One good way to learn Mandarin Chinese I've found is to learn words by categories. Which is why I chose to post this story this week. It's one of those stories which contain a moral of the story at the end, which I really like and will be looking towards posting more of these in the near future! I would rate this week's post as Beginner level, as it's generally an easy read with few big words
So I hope you guys like fruits, because you will learn many "fruit words" in this story. Of course this story is not just about fruits, but it did mention several fruits as examples. Please excuse the color spree I went on in this post, they are meant to be the colors of the fruits they represent 🙂
I've listed down all the names of fruits mentioned in Chinese in this short story. I hope you enjoy this story, as I sure did enjoy reading, translating and writing up this post. If you like this story or can relate to it, or just have any questions, please leave a comment below...
苹果(Ping2 Guo3) - apple
橘子(Ju2 Zi) - orange
李子(Li3 Zi) - plum
桃子(Tao2 Zi) - peach
香蕉(Xiang1 Jiao1) - banana
葡萄(Pu2 Tao2) - grape
西瓜(Xi1 Ga1) - watermelon
橘子(Ju2 Zi) - mandarin
素昧平生(Su4 Wei4 Ping2 Sheng1) - it is used to describe someone who you never ever met before
Soon after, when these six people obtained some fruits they in turn shared their fruits with him. As a result, he ate oranges, pears, peaches, bananas and watermelons, so he got the chance to taste six different fruit flavours as well as see a variety of 6 different colours of fruit.
More importantly, these six people who were originally strangers eventually became his friends and business partners. So the moral of this story is quite simple and interesting, but yet meaningful, and it reveals to us this lesson: only if we learn how to share, then only can we reap a greater harvest.