:

Air
Qi4


B:

Sky clear - air fresh
Tian1lang3qi4qing1
天朗气清

A:

Outing or Excursion
Jiao1you2
郊游

B:

Wild
Ye3


A:

Meal
Can1


B:

Picnic
Ye3can1
野餐

A:

Vacation
Jia4qi1
假期

B:

Tradition
Chuan2tong3
传统

A:

Sweet pastry or Dessert
Tian2dian3
甜点

Announcer:

Dialogue
Dui4hua4
对话

A:

We'll be getting three days off for the Qingming Festival.
Qing1ming2jie2 wo3men hui4 fang4 san1 tian1 jia4.
清明节我们会放三天假。
Note: "Fang4" = "released" or "set free"

B:

What is the Qingming Festival?
Shen2me shi4 Qing1ming2jie2?
什么是清明节?

A:

Qingming festival is a spring holiday.
Qing1ming2jie2 shi4 yi2ge4 chun1tian1 de jie2ri4.
清明节是一个春天的节日。

This time's weather - usually is - sky clear - air fresh.
Zhe4 shi2 de tian1qi4 tong1chang2 shi4 tian1lang3qi4qing1 de.
这时的天气通常是天朗气清的。

Thus people use Qingming festival to sweep ancestors' graves.
Suo3yi3 ren2men jiu4 li4yong4 Qing1ming2jie2 qu4 gei3 zu3xian1 sao3mu4.
所以人们就利用清明节去给祖先扫墓。

Furthermore we do many other things, ...
Er4qie3 wo3men hai2 hui4 zuo4 qi2ta1 hen3duo1 shi4, ...
而且我们还会做其它很多事,……

such as go for an excursion, picnic and so on.
Bi3ru2 jiao1you2, ye3can1 deng3deng3.
比如郊游,野餐等等。

You want - to go out for a picnic with us?
Ni3 yao4 he2 wo3men yi1qi3 chu1qu4 ye3can1 ma?
你要和我们一起出去野餐吗?

B:

When?
Shen2me shi2hou?
什么时候?

A:

This year's Qingming festival vacation will begin on April 3rd.
Jin1nian2 de Qing1ming2jie2 jia4qi1 hui4 cong2 si4 yue4 san1 hao4 kai1shi3.
今年的清明节假期会从四月三号开始。

B:

Every year it's different?
Mei3 nian2 dou1 bu4 yi1yang4 ma?
每年都不一样吗?

A:

Yes, every year - a bit different.
Shi4de, mei3 nian2 dou1 you3xie1 bu4 yi1yang4.
是的,每年都有些不一样。

April 4th is Sunday - we'll go to Xuanwu Lake.
Si4 yue4 si4 hao4 shi4 Xing1qi1tian1, wo3men hui4 qu4 Xuan2wu3 Hu2.
四月四号是星期天,我们会去玄武湖。

Will you come?
Ni3 lai2 ma?
你来吗?

B:

I'm not sure if I will have time that day or not.
Wo3 bu4 que4ding4 wo3 na4tian1 hui4bu4hui4 you3kong4.
我不确定我那天会不会有空。

A:

That's okay, I'll call you on Saturday.
Mei2 guan1xi4, Xing1qi1liu4 wo3 hui4 da3 dian4hua4 gei3 ni3.
没关系,星期六我会打电话给你。

B:

Okay, thanks.
Hao3de, xie4xie4.
好的,谢谢。

A:

That day I'll make some Green Dumplings.
Na4tian1 wo3 hui4 zuo4 yi1xie1 Qing1tuan2.
那天我会做一些青团。

B:

What are Green Dumplings?
Shen2me shi4 Qing1tuan2?
什么是青团?

A:

This is a kind of Chinese traditional desert.
Zhe4 shi4 yi1zhong3 Zhong1guo2 de chuan2tong3 tian2dian3.
这是一种中国的传统甜点。

Mainly eaten around Qingming.
Zhu3yao4 zai4 Qing1ming2 qian2hou4 chi1.

主要在清明前后吃。 


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