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Quote of Week (Intermediate 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!

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 ...


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

 


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 ...


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 ...


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

Learn Mandarin Chinese Vocabulary:

擅长(shàncháng) v. to ...


Yào xiǎng dádào yí gè gèng hǎo de zhuàngtài, nǐ bìxū cóng xiǎoshì zuò qǐ,
要     想     达到   一 个 更     好   的    状态,    你 必须   从   小事    做   起,
cóng yí gè bǐjiào dī de mùbiāozuò qǐ.
从     一个 比较 低 的 目标    做 起。

 

To achieve a better condition, you must start with the basics, beginning with the minor ...


Wǒ bìng bù juéde zìjǐ shì míng èrshíqī suì de lǎo yùndòngyuán le,
我    并    不  觉得 自己是  名      27      岁 的 老     运动员       了,
shēntǐ qítā bùwèi ràng wǒ juéde zìjǐ hái xiàng èrshí suì yíyàng.
身体    其他 部位 让  我    觉得 自己还 像      20     岁 一样。

 

I don't think I am already a 27-year-old athlete, because my body makes me feel ...


Yáo Míng guīlái ràng wǒ hěn shòuyì, méiyǒu rén néng qǔdài tā dē zuòyòng.
姚    明     归来   让    我   很    受益, 没有    人    能      取代     他 的 作用。

 

I benefit greatly from Yao Ming's return. No one can substitute for him.
—From 阿隆•布鲁克斯 (Ālóng• Bùlǔkèsī) Aaron Brooks, on Sep. 25, 2010 
Vocabulary:
受益 (shòuyì): v. to benefit from

 

取代 (qǔdài): v. to substitute for

 

作用 ...


Wǒ yìzhí duì zìjǐ shuō, nánrén sānshí yì zhī huā, zhège niánlíng yīnggāi dàibiǎo
我   一直 对 自己说, 男人      三十   一 枝 花,  这个   年龄       应该      代表     
lìng yì zhǒng kāishǐ.
另    一 种      开始。

 

     
I tell myself all the time: a thirty-year-old man is like a blossom; this age should stand for a new beginning.
—From "姚明 (Yáo Míng)Yao Ming," ...


Wǒ xīn lǐ chōngmǎn le gǎn'ēn hé yùnqi, wǒ hái bù rú Shīwǎxīngé, yuǎn yuǎn bù  rú
我 心 里      充满    了 感恩     和  运气,我 还   不 如 施瓦辛格, 远      远   不 如
tā.
他。

 

My heart is filled with gratitude and I am very lucky. But I am not as good as Schwarzenegger, much less so.
—From "马云 (Mǎ Yún) Ma Yun," the ...


Wǒ xīwàng Yáo Míng huīfù jiànkāng bìngqiě nénggòu huíguī.
我   希望      姚    明    恢复    健康       并且      能够       回归。

 

I hope Yao Ming will get better and return to his team.  —From "科比•布莱恩特 (Kēbǐ•Bùlái'ēntè) Kobe Bryant," on Aug. 16, 2010.

Mandarin Language Vocabulary:

我 (wǒ): pron. I/me 

 

希望 (xīwàng): v. to hope

 

健康 (jiànkāng): n. health

 

回归 (huíguī): v. to return

 


Dāng rénmen wèn jí wǒ nǎ yí gè jìnqiú shì zuì jīngcǎi, piàoliang de,

当        人们     问  及我 哪一 个  进球   是  最   精彩、   漂亮      的,

wǒ de huídá shì:  xià yí gè!

我 的 回答    是:下一 个!

 

When I was asked which the most wonderful goal was, my answer was: the next (goal)!  —From "贝利 (Bèilì) Pele," one of ...


Zhè zhǒng fànguī jiù xiāngdāngyú qìchē zhuīwěi, fù zérèn de zǒng shì hòumian de rén.
这     种       犯规  就    相当于        汽车    追尾, 负 责任  的  总     是   后面      的  人。

 

This kind of foul is like rear-end collision, and the one behind always has to take the responsibility. —From "刘建宏 (Liú Jiànhóng) Liu Jianhong," a famous sports commentator in China, on ...


Huáicái jiù xiàng huáiyùn, shíjiān jiǔ le  cái néng kàn chūlái.
怀才      就 像      怀孕,   时间   久 了 才   能    看   出来。

 

It takes a long time to find one’s talent just as it takes long to find out someone is pregnant.
                                        —From 易中天 Yi Zhongtian, a famous scholar in China.
生词 (shēngcí) Vocabulary

 

怀孕 (huáiyùn): ...


Míngcì hé róngyù, jiù xiàng tiānshàng de yún, bùnéng tǎng jìnqù, tǎng jìnqù jiù diē xiàlái le.
名次     和   荣誉,就   像     天   上      的   云, 不能    躺    进去,躺    进去 就  跌 下来了。

 

Rank and honor are just like the clouds in the sky. You’ll fall down if you lie on them.
             —From “俞敏洪 (Yú Mǐnhóng) Yu Minhong.” ...


Wǒ bù zhīdào shénme shì shíshàng, dàn wǒ zhīdào wǒ yìzhí zài yǐnlǐng shíshàng. 我   不  知道     什么      是     时尚,  但    我   知道   我 一直 在  引领     时尚。

 

I've no idea what fashion is, but I know that I have been leading the fashion trend.       –From "芙蓉姐姐 (Fúróng jiějie) Sister Furong" or Miss Lotus, one ...


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