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Read Chinese Story: 矛和盾的故事 (Máo hé dùn de gùshi) The Story of Spear and Shield (Beginner)

Jul. 21, 2010

矛和盾的故事 (Máo hé dùn de gùshi) The Story of Spear and Shield


Key Learning Points (Preview):

卖 (mài): v. to sell


问 (wèn): v. to ask


Yǒu yí gè Chǔguó rén, mài dùn yòu mài máo.
有    一个   楚国     人,卖   盾   又    卖   矛。


In the State of Chu, there was a man who was selling both shields and spears.

kuāyào  zìjǐ de dùn, shuō:  “Wǒ de dùn jiāngù wú  bǐ,
他   夸耀    自己的 盾, 说:“我   的  盾    坚固   无 比,
rènhé fēnglì de dōngxi dōu chuān bú tòu tā.”
任何    锋利  的 东西     都     穿     不 透 它”。


He would proudly exclaim: “My shield is so strong that it can not be pierced.” 

Tā yòu kuāyào  zìjǐ  de máo, shuō: “Wǒ de máo fēnglì jí le,
他 又    夸耀    自己的   矛,  说:“我   的  矛   锋利 极了,
shénme jiāngù de dōngxi dōu néng cì chuān.”
什么       坚固   的 东西    都     能    刺 穿”。


He would continue to boast the strength of his spear: “My spear is so strong that it can pierce through anything.”

Yǒu rén wèn tā:    “Rúguǒ yòng nín de máo cì  nín de dùn, jiéguǒ huì zěnme yàng ne?”
有    人    问   他:“如果     用   您   的   矛  刺 您 的  盾, 结果    会   怎么    样    呢”?


One day someone asked him: “What happens if I try to pierce your shield with your spear?”

Nà rén zhāngkǒujiéshé, yí jù huà yě  dá bú shàng lái.
那 人       张口结舌,    一 句 话   也 答不     上    来。


Confused and bewildered, he fell silent.

Key Learning Points:

卖 (mài): v. to sell


The antonym of “卖 (mài)” is “买 (mǎi) to buy.”


    Zhè jiàn yīfu  zěnme mài ne?
A: 这    件  衣服 怎么    卖   呢?


    How much is this dress?

    Yì bǎi kuài qián.
B: 一百   块     钱。


    One hundred Yuan.

Jīnqián mǎi bú dào xìngfú.
金钱      买   不  到   幸福。


Money can’t buy happiness.

问 (wèn): v. to ask




Tāngmǔ wèn nǐ wǎnshang yǒu shíjiān ma. Tā xiǎng zhǎo nǐ shuō jǐ jù huà.
汤姆        问  你    晚上       有     时间   吗,他   想     找    你  说   几句 话。


Tom asked whether you have time tonight. He wanted to talk to you for a while.

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I’m amazed, I must say. Rarely do I come across a blog that’s equally educative and entertaining, and let me tell you, you’ve hit the nail on the head. The problem is something too few men and women are speaking intelligently about. Now i’m very happy that I found this during my search for something concerning this.

What is the moral of the story?

他不想参与这种不正当的买卖。He doesn’t want to take part in such dishonest business deal. Hope you can use this Chinese phrase correctly.

I can read Chinese words but I can’t use them properly. Can anyone give me an example of how to use “买卖?”

Actually, “买卖” is a noun, it means a small business or a business transactions.

I have a question while reading this Chinese story: Since “买” and “卖” are both verb, is “买卖” also a verb?

The moral of the story is to tell people that we should seek truth from facts and avoid self-contradictory while speaking and acting.

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