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The Song Jiang Battle Array Curious John
2017-03-04
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    Curious John

    Curious John

Every year in the run-up to spring, rural Neimen in Kaohsiung hosts a grand spectacle. Colorful banners and costumes fill up the grounds of the temple where it all unfolds, the proving grounds in a championship that pits the best teams against one another. With extreme precision, each of the performers plays their role in a carefully choreographed scene, running in formation, drumming, brandishing spears, and showing off skills with the wooden staff. This is the Song Jiang battle array, a display that blurs the boundaries between martial arts show, marching band, and dance ensemble. This rural corner of Kaohsiung is a major center of this art form in Taiwan, and the annual high school and junior college competition held here is a big deal for performers and fans. With the first round of this year’s contest starting today, head of the Kaohsiung Tourism Bureau, Tseng Tsi-wen is joining us for a crash course on this proud local tradition.

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Episode 38

 

Gift giving 

 

1.禮Lǐ:

  送禮Sònglǐ

  無禮Wú lǐ

  禮物Lǐwù

  禮服Lǐfú

 

送禮,無禮:第一次到朋友家吃飯,沒送禮是很無禮的。

(Sònglǐ, wú lǐ: Dì yī cì dào péngyǒu jiā chīfàn, méi sònglǐ shì hěn wú lǐ de.)

The first time you go to a friend’s house to eat, not bringing a gift is very impolite.

 

禮物,禮服:不用穿正式的禮服,可是要帶禮物或是禮金。

(Lǐwù, lǐfú: Bùyòng chuān zhèngshì de lǐfú, kěshì yào dài lǐwù huò shì lǐjīn.)

It’s not necessary to dress formally, but you must bring a gift or a red envelope with cash.

 

2.接Jiē:

  直接Zhíjiē

  間接Jiànjiē

  接送Jiēsòng

  接近Jiējìn

 

直接,間接:這種問題,最好不要直接問他本人,請朋友間接問。

(Zhíjiē, jiànjiē: Zhè zhǒng wèntí, zuì hǎo bùyào zhíjiē wèn tā běnrén, qǐng péngyǒu jiànjiē wèn.)

It’s best not to ask someone this kind of question directly. It’s better to have a third party ask.

 

接送,接近:那條狗每天接送小主人上下學。你怕狗,就不要接近牠。

(Jiēsòng, jiējìn: Nà tiáo gǒu měitiān jiēsòng xiǎo zhǔrén shàngxià xué. Nǐ pà gǒu, jiù bùyào jiējìn tā.)

That dog goes to and from school with its owner every day. You’re afraid of dogs, so better not get too close.

 

3.價Jià:

  物價Wùjià

  房價Fángjià

  價值Jiàzhí

  價錢Jiàqián

 

物價,房價:最近的物價那麼高,房價當然就更貴了。

(Wùjià, fángjià: Zuìjìn de wùjià nàme gāo, fángjià dāngrán jiù gèng guìle.)

Recently the price of everything has gone up.  So, the price of houses has, of course, gone up too.

 

價值,價錢:只要你喜歡,那就有價值。不要考慮價錢的高低。

(Jiàzhí, jiàqián: Zhǐyào nǐ xǐhuān, nà jiù yǒu jiàzhí. Bùyào kǎolǜ jiàqián de gāodī.)

If you like it, then of course it’s worth the cost.  Don’t just consider the price!

 

禮 (Lǐ)   

送禮 (Sònglǐ)     

 

想要送對禮物也是一種藝術。

(Xiǎng yào sòng duì lǐwù yěshì yīzhǒng yìshù.)

 

無禮

(Wú lǐ )       

 

你已經不是小孩子了,怎麼還是那麼無禮?

(Nǐ yǐjīng bùshì xiǎo háizile, zěnme háishì nàme wú lǐ?)

 

禮物

(Lǐwù)

 

送禮物最重要的是心意

Sòng lǐwù zuì zhòngyào de shì xīnyì.

 

禮服

(Lǐfú) 

 

你穿這件禮服真漂亮!

(Nǐ chuān zhè jiàn lǐfú zhēn piàoliang!)

