Mandarin presentation by a 22 year-old hooligan [intermediate]

Posted by Grace Feng on May 3, 2013

A 22 year-old hooligan who claimed to have never done anything good in his 22 years of life, finally woke up to reality with his Mom’s help. It’s a touching story that reflects the current social issues of China and the transition of himself from a soulless thug into a loving young man.

Yes, Chinese education system needs to give a good reflection on its moral and ethic education. The issue has become rather serious for the new single-child generations.

To help you understand better of the mandarin presentation, you need to know what exactly is 弟子规 dìzǐ guī, which he mentioned quite often in his story. It is translated as Standards for being a Good Pupil and Child. Wiki has a good description of it:

Ti Tzu Kui (simplified Chinese: 弟子规; traditional Chinese: 弟子規; pinyinDìzǐ GuīPe̍h-ōe-jī: Tē-chú-kui, Standards for being a Good Pupil and Child) was written in the Qing Dynasty during the reign of the Kangxi Emperor (r. 1661-1722) by Li Yuxiu. The book is based on the ancient teaching of the Chinese philosopher Confucius that emphasises the basic requisites for being a good person and guidelines for living in harmony with others.[1] Like the San Zi Jing (another classic Chinese children’s text), it is written in three-character verses. The source for the main outline of it is from Analects of Confucius,[2] Book 1, Chapter 6, where Confucius said:

A young man should be a good son at home and an obedient young man abroad, sparing of speech but trustworthy in what he says, and should love the multitude at large but cultivate the friendship of his fellow men. If he has any energy to spare from such action, let him devote it to making himself cultivated.

His mandarin is clear and his story is told in a comfortable speed. I believe it’s a very useful Learn Mandarin video. I’d like to rate the material as intermediate level. See if you can understand most of it?


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