“Fitting in in Chinese” is a special series on Chinese to Go, which is jointly produced by the Chinese Language Center of Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages and Radio Taiwan International.
All doors open to courtesy
(Xiǎo de shíhòu)
When I was small
(Yéyé nǎinai shuō)
Grandfather, Grandmother said,
(Āgōng ā mā shuō)
Grandpa, Grandma said,
(Yǒulǐ zǒu tiānxià)
When you are polite, every corner of the world is your home;
(Wúlǐ cùnbù nán)
When you are rude, it’s hard to move forward even an inch!
Oh my silly child,
My silly grandchild,
My silly student!
(Zuòshì yào yǒu `lǐ')
When dealing with affairs, you need to be reasonable.
(Zuòrén yào yǒu `lǐ')
When dealing with people you need to be courteous.
(Yīdìng bù shīlǐ)
You won’t go wrong with that attitude!
(Zàijiā qīngsōng suíbiàn chuān)
You can wear whatever you want to at home/
(Chūle dàmén bù suíbiàn)
Be neat and clean when you step out of the house
(Shīzhǎng zàizuò yǒu zuò xiāng)
When teachers and older people are present, sit up straight!
(Zhǎngbèi jìnmén yào qǐ rang)
When teachers and older people enter the room, you need to offer them your seat.
(Qiān wàn yào jìdé)
Remember! For sure,
(Yǒu lǐ rén rén ài)
Everybody will love you when you are courteous.
(Wú lǐ méi rén ài)
No one will love when you’re not!
(Lǐ duō rén bù guài)
All doors open to courtesy.