Learn Mandarin Online Short Story – 她的故事 Her Story [1] (Intermediate)

Posted by Grace Feng on July 28, 2012

Learn Mandarin Online via reading mini short story is a good way to improve your language skills. Take a small bite a day. Don’t rush yourself. As long as you persist on reading and learning, when you finish the story, you’ll be surprised at how much you’ve learned.

This story is the very first short story that I’ve written for this blog. I enjoyed writing it, and I hope you will enjoy reading it too. I’d be really happy to hear any feedback from your reading and learning experience, no matter it’s positive or negative. Any corrections on my English translation is also welcomed, I need help on my English writing as well, please help! Thanks … :-)

There are vocabulary table, pinyin and English translation to help you read and learn new words and expressions. Hope these annotations do help …

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Have a cup of whatever drink you like … and now let’s start …

Learn Mandarin Online Mini Chinese Novel - 她的故事 Her Story [1]

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 [simplified Chinese]

她, 一个温柔清秀的女孩儿, 从小被养父母抚养长大。养父母不能生育,对她如亲生女儿一样宠爱。




城市里长大的她被那些热血沸腾的战斗故事深深吸引。并且悄悄爱上了在战斗中失去双腿的他。她主动到医院照顾他,陪他说话,为他擦洗, 两颗年轻的心紧紧的靠到了一起。




[traditional Chinese]

她, 一個溫柔清秀的女孩兒, 從小被養父母撫養長大。養父母不能生育,對她如親生女兒一樣寵愛。








他,陪他說話,為他擦洗, 兩顆年輕的心緊緊的靠到了一







tā, yī gè wēnróu qīngxiù de nǚháir, cóngxiǎo bèi yǎng fùmǔ fǔyǎng zhǎngdà。 yǎng fùmǔ bùnéng shēngyù, duì tā rú qīnshēng nǚ’ér yīyàng chǒng’ài。

nà yī nián, zhōng yuè biānjìng zhèngzài dǎzhàng。 xuéxiào lǐ zǔzhī xuésheng qù bùduì yīyuàn tīng yīng mó de yǎnjiǎng。 jiùshì cóngqián xiàn dǎzhàng huílai de zhànshì gěi dàjiā jiǎng zhànzhēng de gùshi。 guòhòu, tóngxué men hái yào qù bìngfáng kànwàng liáoshāng de shìbīng。

chéngshì lǐ zhǎngdà de tā bèi nàxiē rèxuèfèiténg de zhàndòu gùshi shēnshēn xīyǐn。 bìngqiě qiāoqiāo àishàng le zài zhàndòu zhōng shīqù shuāngtuǐ de tā。 tā zhǔdòng dào yīyuàn zhàogu tā, péi tā shuōhuà, wéi tā cāxǐ, liǎng kē niánqīng de xīn jǐnjǐn de kào dàoliǎo yīqǐ。 zài tā kāngfù chūyuàn de nà yī tiān, shíliù suì de tā xiàng jiārén xuānbù, tā yào fàngqì xuéyè hé tā jiéhūn, suí tā jià dào biānyuǎn de shānqū。


[vocabulary table]

Simplified Chinese Traditional Chinese Mandarin Pinyin English Definition
温柔 溫柔 wen1 rou2 gentle and soft; tender;
清秀 清秀 qing1 xiu4 delicate and pretty;
养父 養父 yang3 fu4 foster, adopted father;
抚养 撫養 fu3 yang3 to foster; to bring up; to raise;
生育 生育 sheng1 yu4 to bear; to give birth
亲生 親生 qin1 sheng1 born to oneself (i.e. one’s natural child);
宠爱 寵愛 chong3 ai4 to dote on sb;
中越 中越 Zhong1 yue4 Sino-Vietnam (relations);
边境 邊境 bian1 jing4 frontier; border;
打仗 打仗 da3 zhang4 to fight a battle; to go to war;
组织 組織 zu3 zhi1 organize;
部队 部隊 bu4 dui4 army
医院 醫院 yi1 yuan4 hospital
英模 英模 Ying1 mo2 Soldier with medal
演讲 演講 yan3 jiang3 lecture; to make a speech;
前线 前線 qian2 xian4 frontier of a battle field;
打仗 打仗 da3 zhang4 to fight a battle; to go to war;
战士 戰士 zhan4 shi4 fighter; soldier; warrior; CL:個|个[ge4];
战争 戰爭 zhan4 zheng1 war; conflict; CL:場|场[chang2],次[ci4];
过后 過後 guo4 hou4 after the event;
同学们 同學們 tong2 xue2 men5 classmates; fellow students
病房 病房 bing4 fang2 ward (of a hospital); sickroom; CL:間|间[jian1];
看望 看望 kan4 wang4 to visit; to pay a call to;
疗伤 療傷 liao2 shang1 healing; to heal;
士兵 士兵 shi4 bing1 soldier
城市 城市 cheng2 shi4 city
热血 熱血 re4 xue4 hot blood
沸腾 沸騰 fei4 teng2 boiling
深深 深深 shen1 shen1 deep; profound;
吸引 吸引 xi1 yin3 to attract (interest, investment etc); CL:個|个[ge4];
悄悄 悄悄 qiao3 qiao3 quietly;
双腿 雙腿 shuang1 tui3 legs; both legs; two legs;
主动 主動 zhu3 dong4 to take the initiative; spontaneous;
照顾 照顧 zhao4 gu5 to take care of
pei2 to accompany; to keep sb company;
擦洗 擦洗 ca1 xi3 to clean (with water or alcohol); to wipe and wash; to swab; to scrub;
紧紧 緊緊 jin3 jin3 closely; tightly;
kao4 to lean against or on; to stand by the side of;
康复 康復 kang1 fu4 to recuperate; to recover (health); to convalesce;
宣布 宣布 xuan1 bu4 to declare; to announce; to proclaim;
放弃 放棄 fang4 qi4 to renounce; to abandon; to give up;
学业 學業 xue2 ye4 studies; schoolwork;
结婚 結婚 jie2 hun1 to marry; to get married;
sui2 to follow;
jia4 (of a woman) to marry;
边远 邊遠 bian1 yuan3 far from the center; remote;
山区 山區 shan1 qu1 mountain area;


