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This post kicks ass, if I do say so myself. This kid was asked to imagine the perfect desk-chair of the future – what it would look like, and what it would do – and boy, does he ever. The chair turns into all kinds of utopian machinery. It flies, it helps you sleep, and it carries your books to school. Sentence structure is pretty easy and the language is solidly intermediate, with very little advanced vocab (one idiom, a couple of advanced words but not much). At six paragraphs, the text is a bit long, though.

Learn to Read Mandarin - Simplified Chinese Character Reading In this text, you’ll notice several uses of the character “型”. 型 xíng means “type”, “kind”, “sort”. The character can be combined with other descriptive words, and in this text you’ll see 新型 – “New Type of…” and 大型, meaning “big type” or “large-scale”.

Here’s the original.

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未来 – wèi lái – The Future
发明人 – fā míng rén – Inventor
高科技 – gāo kē jì – High-tech
变化 – biàn huà – To change
按钮 – àn niǔ – A button
朝气蓬勃 – zhāo qì péng bó – Youthful vigor
能源 – néng yuán – Power source
文具盒 – wén jù hé – Box of stationery, pencil case
游戏机 – yóu xì jī – Video game machine
叠床 – dié chuáng – Fold-out bed
安然 – ān rán – Peacefully


你想知道未来的桌椅是什么样子吗? 还是让我这个发明人来介绍一下吧!

未来的桌椅是高科技材料制成的,大小、颜色、形状能随意变化。早晨去上学,就按第一个按钮,颜色可以变成绿色,象征新的一天朝气蓬勃,这个桌椅变成了新型自行车,那时候人们讲究环保,每个学生都骑这样的车去上学,不用别的能源,有太阳能和风就够了。如果遇见堵车的现象,自行车就会飞跃过去,保证准时到达学校。

到了学校,请按第二个按钮,绿色自行车变成了蓝色电脑桌椅,开始上课学习,根本不用带书包呀、文具盒、教材什么的。一切学习任务都在电脑上完成。

到了放学的时候,又变回自行车回到家。当然这时候的车速可以放慢,好好欣赏一下大自然的风光。回到家没有作业,这时请按第三个橘色按钮,自行车再变成大型游戏机,你就可以玩各种游戏了。当然,对眼睛没有害处。

到了晚上,请按第四个按钮,游戏机变成了你喜欢颜色的折叠床,发出美妙的音乐,催你甜蜜地入眠。假如你感觉哪儿不舒服了,就从床头伸出几个按摩头给你按摩,让你安然入睡。

怎么样,我发明的未来的桌椅你一定喜欢吧?欢迎你现在就来预订一套。

SHOW ENGLISH TRANSLATION »
Do you want to know what chairs and tables will be like in the future? Well then let this inventor [author is referring to self] introduce you!

Chairs and tables in the future are manufactured from high-tech materials, and the size, color and shape can change according to your wishes. In the morning when you go to school, you just push the first button, and the color will change to green, symbolizing a new day full of youthful energy, and its shape will change into a new type of bicycle, since at that time [the future] people will all pay attention to the environment, and every student will ride this kind of bike to go to school, and no other power source will be needed, just solar and wind will be enough. If you run into traffic, this bike can leap over it, ensuring you’ll arrive at school on time.  

Once you get to school, please push the second button, and the green bike will turn into a blue computer desk and chair, and when you start to study, you don’t even need to have your book bag, stationery box or other study materials. Everything you need [to accomplish studying] is all in the computer.  

When school gets out, it will again turn into a bike so you can return home. Of course at this time, the bike is also freed to go slowly, so that you can take a moment to appreciate the natural scenery. When you get home and you have no homework, press the third orange-colored button, and the bike will change into a large video game machine, and you can play all kinds of games. Of course, it will do no damage to your eyes.

At night, press the fourth button, and the video game machine will turn into a fold-out bed in any color you want, playing splendid music, that will encourage you to drift into sweet sleep. If you feel at all uncomfortable, a few massagers will extend from the head of the bed and give you a massage, to let you rest peacefully.

What do you think? Surely you’ll like my future desk chair. I welcome you to place an order for one now.


12 comments to "Desk-chairs of the Future"

  1. Man I need one of those.

  2. Reply Nancy Wang says: May 31, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    太可爱了,那个孩子非常聪明!

  3. Patent the concept now, kid. Sort out the engineering details later.

  4. Reply Millard Waltz says: December 30, 2014 at 6:13 am

    A very good text to practice reading.

  5. Thanks for the effort! Being able to read a Chinese text with ease for once is such a great feeling!!

  6. Thank you for your post !!

  7. So let me get this. There trying to make a high tec machine that could like practecly do anything, but the problem is it is gonna cost a bunch of mony at this point but further in theyr problebly be cheap but anyways that’ll be AWSOME but extremely hard to make

  8. Very good I agree.

  9. Sounds a little bit far fetched. But then again, if someone had tried to tell us 25 years ago that future telephones could give you directions, teach you languages and get you laid, we probably wouldn’t have believed that either.


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