 

2

接 (Jiē)   

 

直接 (Zhíjiē)       

 

我想你自己直接問他比較好。

(Wǒ xiǎng nǐ zìjǐ zhíjiē wèn tā bǐjiào hǎo.)

 

間接

(Jiànjiē)       

 

這是別人間接交給我的。

(Zhè shì biérén jiànjiē jiāo gěi wǒ de.)

 

接送

(Jiēsòng)   

 

每天按時接送孩子上下學。

(Měitiān àn shí jiēsòng háizi shàngxià xué.)

 

接近

(Jiējìn)

 

那隻母狗太兇了,我們沒辦法接近那些小狗。

(Nà zhī mǔgǒu tài xiōngle, wǒmen méi bànfǎ jiējìn nàxiē xiǎo gǒu).

 

3

(Jià)   

 

物價

(Wùjià)       

 

現在的物價,一天比一天高了。

(Xiànzài de wùjià, yītiān bǐ yītiān gāole.)

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What's on the menu today? 

 

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About Karen:

 

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Episode 37 

 

Grammar


阿山: 你們吃過臭豆腐沒?
(Āshān: Nǐmen chīguò chòu dòufu méi?)
Ashan: Have you ever eaten “stinky tofu”?


歐福: 沒吃過。聽名字就不想吃。
(Ōu fú: Méi chīguò. Tīng míngzì jiù bùxiǎng chī.)
Oufu: No. After hearing the name, I never thought of trying it.


德美: 豆腐本來就沒什麼香味。臭的豆腐,一定是臭死啦!
(Dé měi: Dòufu běnlái jiù méishénme xiāngwèi. Chòu de dòufu, yīdìng shì chòu sǐ la!)
Demei: Tofu doesn’t actually have much flavor. Tofu that stinks must really reek!


阿山: 哎呀!不是香臭的問題。是它那麼有名,就應該試試。
(Āshān: Āiyā! Bùshì xiāng chòu de wèntí. Shì tā nàme yǒumíng, jiù yīnggāi shì shì.)
Ashan: Aiya! It’s not a question of SMELL. It’s just that something that famous is worth giving a try.


德美: 好吧! 下次如果有朋友請我吃,禮貌上,我就先試一口。
(Dé měi: Hǎo ba! Xià cì rúguǒ yǒu péngyǒu qǐng wǒ chī, lǐmào shàng, wǒ jiù xiān shì yīkǒu.)
Demei: Oh all right! Next time a friend invites me to try it, for the sake of politeness, I will.


阿山: 哈! 我保證。只要你願意試一口,就一定會愛死臭豆腐了。
(Āshān: Hā! Wǒ bǎozhèng, zhǐyào nǐ yuànyì shì yīkǒu, jiù yīdìng huì ài sǐ chòu dòufule.)
Ashan: Ha! I guarantee, once you try it, you’ll LIKE it!


歐福: 好! 入境隨俗。不管好吃不好吃,我要試試。
(Ōu fú: Hǎo! Rùjìng suísú. Bùguǎn hào chī bù hào chī, wǒ yào shì shì.)
Oufu: Okay! “When in Rome”, after all. Regardless of whether it’s good or not, I WILL try it!

 

Practice 


1. 用過: 你用過筷子沒有?
(Yòngguò: Nǐ yòngguò kuàizi méiyǒu?)
Have you ever used chopsticks?


2. 做過: 我吃過水餃,可是還沒做過水餃。
(Zuòguò: Wǒ chīguò shuǐjiǎo, kěshì hái méi zuòguò shuǐjiǎo.)
I’ve eaten shui jiao, but still haven’t made shui jiao.


3. 不是…的問題,是…的問題。
(Bùshì... De wèntí, shì... De wèntí.)

 

不是人的問題,是車的問題。

(Bùshì rén de wèntí, shì chē de wèntí.)

It’s not a question of PEOPLE, it’s a question of the CAR.

 

4. 不是錢的問題,是時間的問題。
(Bùshì qián de wèntí, shì shíjiān de wèntí.)
It’s not a question of MONEY, it’s a question of TIME.


5. 禮貌上先…: 禮貌上先問一下。
(Lǐmào shàng xiān...: Lǐmào shàng xiān wèn yīxià.)
For the sake of courtesy, ask first.


