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绕口令 (ràokǒulìng) Tongue Twister (Beginner)

Apr. 6, 2010

绕口令 (ràokǒulìng) Tongue Twister


茄子和鞋子 (qiézi hé xiézi) Eggplant and Shoes


Listen to the tongue twister


Key Learning Points (Preview):

鞋子 (xiézi): n shoe


茄子 (qiézi): n eggplant


Yígè xiǎo háizi,
一个 小    孩子,


There was a little child,

Shǒu ná shuāng xiézi.
手      拿    双       鞋子。


Who had a pair of shoes in his hand.

Kànjiàn dìshàng yǒu qiézi,
看见       地上      有    茄子,


He saw an eggplant on the ground,

Fàng xià xiézi jiǎn qiézi.
放       下 鞋子 捡  茄子。


He put aside the shoes and picked up the eggplant.

Jiǎn qǐ le qiézi,
捡    起了 茄子,


As he picked up the eggplant,

Wàngjì le xiézi.
忘记    了 鞋子。


He forgot his shoes.

Key Learning Points:

鞋子 (xiézi): n shoe


The character "鞋 (xié)" means shoe. "子 ()" here, is an auxiliary word. when "子" is placed in front of a character or is used alone, it takes the falling and raising (i.e., 3rd) tone.


子女 (zǐnǚ) children/ sons and daughters


Tā hěn téng'ài zìjǐ  de zǐnǚ.
他 很     疼爱     自己 的子女。


He is very affectionate towards his children.

when "子" is placed after a character, it takes the light tone.


Wǒ de xiézi pò le, míngtiān děi mǎi shuāng xīn de.
我 的 鞋子 破 了,明天     得    买     双     新 的。


My shoes were damaged, and I have to buy a new pair tomorrow.

Many foreigners find it difficult to pronounce the initial consonant "x." The followings are some Chinese words or expressions beginning with "x." 写 (xiě) to write


下课 (xiàkè) class dismissed


心情很好 (xīnqíng hěnhǎo) be in a good mood


茄子 (qiézi): n eggplant


The character "茄 (qié)" means eggplant and "子 ()" is an auxiliary word here. It is common for foreigners to say "cheese" when they take photos but Chinese people prefer to say "茄子 (qiézi)."


A: Nǐ zuì xǐhuan chī nǎ zhǒng shūcài?     
    你 最  喜欢   吃 哪   种        蔬菜?


     Which is your favorite vegetable?

B: Qiézi! hóng shāo qiézi shì wǒ zuì xǐhuan de yí dào cài.     
     茄子!红      烧    茄子 是 我 最 喜欢   的 一 道    菜。


     Eggplant! "Hongshao eggplant" is my favorite dish.

The initial consonant "q" is difficult for Chinese learners to pronounce as well. Here are some Chinese words and expressions beginning with "q."

请进 (qǐngjìn) come in, please


汽车 (qìchē) car


穷人 (qióngrén) the poor


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