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Quote of Week

eChineseLearning picks famous quotes and words of Chinese wisdom that will be a great help with your Chinese learning. From film stars to athletes and political figures, our FREE Quote of the Week resources will help keep you up-to-date on who’s who and why their words carry such great meaning!

Wúlùn shì guójiā háishì gèrén, zhĭyŏu jiāndìng xìnniàn, míngtiān cái huì gèng měihăo.
“无论   是   国家    还是  个人,只有     坚定     信念,   明天     才 会    更     美好。”
“No matter whether concerning countries or individuals, as long as they continue to keep the faith, all of ...


人物:成龙 (rénwù: chéng lóng) People: Jackie Chan

His devotion to his career
成龙(chéng lóng) Jackie Chan is one of the top 功夫(gōngfu) kungfu stars in the world. As an actor, he is respected for his 敬业(jìngyè) high professional devotion. In movie shooting, he never uses 替身(tìshēn) stuntman and always finishes the dangerous actions by himself. His ...


Kobe is one of the best-known NBA players in China. In 2009, he started writing his Chinese blog on Sina.com, the most popular internet portal in China (disclosure: eChineseLearning is also the only Chinese language provider for Sina). He recently wrote:
Zhōngguó zhēn de shì wŏ zuì xĭhuan de dìfang zhī yī.
“中国         ...


You may never doubt the excellence of Yao Ming on the basketball court. In fact, his wisdom and humor off the court are also quite impressing.
His Wisdom
When he was asked by a Chinese reporter: “are you worried about one day you will be overtaken by a rookie?”
He answered:

Zhè jiùshì bĭsài, xiàng shēnghuó yíyàng, méi ...


Wǒ hái niánqīng, háiyào pīnbó, háiyǒu jīhuì.
我   还     年轻,  还要     拼搏, 还有  机会。

 

I'm still young, I still need to struggle, and I still have a chance. 

—From "刘翔 (Liú Xiáng)  Liu Xiang" on 15th Feb. 2011, when he won third place in the 60mhurdles in Karlsruhe, Germany

 Vocabulary:

年轻 (niánqīng) adj. young

 

机会 (jīhuì)  n. chance

 


Rén de shēnghuó yóu xīndòng hé xíngdòng liǎng gè fāngmiàn zǔ chéng:
人    的   生活         由    心动     和     行动      两    个     方面      组   成:
xīndòng shì xiàngwǎng yuǎnfāng, xíngdòng shì yòng jiǎo zǒuxiàng yuǎnfāng,
心动       是     向往         远方,     行动         是   用    脚     走向       远方,
wǒmen zhǐyǒu bǎ xīn hé jiǎo jiéhé qǐlái, shēngmìng cái néng zǒu de gèng yuǎn.
我们     只有    把 心  和  ...


Wǒmen gòngtóng shēnghuó zài tóng yí gè dìqiú jiāyuán shàng,
我们       共同        生活          在    同 一 个  地球    家园   上,
qǐng zūnzhòng àihù wǒmen de měi yí gè "jiārén."
请    尊重         爱护  我们    的   每  一 个“家人”。

 

We live in the same world, and we should respect and treasure each "member" of this big family.

—From 李连杰 (Lǐ Liánjié) Jet Li, a Chinese ...


Jīyù yídìng dāi zài pàomò lǐ, Facebook gèng xiàng shì pàomò.
机遇一定    呆  在   泡沫  里,Facebook 更     像      是   泡沫。

 

Opportunities must lie in the bubbles, and Facebook is much like a bubble.

—From 宋保强 (Sòng Bǎoqiáng) Song Baoqiang, engaged in IT technology in China.

 Vocabulary:
机遇 (jīyù) n. opportunity

 

泡沫 (pàomò) n. bubble

 

Culture Note:
Renren.com, widely said to be the Chinese version ...


Qíshí chāoyuè zìjǐ degǎnjué shì zuì shuǎng de.
其实    超越   自己  的 感觉    是  最    爽       的。
Xiāngxìn nǐ zìjǐ,suǒyǒu de hǎo chéngji qíshí dōu láiyuán yú zìxìn.
相信     你自己,所有 的   好    成绩     其实  都     来源    于自信。

 

Actually, the best feeling is to exceed yourself. Trust yourself, for all your achievements are from your confidence.

—  From 刘翔 (Liú Xiáng) Liu Xiang, a famous track athlete ...


Kāifàng hé fēnxiǎng bìng bú shì yí gè xuānchuán kǒuhào,
开放      和   分享       并   不  是 一 个   宣传           口号,
yě bú shì yí gè jiǎndān de gàiniàn.
也 不  是 一个   简单    的   概念。
Kāifàng hěn duō shíhou bèi yòng zuò yí gè zī tài,
开放       很    多   时候      被    用   作 一 个 姿态,
dànshì wǒ gèng lǐjiě zhè shì yì ...


