Reading, Listening and Speaking practice 9

Posted by Grace Feng on April 19, 2013

JLC Chinese Reading, Listening and Speaking practice 9This practice is best to be taken after Lesson 13 to 18.

To go to previous practice, click here: Reading, Listening and Speaking practice 8

Please study the new words in the table before each scene first and then move on to the article. The whole article is devided into four scenes. You don’t need to study all four scenes at once. Take one at a time if you will.

You’re recommended to read the article for at least once all on your own without the audio. Then turn on the audio and read again. You can always pause or rewind the audio by clicking or sliding your mouse on the player’s progressing bar while you’re learning with the recording. Once you’ve understood all the content and recognized all the sentence patterns we used in the article, take your time to repeat with the recording until you can fluently read out loud through the whole article on your own.

PS: To listen to the pronunciation of the new words in the new word table, please click on  the pinyin for each character in the word. Please try to figure out the pronunciation through the pinyin first all by yourself. Don’t worry that you can’t get it right. You can progress much faster if you don’t rely on help and always try yourself first.

Simplified Chinese Traditional Chinese Mandarin Pinyin English Definition
觉得 覺得 jue2 de5 to think; to feel
fu2 roll; classifier for textiles or pictures;
hua4 painting
gua4 to hang or suspend (from a hook etc)
沙发 沙發 sha1 fa1 sofa 
上面 上面 shang4 mian5 on top of
水晶 水晶 shui3 jing1 crystal
zai4 again; once more
zhi3 only; merely
如果 如果 ru2 guo3 if
ting1 hall; large meeting room
布置 佈置 bu4 zhi4 to arrange; to decorate
suan4 to calculate
总共 總共 zong3 gong4 altogether; in total;
需要 需要 xu1 yao4 to need
换成 換成 huan4 cheng2 to exchange (sth) for (sth else)
颜色 顏色 yan2 se4 color
房子 房子 fang2 zi5 house
混起来 混起来 hun2 qi3 lai5 to mix
主意 主意 zhu3 yi5 plan; idea
没错 沒錯 mei2 cuo4 that’s right; sure!

Zhou Yang, a manager that worked in a hotel, was planning on setting up a few meeting rooms for a big event. He’s discussing with another employee on how to decorate the rooms and how many decorations they needed.

< Scene 1 >


zhōu yáng:” xiǎo wáng, nǐ juéde bǎ zhè liǎng fú huà guà shāfā shàngmian zěnmeyàng?”



xiǎo wáng:” shāfā shàng yǐjīng guà le shíbā gè xiǎo shuǐjīng rén le, zài guà liǎng fú huà shìbùshì tài duō le? wǒmen zhǐ guà yī fú huà zěnmeyàng?”



zhōu yáng:” hǎo ā, zhèyàng yě kěyǐ。 rúguǒ měiyī gè tīng dōu zhèyàng bùzhì, nǐ néng bùnéng suàn yīxià zǒnggòng xūyào duōshao fù huà, duōshao gè shuǐjīng rén ne?”



xiǎo wáng:” ràng wǒ xiǎng xiǎng。 wǒmen zǒng gòngyǒu sì gè tīng。 měi gè tīng yǒu liù gè shāfā。 rúguǒ měi gè shāfā shàng guà yī fù huà hé shíbā gè shuǐjīng rén, jiù xūyào èrshí sì fù huà, hé sì bǎi sānshí èr gè shuǐjīng rén。”



zhōu yáng:” rúguǒ bǎ shíbā gè shuǐjīng rén huànchéng sānshí gè bùtóng yánsè de xiǎo mù fángzi, nà wǒmen xūyào duōshao xiǎo mù fángzi ne?”



xiǎo wáng:” nà wǒmen jiù xūyào qī bǎi èrshí gè xiǎo mù fángzi。 wǒmen kě bùkěyǐ bǎ shuǐjīng rén hé xiǎo mù fángzi hùn qilai guà? měi gè shāfā shàng guà èrshí gè shuǐjīng rén hé èrshí gè xiǎo mù fángzi?”



zhōu yáng:” xíng! hǎo zhǔyi! zhèyàng wǒmen jiù xūyào sì bǎi bāshí gè shuǐjīng rén hé sì bǎi bāshí gè xiǎo mù fángzi。 duì ma?”

周杨:”行! 好主意! 这样我们就需要四百八十个水晶人和四百八十个小木房子。对吗?”


xiǎo wáng:” méicuò!”



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[ translation ]

Zhou Yang:”Xiao Wang, what about hanging the two picture up above the sofa? ”

Xiao Wang:”There are already eighteen crystal men hung up there, would that be too much if we add two pictures there? What about we only add one?”

Zhou Yang :”All right, this is fine too. If we decorate each hall this way, could you calculate how many pictures and crystal men we need in total?”

Xiao Wang:”Let me think. We have four halls in total. Each hall has six sofas. If we hang one picture and eighteen crystal men above each sofa, we’ll need twenty four pictures and four hundred and thirty two crystal men.”

Zhou Yang :”If we swap eighteen crystal men with thirty color-diversified tiny wooden houses, then how many tiny houses we need?”

Xiao Wang :”Then we’ll need seven hundred and twenty tiny wooden houses. Can we mix crystal men and tiny wooden houses together? So each sofa has twenty crystal men and twenty tiny wooden houses hung above it?”

Zhou Yang:”OK, good idea! Then we’ll have four hundred and eighty crystal men and four hundred and eighty tiny wooden houses all together, right?”

Xiao Wang:”Exactly. ”




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2 Responses to “Reading, Listening and Speaking practice 9”

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    Benjamin Cai:

    04-20-2013 12:53 pm

    I do not recommend people to learn Chinese start from learning Chinese grammar. You will certainly concentrate on grammar regulations and concentrate on evaluating Chinese when you look into grammar regulations. In shorts, when you think of Chinese, you consider the grammar, subject, predicate, object every little thing. For writing Chinese, that’s ok Simply because when you write Chinese you have time. You could go gradually. You could write extremely gradually, you could consider it, you could eliminate your error. For talking, certainly there is no time to think of laws, the sentence framework in Chinese when you talking and listening closely. Well, I am a native Chinese speaker and I could tell you I never ever studied grammar regulations till secondary school. And we looked into grammar fundamentals simply for composing.


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      Grace Feng:

      04-21-2013 6:58 pm

      Hi Benjamin,

      I understand for native speaker the usual path begins with listening and speaking and then reading and writing. That’s the natrual way for a child to gradually learn his/her own mother tongue. However, for adult learner to learn a second language, we need to find a more aggressive way to shorten the learning path and take advantage of the intelligence level of an adult learner.

      Language itself can be viewed as a tree, with grammar as its tree trunk and vocabulary as its leaves. Vocab could be a life long study, but grammar is achievable in a limited time frame. There’s no reason, in my opinion, that grammar has to wait till later when a certain amount of vocabs and short sentences are learned. If you know a bit of the trunk and a bit of the leaves, at least you can draw a small tree out. If you only know one side of the tree, you definitely can not draw a tree. My recommendation is to begin with grammar and vocab all together.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts!



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