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Though this post is beginner-level, it’s also very condensed. I’d say you’ll have to stop and remind yourself what something means every few words or so.

Learning to Read Mandarin: Simplified Essays for LearnersA few notes:

- There’s a proper noun in here you probably won’t find in the dictionary: 江东 is a place, jiāng dōng, it’s a district of Ningbo in Zhejiang Province (south China). So 江东公园 is “JiangDong Park”.

- 小朋友 xiǎo péng you, literally “Little Friend”, actually just means “small children”, often used when one child is referring to a other children he or she doesn’t know.

Source: http://www.zuowen.com/e/20120522/4fbb17e8c23c9.shtml

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光彩 – guāng cǎi – Illustrious
难为情 – nán wéi qíng – Embarrassed
捉 – zhuō – Capture
青蛙 – qīng wā – Frog
渐渐- jiān jiān – Gradually
大自然 – dà zì rán – The great outdoors
害虫- hài chóng – Insect


  前几天,我做了一件不光彩的事。说出来真难为情。晚上,我去江东公园玩,看到有几位小朋友在捉青蛙,我也赶忙捉青蛙,捉了青蛙就把它们带回家。在家里养了几天,青蛙渐渐瘦了下来,它们好像在对我说:“把我们放回大自然吧,我们一定会多捉害虫。”我听了感到真不好意思,晚上,就悄悄把它们放回了大自然。
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In the last few days, I did a not-so-illustrious thing, and I’m ashamed to say it. In the evening, I went to JiangDong Park to play, and I saw that there were a few other children catching frogs, so I also hurriedly started catching frogs, and after I caught them I brought them back to my house. At my house I took care of them for a few days, but the frogs gradually became thinner and thinner, it’s like they were saying to me: “Put us back in nature, and we can catch more insects.” I listened to this and was truly embarrassed0 so that night, I secretly put them back outside.


49 comments to "Catching Frogs"

  1. Reply Adam Horton says: June 5, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    Fantastic, simple but very helpful article to build up my reading skills and speed

  2. Can you please explain the uses of jiu and ba here “捉了青蛙就把它们带回家”? Thank you! :)

    • I think 就 here indicates the action of carrying the frog home happened right after the narrator captured it (捉了)。把 here is used for one version the “把 structure” (把 + Noun + Verb + Location ). So ( 把它们带回家)means after the narrator carried (带) the frogs (它们) back home (回家)。

    • simple but useful, thanks

  3. Thanks, really really helpful !

  4. That was amazing…..thx.

  5. Thanks very much for this website. It is extremely helpful:)

  6. Can you put The title in Chinese?

    • zhua qing wa

      That is the han yu pin yin.

      zhua: Catch (or in this case, catching)
      qing wa: Frog (or in this case, frogs)

      zhua: first tone, the straight line
      qing: first tone
      wa: either no tone or first tone

      Hope this helped.

  7. For those of us who struggle to remember Chinese vocab, this blog is feichang hao, better and more entertaining than textbooks certainly. Thanks and don’t quit for the sake of all of fans!

  8. Very good and instructional site. This is helping me a lot.

  9. Just stambled upon your site … and the content is fantastic! Will definitely read all your passages :)

  10. Really like your site. Would you consider posting in both simplified and traditional characters?

  11. Reply honeydeedongss says: November 3, 2014 at 10:04 am

    wow, this is really useful. really helped me to know the meaning of the words

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  13. Reply Millard Waltz says: December 2, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    Your short stories are all a great help in learning Chinese. Thank you very much!

    • She knows it for sure. You show her every day in the way you involve yoelsurf in their lives. Even if she doesn’t seem to understand right now, when she gets older she will admire you for it. Nice job Mom.

  14. These short stories make me feel that I’m actually making progress. Thanks.

    I’ve collected a deck that covers the vocabulary for this story. It’s available for free at the website address I left with this comment. I’m not sure where the link will show up.

  15. The story is helpful I like it Thanks!

  16. Reply Patchara Sutthiwan says: February 22, 2015 at 2:02 am

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  17. lovely story! I really enjoyed it and it was so helpful to learn some expressions I didn’t know! :)

  18. Reply Cleo Lauryn says: March 11, 2015 at 9:47 am

    Such a short story, but nice to hear.

  19. Reply Cleo Lauryn says: March 11, 2015 at 9:50 am

    I love a story of frogs.

  20. Nice little text. Thanks

  21. 害虫 is a kind of harmful insect, I thought. While 虫 is an insect, 害 adds a nuance of “pest.”

  22. Reply Douglas Bendall says: June 20, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    Thank you so much. Learning Chinese without a teacher can be a slog. This little story both entertains and encourages me to think that I really can learn Chinese

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  23. Fantastic your web, I will introduce those “banana man” like me to learn chinese reading and more chinese characters here.

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  24. Reply Teck Wong Soon says: August 10, 2015 at 3:19 am

    非常好。

  25. Wow – I stumbled across this site and I’m thoroughly impressed. Thank you for taking the time to set this up and manage it. Well done!

  26. Do not play with mother nature anyways thx once. a. gain

  27. Reply Friendzy Familyzy says: October 4, 2015 at 5:54 am

    The sentence that has the word “embarrassed” have a error in it, there is a ’0′.Edit it please.

  28. very good

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  30. very good story. thanks for the help it really help me understand more chinese. one question are you chinese because I am.

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    It was quite refreshing to read a chinese story, nearly eight months after suspending my chinese studies at the age of 64. Pinyin and english meanings overlaying over every chinese character was of great assistance in assessing how many chinese characters I could still recollect and meanings of how many chinese words I would still remember.

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