Can Fans be Weapons in Martial Arts? (Intermediate)

Fan is an instrument for producing a current of air and people use it to keep cool in hot summers. But do you know that fans can also be weapons in martial arts?

In many Chinese martial arts novels and dramas, “扇子 (shànzi) fans” are used as weapons.

A chivalrous person can defeat many enemies with only a small fan. As this video shows, two foreigners use fans as weapons to fight each other.

Besides, they play the fans quite “漂亮 (piàoliang) beautifully” showing a great charm of the Chinese Kung-Fu.

In ancient times, scholars also liked fans. They loved to write words and paint on their fans to show their Chinese writing and painting skills.

Fans in China have a rich cultural heritage and are a part of the national Chinese culture. China was once named as “the kingdom of fans.”

There were a large variety of fans in ancient China. But what were really loved by the collectors were only folding fans and round fans.

Now there are four groups of people who like to use fans the most.

The first group is the story tellers and cross talkers. The second group is the chess players. The scholars and the artists represent the third group. The last group is the dancers (fan dancing).

Key Learning Points:
扇子 (shànzi): n fan


Shàn wénhuà shì Zhōngguó wénhuà zhī yī.
1.   扇文化是中国文化之一。
Fan culture is part of the Chinese culture.

Zài xiàtiān, rénmen yòng shànzi shānfēng jiàngwēn.
2.  在夏天,人们用扇子扇风降温。
People often use fans to keep cool in summer.

漂亮 (piàoliàng): adj beautiful

1. “漂亮 (piàoliang) beautiful” is used as adjective.

A: Tā shì yígè piàoliang de gūniang.
She is a beautiful girl.

B: Wǒ rènshí de nǚháizi dōu hěn piàoliang de.
All the girls I know are beautiful.

Note: Please pay attention to the different usages of “beautiful” in the above sentences. Though they both function as adjectives, they are different. The first “beautiful” we call an attributive adjective, and the second one is a predicative adjective.

2. “漂亮 (piàoliang) beautiful” is used as complement.

Tā zǒngshì dǎbàn dé hěn piàoliang.
1).  她总是打扮得很漂亮。
She always dresses herself up beautifully.

Zuótiān, nǐmen nàge qiú jìn de hěn piàoliang.
2).  昨天,你们那个球进得很漂亮。
Yesterday, you shot a beautiful goal!

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