6. 禮貌上先讓一下。
(Lǐmào shàng xiān ràng yīxià.)
For the sake of courtesy, yield a little.


7. …,一定…死了: 38度! 一定熱死了。
(.., Yīdìng... Sǐle:38 Dù! Yīdìng rè sǐle.)

38 degrees! That’s really HOT!

 

8. 一輛小車坐七個人! 一定擠死了。
(Yī liàng xiǎo chē zuò qī gèrén! Yīdìng jǐ sǐle.)


One small car with seven people! That’s really crowded!
 

Listening Practice

這家餐廳平常的生意就很好,經常客滿,我每次請客,也都來這裡,客人都吃得很滿意。今天人這麼多,大概是旅行團的旅客,我們去外面喝杯茶,慢慢兒等吧。
(Zhè jiā cāntīng píngcháng de shēngyì jiù hěn hǎo, jīngcháng kè mǎn, wǒ měi cì qǐngkè, yě dū lái zhèlǐ, kèrén dōu chī dé hěn mǎnyì. Jīntiān rén zhème duō, dàgài shì lǚxíng tuán de lǚkè, wǒmen qù wàimiàn hē bēi chá, màn man er děng ba.)
This restaurant’s business is usually pretty good, and is frequently full of customers.
Every time I invite guests to dine here, they are all very satisfied. Today there are so
many customers. Perhaps they’re passengers from a tour group. Let’s go outside and drink some tea while we’re waiting for a table.

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Good News!

“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.

 

Episode 36

 

Good News!

 

好消息!

(Hǎo xiāoxī!)

Good News!

 

德美:老師,剛才得中告訴我們一個好消息!

(Dé měi: Lǎoshī, gāngcái dé zhōng gàosù wǒmen yīgè hǎo xiāoxī.)

Demei: Teacher, just now Dezhong told us some good news!

 

老師:什麼好消息?

(Lǎoshī: Shénme hǎo xiāoxī?)

Teacher: What good news is that?

 

歐福:得中的接待家庭要帶我們三個去墾丁玩!

(Ōu fú: Dé zhōng de jiēdài jiātíng yào dài wǒmen sān gè qù kěndīng wán!)

Oufu: Dezhong’s host family is going to take the three of us to Kenting!

 

老師:那太好了!你們一定會玩得很開心!

(Lǎoshī: Nà tài hǎole! Nǐmen yīdìng huì wán dé hěn kāixīn!)

Teacher: That’s wonderful! You will certainly have a great time!

 

歐福:現在的油價那麼高,我們應該付油錢,對不對?

(Ōu fú: Xiànzài de yóujià nàme gāo, wǒmen yīnggāi fù yóu qián, duì bùduì?)

Oufu: With gas prices so high now, we should pay for the gas, shouldn’t we?

 

老師:禮貌上先問一下,可是我想他們不會收。

(Lǎoshī: Lǐmào shàng xiān wèn yīxià, kěshì wǒ xiǎng tāmen bù huì shōu.)

Teacher:   It’s polite to ask, but I don’t think they will accept your offer.

 

德美:那我們應該做什麼?

(Dé měi:  Nà wǒmen yīnggāi zuò shénme?)

Demei:     What should we do, then?

 

歐福:    我知道,我們可以買一點吃的、喝的,或是水果。

(Ōu fú: Wǒ zhīdào, wǒmen kěyǐ mǎi yīdiǎn chī de, hē de, huò shì shuǐguǒ.)

Oufu: I know, we can buy some snacks, drinks, or fruit.

 

德美:或是做幾個德國口味的三明治。

(Dé měi: Huò shì zuò jǐ gè déguó kǒuwèi de sānmíngzhì.)

Demei: Or we could make some German-style sandwiches.

 

老師:你們真懂事,你們的接待家人一定愛死你們了!

(Lǎoshī:   Nǐmen zhēn dǒngshì, nǐmen de jiēdài jiārén yīdìng ài sǐ nǐmenle!)

Teacher:   You are really catching on fast. Your host families are going to love you!

 

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子曰:「三人行,必有我師焉。」

(Zǐ yuē:`Sān rénxíng, bì yǒu wǒ shī yān.)

