Archive for September, 2010

Chinese Reading – My airy ueen Love 之恋–第3幕 – Learn Chinese Class

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Girl: Dorothy, a recent University graduate working as a bilingual teacher in a kindergarten. Her greatest pleasure is eating her favourite ice cream while listening to cool English music…

Guy: Quentin, a Project Manager in an IT company. He’s so busy that he usually only gets to enjoy some relaxation on a Saturday afternoon, quietly drinking a cup of coffee…

Scene 3 The 1001st Day

第3幕 第1001天

The days drift quietly by.

This Saturday is the 1001st day after Dorothy and Quentin first met.

This afternoon, Dorothy went to the airy ueen where they first met. Welcoming Dorothy to the store, the manager recommended to her a new item. “Welcome. This is the ice cream cake that we are newly promoting this year, beautiful and fresh, multi-flavoured. What type would you like?” Amongst the assorted delights, Dorothy immediately spied that new style cake. “I’ll take that one.” Laughing, the manager said, “This one has been designed for lovers, you can share it with your other half.”

At 3 O’clock, the manager placed the ice cream cake in front of Dorothy. Not forgetting to crack a joke with her, he said, “Still waiting for that unpunctual monkey of yours? This cake will tell him how you feel!”

The sky gradually grew dark; the ice cream cake was gradually getting soft.

Dorothy did not dare to touch it, afraid that then it would just melt quicker. “Where are you now? On the road or in the office? Have you gone and forgotten our date?”

At ten in the evening, the shop was about to close and the ice cream was totally melted. A tear slid down from Dorothy’s eye, she sent Quentin a text: ice cream cake melted, my heart will also soon dissolve…

Early morning the next day, the manager found Quentin anxiously ③pacing up and down by the entrance to the store. Seeing the manager arrive for work, he urgently asked, “I want to order an ice cream cake, can you do it at once for me?” “Young people! Don’t worry! What kind do you want?” “ I only want that kind!” Not needing to look, Quentin pointed at exactly the same one that Dorothy had chosen the day before. The manager went as quickly as he could to make the cake for Quentin. At the end, he asked Quentin, “Do you want to write something on top?” Quentin thought for a moment and said, “Please write ‘My Princess, will you be my Queen?’”

Holding the fresh ice cream cake in his hands, Quentin sprinted in great strides to Dorothy’s house…

日子在一天天的坚持中悄悄溜走。

这个星期六是Quentin和Dorothy相识第1001天的日子。

这天下午,Dorothy来到了他们初次相遇的那家冰淇淋店。看到Dorothy光临,店长热情地向她推荐新品,“欢迎光临。这是本店今年新推出的冰淇淋蛋糕,漂亮新颖,口味多样,请问你喜欢哪一款?”在琳琅满目的品种中,Dorothy一眼就看中了那款别致可爱的心型蛋糕。“就来这一款吧。”店长笑着说,“嗯,这一款是特别为情人们设计的,可以跟你的另一半共同分享哦。”

下午3点钟,店长准时把冰淇淋蛋糕摆在Dorothy的面前,还不忘跟她开了个玩笑,“还在等你的迟到大王吧,这个心形蛋糕会给他传递你的心声的!”

天渐渐黑了,冰淇淋蛋糕已经开始慢慢变软,Dorothy不敢去碰它,怕它会融化得更快。“你现在在哪里?在路上还是在办公室里?你是不是把我们的约会也忘得一干二净了?”

晚上10点钟,店里要关门了,冰淇淋蛋糕也彻底融化了。一串泪珠从Dorothy的眼中悄悄滑落,她给Quentin发了一条短信:冰淇淋蛋糕融化了,我的心也快融化了……

第二天一大早,店长就发现Quentin正站在店门口,焦急地来回走动。看到店长来上班,他急切地说,“我要订制一个冰淇淋蛋糕,能马上帮我做好吗?”“年轻人,不要着急,你想订做哪一款呢?”“就要这款!”看都不用看,Quentin手一指,选中的款式正与昨天Dorothy选择的那款一模一样。店长用最快的速度帮Quentin做好了蛋糕,最后提醒Quentin,“要不要在上面写几个字?”Quentin想了一下说,“请帮我写上‘我的公主,愿意做我的皇后吗?’”

手提着新鲜的冰淇淋蛋糕,Quentin甩开大步朝Dorothy家跑去……

relaxation /,r1l2k`seiH9n/ n. 放松;缓和

tap /t2p/ v. 轻叩;轻拍

demeanour /di`m1n9/ n. 行为;举止

unconsciously /7n`k4nH9sli/ adv. 无意识地

squirm /skw8n/ v. 蠕动;扭曲

shamefaced /`Heimfeist/ adj. 害羞的;抱歉的

radiant /`reidj9nt/ adj. 绚丽的;容光焕发的

perseverance /,p8si`vi9r9ns/ n.毅力;坚持

stride /straid/ v.大步行走

① catch sight of 瞥见;看见

A: What happened to her? I heard her shriek.

她怎么了?我听到了她的尖叫声。

B: She caught sight of a mouse in the house.

她看到了一只老鼠跑进屋里来了。

② switch sth. off 关掉;切断(电源等)

A: Don’t switch the TV off, Mum.

妈妈,别关电视。

B: Darling, it’s time to bed.

亲爱的,该睡觉了。

③ pace up and down 来回踱步

A: Where’s my brother?

我的哥哥在哪?

B: Look, he’s pacing up and down, waiting for the train.

看,他正踱来踱去等候火车呢。

Learn Chinese online – 沉鱼落雁【chén yú luò yàn】 – Chinese Charactor

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Introduction:

“chen yu” (sinking fish) “luo yan” (falling geese)are also known as nicknames for ancient Chinese beauties Xi Shi and Wang Zhaojun respectively.And each of these nicknames contains an interesting story.

Text:

沉鱼落雁[chén yú luò yàn]

Extremely beautiful;

Zhēn gè yǒu chén yú luò yàn zhī róng,bì yuè xiū huā zhī mào。

真 个 有 沉 鱼 落 雁 之 容, 闭 月 羞 花 之 貌。

Her charms would have made fish sink and wild geese fall from the sky, and her veauty put the moon and flowers to shame.

Download List:

1.idiom_chenyuluoyan.wmv

Chinese Conversation – Calling a contractor 给承包商打电话 – Learn Mandarin online

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Calling a contractor
A: I have been trying to reach you for the last 3 days!
B: I’m sorry, Mr. Brunt. I’ve been out on a site for the last week.
A: Well, I need to know the specifics about the medical center project. We start building in under two months.
B: I understand, sir. I’ll come by tomorrow morning to talk to you about it, if that’s all right.

给承包商打电话
A:我这三天一直在找你!
B:对不起,勃朗特先生,上星期我上工地了。
A:哦,我需要知道医疗中心工程的规格要求。我们两个月内就要动工了。
B:我明白,先生。我明天上午去和您谈这个问题,如果您方便的话。