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Kids’ Chinese Story: The Tortoise and the Hare

Nov. 29, 2010

The Race between the Hare and the Tortoise (Beginner) 龟兔赛跑


"The Hare and the Tortoise" is a remarkable story, well-known among both children and adults in China. It is great material in Chinese for kids to learn.

Listen to the whole story:


Wūguī pǎo báitù tiào,
乌龟     跑    白兔   跳,


The tortoise ran. The hare jumped.

chángcháng lù bǐsài pǎo.
长长             路 比赛   跑。


They were having a long distance race.

Xiǎo tùzi hěn jiāoào,
小   兔子 很     骄傲,


The hare was very proud of his speed,

bàn lùshang shuìzháo le.
半    路上        睡着      了。


and he slept midway through.

Xiǎo wūguī bùtíng pǎo,
小     乌龟   不停     跑,


But the tortoise kept running without stopping,

dào hòulái jìng xiāndào.
到    后来    竟    先到。


till he was the first to reach the finish line.

Xiǎo wūguī hāhā xiào,
小     乌龟    哈哈  笑,


In the end, the tortoise laughed happily,

xiǎo báitù xiū sǐle.
小    白兔  羞  死了。


and the hare felt very ashamed.


白兔(báitù) n. hare


乌龟(wūguī) n. tortoise


跑(pǎo) v. to run


骄傲(jiāoào) adj. proud


羞(xiū) adj. ashamed


Read the detailed information of the story:

龟兔赛跑 (guī tù sàipăo) The Race Competition between Rabbit and Tortoise

Chinese for kids—Learn how to say and write Chinese with songs:

身体部位歌 Body Song

娃哈哈 (Wá hā hā) Wa Ha Ha

数字歌 The Number Song


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