Sunday, October 29, 2006

Episode Nine: Chinese Tea
This episode discusses the Chinese tea culture, people's ways of drinking tea, and the influence of this culture to the west.

'Word of the Day' include:
1. 茶,茶叶 ‘cha2, cha2ye4’ (tea,tea leaves): 中国有很多地方都出产茶叶。(There are many places in China producing tea.)
2. 喝茶 ‘he1cha2’ (to drink tea): 我喜欢在早上喝茶。(I like to drink tea in the morning.)
3. 绿茶,红茶 ‘lü4cha2, hong2cha2’ (green tea, black tea): 在中国,很多南方人喜欢喝绿茶,而红茶并不普遍。(In China, people from the south like to drink green tea, and whereas black tea is not very common.)

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Episode Eight: Chinese Music -- Classical and Folk
This episode introduces 4 well-known pieces of Chinese classical and folk music as well as some basic knowledge about Chinese musical instruments. The music pieces are 'Er4 Quan2 Ying4 Yue4,' 'Yu2 Zhou1 Chang4 Wan3,' 'Shi2 Mian4 Mai2 Fu4,' and 'Mo4 Li4 Hua1.' Enjoy!

'Word of the Day' include:

1. 音乐 'yin1yue4' (music): 中国古典音乐的历史非常悠久。(The history of Chinese classical music is very long.)

2. 乐器 'yue4qi4' (musical instrument): 琴是一种中国古典乐器。(Qin is a type of Chinese classical musical instrument.)

3. 民歌 'min2ge1' (Folk Song): 茉莉花是一首有名的中国民歌。(Jasmine is a popular Chinese folk song.)

Friday, October 06, 2006

Episode Seven: Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!

This special holiday episode talks about the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, the lunar calendar, the origin, the traditions, the food, and all the holiday FUN!

'Word of the Day' include:
1. 节日 ‘jie2ri4’ (Holiday, Festival): 中秋节是一个中国的传统节日。(Mid-Autumn Festival is a traditional Chinese holiday.)
2. 中秋节 ’zhong1qiu1jie2’ (Mid-Autumn Festival): 中秋节快乐!(Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!)
3. 月,月亮 ‘yue4’ ‘yue4liang4’ (moon): 月亮在中秋节总是圆的。 (The moon is always full on Mid-Autumn. )
4. 月饼 ‘yue4bing2’ (moon cake): 中国人在中秋节会吃月饼。(Chinese eat moon cakes on Mid-Autumn Festival.)

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