(Special thanks to Thomas Doherty for proofreading and editing my English translation!)

[English translation]

She was a gentle and good looking girl raised by an adoptive family. Her adoptive parents couldn’t bear child of their own. The couple loved her as their own daughter.

That year, Vietnam was having a war with China on the border. School students were organized to visit military hospitals and attend presentations of the soldiers’ medals. They visited the wounded soldiers in the wards afterward.

Growing up in the city, she was deeply drawn to those bloody battle field stories. She even fell in love with a guy, who had lost both legs in the war.

She volunteered to take care of him in the hospital. She talked with him, and helped him to stay clean. The two young hearts became closer and closer. On the day he was released from the hospital, she at the age of 16 made an announcement to her family that she decided to give up her studying and to marry him. She would go with him to live in the remote mountain area.

(Special thanks to Thomas Doherty for proofreading and editing my English translation!)


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9 Responses to “Learn Mandarin Online Short Story – 她的故事 Her Story [1] (Intermediate)”

  1. nothing


    11-04-2013 1:52 am


    This webpage includes one elementary level story and one advanced level chapter from a novel.
    I just updated it today so I hope that all the elements will be properly displayed at least during several months…

    Oh, I would like to write a short and very friendly introduction like Grace does so well in order to draw your attention but I master neither Chinese nor English…English is easier to me though, I can’t deny it. So it is a naked resource ! And no sale, all is free, that means…eh, eh, …no after-sale service here : I ‘m not familiar with Chinese grammar structures or specific expressions. Grace is irreplaceable !

    However, let me give you a piece of advice : make use of the powerful Nciku popping dictionary (toolbar) on your PC to understand better !
    ( Firefox or Google Chrome web browsers also have helpful “add-on” which provide the same service )


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    11-04-2013 9:01 am

    I will give you a new link because everything works well on my tablet -an Ipad- but there is a problem ( due to the server ) on desktop PCs…This evening, when I ‘m back from work, I ‘m going to select a new server and it will be OK soon, the webpage will be directly visible…By the way, you ‘d better use Firefox to get the greatest result.


  3. nothing


    11-04-2013 7:34 pm

    THE NEW LINK that everybody was asking for :


    He, folks, yesterday, I saw that a Chinese-English dictionary could be downloaded on an Ipad.
    I innocently squeezed some Chinese characters in a text… In the first small black popping box, I clicked ‘Define’ and in the second bigger white popping box which said ‘No result’, I clicked ‘Manage’…Yeah, this nice dictionary was there only expecting me to download it ! Cool, so is my happy life !


  4. nothing


    11-09-2013 11:17 am

    字幕 Finding SRT subtitles…

    The best website I ever came to, when I was looking for SRT files.

    You download the zip file, making use of ‘Quickzip free version’ to unzip.
    When the zip file is downloaded in Quickzip, click ‘extract to’ and select the directory from your computer where you want to store your srt files, which were included in that zip file.

    First >>> To get Quickzip free version, go there :

    At the bottom of this Clubic page, you see an orange box “Télécharger version gratuite” (means Download free version), click here to download Quickzip.

    Then >>> Visit Shooter.cn, type the title of the movie in English and in Chinese, and, beware, only SRT files will be visible in your text editor (right-click, open in Notes pad when SRT files are located at the end in your directory).


  5. nothing


    11-24-2013 11:48 am

    Two old webpages : they work fine but I must update them…

    ( a surprise : souvenir, souvenir… )

    ( quizlet.com/ has developed this game )

    Here, ‘games’ means ‘games to learn more Chinese’,
    doesn’t mean ‘games to kill the zombies’ !
    Sorry. :-) Has anyone found a game which would offer both possibilities ?


  6. nothing


    11-26-2013 8:14 pm

    Once you ‘ve got Quickzip free version, the second you click the link on Shooter.cn to download the SRT files, Quickzip is automatically activated !


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    02-21-2016 4:12 pm

    this website is a little bite cool and awesome


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    10-04-2016 10:47 pm

    Wonderful story! :)

    If you’d like, I can provide a better English translation for you. Feel free to email me at aaronthroness@gmail.com and I can compose it and send it to you. :)


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