Àiqíng shì yìzhǒng xiūxíng, shēnghuó yěshì yìzhǒng xiūxíng, xiūxíng, jiùshì yào xuéhuì
爱情    是   一种       修行,   生活       也是     一种       修行,  修行, 就是  要   学会
miànduì, jiēshòu, kuānróng, lǐjiě, rènmìng.
面对、      接受、    宽容、   理解、认命。

 

Love is cultivation, and life is also cultivation. Cultivation is to learn to face, to accept, to tolerate, to understand and to submit ...


Wǒ rènwéi fūqī yīnggāi wánquán píngděng.
我   认为    夫妻   应该   完全         平等。
Fūqī yìjiàn yíyàng shí tīng zhàngfu de, fūqī yìjiàn bù tóng shí tīng tàitai de.
夫妻 意见   一样   时   听      丈夫  的,夫妻 意见不   同    时  听   太太 的。

 

I think a husband and wife should be equal in all things. When the husband and wife are in ...


Hūnyīn zěnme xuǎn dōu shì cuò de, chángjiǔ de hūnyīn jiùshì jiāngcuòjiùcuò.
婚姻     怎么    选     都    是   错 的, 长久     的    婚姻    就是    将错就错。

 

No matter how you choose to marry, it's a mistake. To stay married long-term is to make the best of the mistake without correcting it.

—A Line from "非诚勿扰2 (Fēi chéng wù rǎo èr) If You Are The ...


Wǒ zìjǐ juéde méiyǒu shénme xīntài shàng de gǎibiàn,
我 自己觉得    没有     什么     心态    上      的    改变,
dāngrán wǒ niánjì yuè lái yuè dà le, kěnéng yuè lái yuè yǒu jīngyàn le,
当然       我   年纪  越 来 越 大 了,可能       越 来 越   有   经验    了,
shēnghuó lǚlì yě yuè lái yuè duō le. Dànshì shíjì shàng, duìdài chuàngzuò,
生活        履历  也 越 ...


Téngxùn cónglái méiyǒu nǎ yì tiān kěyǐ gāozhěnwúyōu.
腾讯        从来       没有   哪 一 天  可以   高枕无忧。
Shí'èr nián lái, wǒmen měi tiān dōu rúlǚbóbīng,
  12     年   来,我们      每  天    都   如履薄冰,
shǐzhōng dānxīn mǒu gè shūlòu suíshí huì gěi wǒmen
始终         担心    某    个  疏漏     随时    会 给    我们 
zhìmìng yì jī, shǐzhōng dānxīn yònghù huì pāoqì wǒmen.
致命     一 击,始终      担心     用户     ...


Zuò císhàn xūyào bú duàn xuéxí. Zuò le zhème duō nián císhàn, yě ràng wǒ xué dào
做    慈善     需要   不  断     学习。做   了 这么    多    年    慈善,也   让    我  学   到
hěn duō dōngxi. Qǐng dàjiā yídìng jiàodǎo wǒ, wǒ huì zuò gèng duō de shàn shì.
很     多   东西。  请    大家   一定    教导    我,我 会  做    更     多   的   善   事。

 

In doing charity, one needs ...


Liú Xiáng réng shì wéiyī jùxīng, shuí néng chūrèn xīn lǐngjūnren?
刘翔          仍    是  唯一 巨星, 谁    能      出任     新   领军人?

 

Liu Xiang is still the only superstar. Who else can take over as the new leader in sports?

—reported by Xinhua net after Liu Xiang won gold in the men's 110 meter hurdles during the 16th Asian Games on ...


Rén de qiánlì shì wúxiàn de, yì gè rén jiù xiàng xiàngpíjīn yíyàng, 
人    的 潜力   是 无限   的,一 个人   就   像    橡皮筋      一样,  
xūyào búduàn de lā, zài zhè gè guòchéng zhōng tiǎozhàn zìjǐ
需要      不断  地  拉,在 这  个    过程        中      挑战      自己
de jíxiàn, bú duàn kuòzhǎn zìjǐ de nénglì.
的 极限,不 断      扩展     自己的 能力。

 

The potential of human ...


Wǒ juéde shìbó yīngggāi yǒngyuǎn yǒngyuǎn de chíxù xiàqu,
我   觉得   世博    应该       永远          永远        地  持续 下去,
wǒ zhēnxīn de xīwàng shìjiè shàng de měi yígè rén
我 真心      地  希望     世界   上      的  每   一个 人
dōu kěyǐ hùxiāng xuéxí qítā guójiā.
都   可以 互相     学习  其他 国家。

 

I think the World Expo will continue forever. I sincerely hope everyone in ...


Wǒ zài zuò wǒ xǐhuan hé shàncháng de shìqing,
我   在  做   我   喜欢   和   擅长          的   事情,
wǒ měitiān de gōngzuò jiùshì wǒ de xiǎngshòu!
我  每天      的   工作     就是   我 的   享受!

 

I'm doing what I am fond of and good at. My daily work gives me joy!
—From 李彦宏(Lǐ Yánhóng)Li Yanhong, the CEO of Baidu

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