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Kids’ Chinese Story: Three Monks Had no Water to Drink

Feb. 24, 2016

 

Chinese Stories for Children

三个和尚没水喝 (Sāngè Héshang Méi Shuǐ Hē) Three Monks Had no Water for Drinking

 

Listen to the whole story:

 

Key learning points (Preview):

和尚 (héshang): n. monk

 

挑水 (tiāoshuǐ): v. to draw water

 

Shānshàng yǒu zuò xiǎomiào, miàolǐ yǒu gè xiǎo héshang.
山上            有   座   小庙,     庙里  有    个 小     和尚。
There once was a teenage monk who lived in a temple on a mountain.

 

Xiǎo héshang měitiān yòng biǎndàn tiāo liǎngtǒngshuǐ.
小     和尚       每 天     用     扁担      挑      两桶 水。
Every day he drew two buckets of water for drinking with a shoulder pole.

 

Shuǐ duōde hēbùwán.
水     多得    喝不完。
There was more than enough water for one person to drink.

 

Bùjiǔ,  láile gè shòu héshang.
不久,来了个  瘦      和尚。
Later, a thin monk came along.

 

Shòu héshang bú yuànyì yígèrén tiāoshuǐ, yúshì tāmen yìqǐ qù táishuǐ,
瘦        和尚    不   愿意    一个人  挑水,  于是   他们  一起 去 抬水,
zhèyàng zhǐnéng tái yìtǒngshuǐ.
这样         只能    抬  一 桶水。
The thin monk was not willing to draw water alone, so the two carried one bucket of water with the shoulder pole.

 

Tāmen háishì yǒu shuǐ hē de.
他们     还是   有    水  喝  的。
Two monks still had enough water for both of them to drink.

 

Hòulái, lái le gè pàng héshang.
后来, 来 了个   胖     和尚。
After that, a fat monk came.

 

Zhècì, méi rén yuànyì qù tiāoshuǐ le. Yīnwèi biǎndàn zhǐyào liǎng gè rén tái. 
这次,没    人  愿意   去   挑水    了。因为   扁担      只要    两   个  人  抬。
This time, none of them were willing to draw water because the shoulder pole could only be used by two people at most.

 

Zhèyàng jiùhuì yǒu yígèrén xiánzhe le, dànshì tāmen shuí yě bú yuànyì.
这样        就会   有  一个人    闲着   了,但是  他们    谁  也 不  愿意。
Yúshì tāmen méishuǐ hē le.
于是    他们    没 水   喝 了。
One monk would have to rest, but they could not agree who would be allowed to do so. On that day they began to suffer from thirst.

 

Nàwǎn, miàoli zháohuǒ le.
那晚,   庙里    着火     了。
That night the temple caught fire.

 

Sāngè héshang yìqǐ fènlì de pūmiè le dàhuǒ.
三 个     和尚   一起 奋力地  扑灭  了  大火。
Cóngcǐ tāmen hùxiāng bāngzhù, zìrán jiù yǒu shuǐ hē le.
从此      他们     互相     帮助,   自然  就  有  水   喝 了。
The three monks finally forgot their selfishness and fought the fire together. From then onwards, they helped each other and did not suffer from thirst any more.

 

What We Learn:

The story of the three monks teaches us that everyone is capable of being selfish, but doing so diminishes our ability to cooperate with one another.

Key learning points:

和尚 (héshang): n. monk

 

Example:

Xuánzàng shì TángCháo zhùmíng de héshang.
玄奘          是    唐朝          著名    的    和尚。
Xuanzang was an eminent monk during the Tang Dynasty.

 

挑水 (tiāoshuǐ): v. to draw water

 

Example:

Māma měi tiān zǎoshang dōu qù hébiān tiāoshuǐ.
妈妈     每   天      早上      都  去   河边     挑水。
My mother draws water from the river every morning.

 


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Comments

very interesting story . Can you give us more stories like this to improve our listening skills…please

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Cool story BRO :)

am a chinese kid

very good version in english. although i am an adult, i still feel fresh and fun reading these things.

Thanks!

Many Chinese stories have been turned into songs. You can practice your Chinese listening with the Body Song, Wa Ha Ha, on our website.

This story was very interesting. Can you give us more materials for improving our listening skills?

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