This is possibly the girliest essay ever written, with crystals, dolls, little elfs and pretty colors described with great rapture. The writer is describing a gift given to her by a friend, which she loved as a child.

Advanced / Intermediate Chinese Essays and Reading ExerciseThe sentence structure never gets too complex to follow in this, so if you’re an intermediate reader feeling up for a lot of new words, go for it. But this essay is a bit new-word heavy, so unless you are fairly good with descriptive vocabulary, don’t expect an uninterrupted read. I love this essay for its use of unusual color words, like “glistening yellow”, “vibrant red”, and “transparent”.

In terms of the item the author describes, it’s a bit hard to tell from the Chinese text that the writer is describing multiple crystal dolls inside of crystal balls in a crystal bottle until you get partway into the description, and while the girl paints a very vivid picture of this pretty bauble, I don’t know that I’ve ever seen anything like it in real life. It sounds like the crystal figurine version of Inception. Anyway, without further ado:

The Chinese title is:  水晶球

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水晶- shuǐ jīng – Crystal
一闪一闪 – yī shǎn yī shǎn – Twinkle
各异 – gè yì – Each is different / each has its own
盈 – yíng – Filled
黄澄澄 – huáng dèng dèng – Glistening yellow
红通通- hóng tōng tōng – Vibrant Red
透明 – tòu míng – Transparent
笛子 – dí zi – Bamboo flute
五彩缤纷 – wǔ cǎi bīn fēn – A wild profusion of color
映衬 – yìng chèn – To set off by contrast
夺目- duó mù – Dazzle the eyes
小巧 – xiǎo qiǎo – Small and exquisite
玲珑 – líng lóng – The sound of clinking jewels
脚尖 – jiǎo jiān – On tiptoe
轻盈 – qīng yíng – Graceful, lithe
飞舞 – fēi wǔ – Flitter, dance in the breeze
小精灵 – xiǎo jīng líng – Elf
舞姿 – wǔ zī – Dancer’s posture and movement
九霄云外 – jiǔ xiāo yún wài – Beyond the topmost clouds [lit: dropped into the clouds and the nine heavens]






On my birthday, my friend gave me a little “crystal bottle”, I really liked it, loved it so much I never wanted to part with it.

This “crystal bottle” twinkled very beautifully! Inside the crystal bottle, there were shining “crystal balls”. Those crystal balls were all shaped differently, and were all different colors. The one filled with a purple color was shaped like a star, the glistening yellow one was shaped like a football, the bright red one was shaped like a handbag, the shining clear one was shaped like a flute. These beautiful “crystal balls” contrasted with each other in a radiant profusion of light, dazzling to behold.

Inside each of the crystal balls, there was a very small “dancing stage” and on each exquisitely small, clinking stage there was a “dancer” — a crystal doll. The crystal dolls’ hands flashed, accompanying wonderful music, and [the dolls] rotated while standing on tiptoe, like graceful little elves dancing in the breeze. I watched and watched, intoxicated by the dancer’s elegant movements, and I couldn’t help but begin dancing with them. Whenever I watched them, all of my worries dropped away, vanishing beyond the topmost clouds.

But one day, and I don’t know why, I suddenly no longer liked to look at the crystal balls, and I put them somewhere in my closet, and it was only when that friend moved to a different school that I realized their importance.

I like this crystal bottle because it was with me as I passed through a beautiful childhood, and it will always be with me as I go through life.

One comment to "Crystal Balls – Learning Advanced Colors and Descriptives"

  1. This is just a test

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