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Chinese stories are renown for their animal-based characters as well as their exciting fantasy elements. “西游记 (xīyóujì) Journey to the West” is one such classical magic Chinese novel. It is also one of the “Four Great Classical Novels 四大名著 (sì dà míngzhù)” in China.
It tells the story of Monk Xuanzang and his three disciples who vanquish demons and monsters and who went to the west in search of the Buddhist scriptures. It portrays the ancient theme of punishing evil and promoting good.
Read the following Mandarin Chinese story “大闹天宫 (dà nào tiāngōng) Uproar in Heaven” to get a sense of the magic and wonder that these classic novels are famed for.
大闹天宫 (Dà nào tiāngōng) Uproar in Heaven
Yìtiān, qī xiānnǚ fèng wángmǔniángniang mìnglìng qù zhāi xiāntáo.
One day, the seven fairies were ordered by the Heavenly Queen Mother to pick the immortal peach.
Zhèngqiǎo bèi Sūnwùkōng yùdào le.
It happened to be met by Sun Wukong.
Yúshì sūnwùkōng wèn dào: ”Jǐ wèi xiānzǐ, qù nǎr a?”
So Sun Wukong asked: “Fairies, where are you going?”
Yígè xiānnǚ shuō: “Dāngrán shì qù zhāi xiāntáo la!”
A fairy said: “Of course, to go pick the immortal peach!”
“Wángmǔniángniang yāoqǐng le hǎo jǐ wèi dàxiān ne,”
“The Heavenly Queen Mother invited several high-status immortals,”
“Wǒmen děi zhǔnbèi hǎo duō xiāntáo ne!” lìng yígè jiēzhe shuō.
“We have to pick many immortal peaches!” The other added.
Tīngdào zhè, sūnwùkōng qì fēng le,
Hearing this, Sun Wukong became mad,
Dàjiào: “Wángmǔniángniang jìngrán méiyǒu qǐng wǒ zhège zhòngliàng jí rénwù, tài qì rén le.”
And yelled: “I’m so angry that The Heavenly Queen Mother did not invite me such a heavyweight figure”.
Yúshì tā yòng fǎshù bǎ zhè qī gè xiānnǚ dìng zhù,
Then he froze the seven fairies in place with his spell,
Biàn zhíjiē qù cānjiā zhège pántáo dàhuì le.
And went straight to the immortal peach party.
Zài dàhuì shàng, sūnwùkōng bǎ suǒyǒu dōngxi nòng de luànqībāzāo de.
At the party, Sun Wukong messed everything up.
Yùdì qì de dà nù, pài shí wàn tiānbīng tiānjiàng qiánqù zhuō tā.
The Jade Emperor was furious and sent 100,000 Warriors of Heaven to go catch him.
Ránr, zhèxiē tiānbīng tiānjiàng dōu bèi sūnwùkōng dǎ yūn le.
However, all of these Heavenly Soldiers were knocked out by Sun Wukong.
Zuìhòu yùdì háishì zài rúlái fózǔ de bāngzhù xià, cái zhuā zhù le tā.
In the end, the Jade Emperor grasped him with the help of the Tathagata Buddha.
This is only one of the many stories included in “西游记 (xīyóujì) Journey to the West”, which was written in the 16th century. Over hundreds of years, it has been adapted to various versions such as local operas, TV dramas, cartoons, anime, as well as movies. Now people from all over the world can enjoy these stories in many of their forms. The amount of times it has been recreated is a testament to its popularity.
Among these stories, “大闹天宫 (dà nào tiāngōng) Uproar in Heaven”, “三打白骨精(sān dǎ báigǔjīng) Monkey Subdues White-Skeleton Demon”, and “三借芭蕉扇 (sān jièbājiāoshàn) Monkey Makes Three Attempts to Borrow the Plantain Fan” are particularlywidely known.
Brush up on the key vocabulary before taking the quiz:
命令 (Mìnglìng) order; command order; command
邀请 (Yāoqǐng) invite
参加 (Cānjiā) take part in; join
乱七八糟 (Luànqībāzāo) be out of order; all a hideous mess; be in wild disorder
Jūnrén yīngdāng juéduì fúcóng mìnglìng.
Soldiers should obey orders absolutely.
Tā yāoqǐng wǒ qù tā de shēngrì jùhuì.
He invited me to his birthday party.
Zhōumò yǒu gè pài duì, nǐ xiǎng bù xiǎng cānjiā?
There’s a party this weekend, do you want to join in?
Zhè qún xióng háizi bǎ jiālǐ gǎo de luànqībāzāo de.
This group of wild kids made a mess of the house.
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1. Read the dialogue and answer the question below.
Míng Ming: “Xiǎo Hóng, xīyóujì lǐ nǎgè gùshì, ràng nǐ yìnxiàng zuì shēn?”
Xiǎo Hóng: ————————–.
What would Xiao Hong say? Please choose the best answer.
Sūnwùkōng dà nào tiāngōng.
Xīyóujì hěn hǎokàn.
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