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Quote of Week (Advanced Level)

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!

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         ...


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 ...


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 ...


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     ...


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 ...


Hǎi zhī suǒyǐ néng zhuāng nàme duō shuǐ,
海  之    所以   能      装       那么   多    水,
shì yīnwèi tā  de wèizhi zuì dī  —  zuò rén yào dīdiào.
是   因为   它 的 位置   最 低——做   人   要   低调。

 

The reason the sea can hold so much water is because it keeps the lowest position. —Keep a low profile.
 —From “李开复 (Lǐ Kāifù) Li Kaifu,” former ...


Jílì    hé Wò’ěrwò dào xiànzài wéi zhǐ jiéhūn yíshì wán le,
吉利 和  沃尔沃    到    现在    为  止  结婚   仪式  完   了,
yě rù dòngfáng le,  xiànzài pàn de jiù shì háizi.
也 入   洞房      了,现在    盼   的 就 是 孩子。

 

So far, Geely and Volvo have already finished their wedding ceremony and entered the bridal chamber. Now all we want is a baby.
 —From “张炤虎 ...


Chāopiào zhǐyǒu yòng diào le yǐhòu cái shì nǐ  de,
钞票          只有     用    掉    了 以后 才  是 你 的,
dǎ kāi píjiāzi,   kànkan méiyǒu yòng diào de chāopiào,
打 开 皮夹子,看看     没有       用    掉   的     钞票,
shàngmian yìn de shì “Zhōngguó rénmín yínháng,” gēn nǐ méi guānxi.  
上面            印 的 是“  中国         人民       银行”,跟  你 没    关系。

 

Only after the money is spent, it is yours. Open the ...


Wǒ bú zàihu qǐdiǎn yǒu duō gāo, zuì zhòngyào de shì zhōngdiǎn.
我   不 在乎    起点   有   多   高, 最    重要       的  是      终点。

 

I don’t care how I started, but I do care where I end up.
                     — From Yao Ming, a Chinese NBA player, when asked if there was connection between his height and his success.
生词 (shēngcí) Vocabulary

 

 起点 ...


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