Posted by Grace Feng on August 30, 2013
My dear readers, may I ask you a simple question, “Do you think the world is beautiful in your eyes? 世界, 在你眼中美丽吗 shìjiè, zài nǐ yǎnzhōng měilì ma?” Don’t rush on answering that question.
Don’t answer, but look, look at the surroundings of where you are. Could you see the beauty of life anywhere? Or, all that you can see are things that you hate to see?
No matter what angle you like to observe the world from, I’d recommend you to read this story. I’ve written it in Elementary Level Chinese. I heard about it on the radio when I was very little. It permanently stuck to my head since then. That’s why I want to tell you about it, then it probably will stick to your head too. Let’s start with part one.
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|Simplified Chinese||Traditional Chinese||Mandarin Pinyin||English Definition|
|健康||jiàn kāng||health; healthy;|
|病房||bìng fáng||ward (of a hospital)|
|认识||認識||rèn shi||to know; to be familiar with|
|靠||kào||be close to|
|开心||開心||kāi xīn||to feel happy|
xiǎode shíhou， tīng guò yī gè gùshi。
gùshi zhōng yǒu liǎng gè niánqīng nǚzǐ。
yǒu yī gè yǒu xīnzàngbìng， jiào xiǎo méi。
lìngyī gè hěn jiànkāng， jiào zhēn zhēn。
yǒu yī tiān， xiǎo méi shuāi le yī jiāo， yòu tuǐ duàn le， zhù jìn le yīyuàn。
ér zhēn zhēn yě zài tóngyī tiān chū chēhuò， liǎng tiáo tuǐ dōu duàn le。
yīnwèi zhù zài tóngyī jiān bìngfáng， tāmen jiù zhèyàng rènshi le。
bìngfáng lǐ yǒu liǎng zhāng chuáng， yī zhāng kào chuāngzi， yī zhāng kào mén。
xiǎo méi de chuáng kàochuāng， zhěn zhěn de kào mén。
zhēn zhēn cóng jìnlái nàtiān kāishǐ， jiù juéde shēnghuó méile xīwàng。
yīnwèi shīqù le shuāngtuǐ, tā biànde bù ài shuōhuà， yě bù xiào.
xiǎo méi xiǎng ràng tā kāixīn, jiù jīngcháng hé tā shuōhuà.
dāng tāmen bù shuōhuà de shíhou, xiǎo méi jiù yīgèrén kàn zhe chuāng wài.
Outside of the Window
When I was little, I heard about a story.
There were two young ladies in the story.
One of them was called Xiao Mei, who had heart problems.
The other one was very healthy, called Zhen Zhen.
One day, Xiao Mei had a fall and broke her right leg. She was sent to the hospital after that.
Zhen Zhen was injured in a car accident on the same day, had both of her legs broken.
They therefore stayed in the same room in the hospital and got to know each other.
There were two beds in the room, one close to the window, one close to the door.
Xiao Mei’s bed was close to the window, and Zhen Zhen’s close to the door.
The day Zhen Zhen was sent in, she lost her hope for life.
Due to the loss of both her legs, she became quiet with no smile.
Xiao Mei was hoping to cheer her up, so she struke up conversations with her.
When they were not chatting, Xiao Mei only stared out the window alone.
[To be continued …]
Category: Chinese short stories
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