Confucius has said, “When three people walk together, one can always be my teacher.”

 

禮貌不花分文,但是價值連城!

(Lǐmào bù huā fēn wén, dànshì jiàzhí liánchéng!)

Courtesy doesn’t cost a thing, but it’s beyond value!

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Dizi by Zhang Weiliang

Zhang Weiliang is a famous dizi, xiao and xun player as well as an educator and composer. Zhang was born in 1957 and started to play dizi when he was eight and learned from a dizi master, Zhao Songting, a renowned Chinese dizi bamboo flute player born in 1924.

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Rose Goossen: Why I Make

Rose Goossen is an artist from Canada living in Taipei. On this week's Book of Odes, she reads her poem entitled Why I Make.

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Announcing Jan. winner

John Van Trieste and Shirley Lin announce the top comment winner for January and interview someone special to the English service this winter, on Status Update.

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A Taiwan wedding

This is a repeated episode of Shirley Lin's own wedding in Taiwan for Jukebox Republic.

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Don't underestimate anyone

Tune into Classic Shorts to hear the story of how dog barks and rooster crows saved the life of a top official in anicent China. 

 

Classic idiom - 雞鳴狗盜 (jī míng gǒu dào) means "rooster crow dog steal" refers to seemlingly useless talents, things or people.

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Tainan's Hayashi Department Store

There are some buildings that come to define an era. In the southern city of Tainan, for instance, when people think of the 1930’s, the grand old Hayashi Department Store comes to mind. When it was opened in 1932, it was the talk of the town. At five stories high, it was the tallest building around. And its triangular facade, jutting out assertively, seemed to be pointing towards the future. Inside were wonders then unheard of in southern Taiwan. The latest fashions, luxury goods, and exotic cuisines all beckoned. And though few could afford the prices, anyone could go in and take a look around.

After a long period of neglect, this southern landmark reopened as a department store once again in 2013. While still as imposing as ever, though, today’s Hayashi Department Store is probably unlike any department store you’ve seen before. Here to tell us about the Hayashi’s past and present is Tseng Peng-yin, the store’s deputy manager of planning

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Trini Ding of Toastmasters Taiwan

Trini Ding talks about her mischievous life growing up with two older brothers in the old days of Tainan city, on In the Spotlight.

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Celebrating the revival of Taiwan's indigenous languages

Taiwan is an island of languages. Its indigenous peoples, especially, speak a wealth of languages, members of the larger Austronesian family spoken from Madagascar to Easter Island. But while some Austronesian languages like Malay and Tagalog are among the most widely spoken in the world, their Taiwanese relatives face a difficult future.

The erosion caused by government policy and economic forces over the years has weakened the links that maintain indigenous language communities, and it is only relatively recently that work to repair the damage has begun. But there has been progress, and it’s not too late to make Taiwan’s first languages thrive again. The National Taitung Living Art Center is celebrating achievements in the revival of these languages through a new exhibit opened in December. Here to tell us about the success stories highlighted in the exhibit is the museum’s Tsai Nien-ju.

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Make the most of your stress

Tune into Taiwan Today as Natalie Tso speaks with Dr. Kris, the author of Reset: Make the Most of Your Stress about how to manage stress in our lives.

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Do you want to come along?

“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.

 

Episode 35

 

Do  you want to come along? 

 

得中:嗨!德美、歐福,這個週末我的接待家庭要帶我去墾丁,你們要不要一起去?
(Dé zhōng: Hāi! Dé měi, ōu fú, zhège zhōumò wǒ de jiēdài jiātíng yào dài wǒ qù kěndīng, nǐmen yào bùyào yīqǐ qù?)
Dezhong: Hi! Demei, Oufu, my host family is taking me to Kenting this weekend. Do you want to come along?

 

德美:那麼多人,方便嗎?
(Dé měi: Nàme duō rén, fāngbiàn ma?
Demei:So many people! Would that be all right?

 

歐福:你問過你的接待家人沒有?
(Ōu fú: Nǐ wènguò nǐ de jiēdài jiārén méiyǒu?)
Oufu: Have you asked your host family yet?

 

得中:還沒有,可是他家有一部九人座的休旅車,可以坐九個人。
(Dé zhōng: Hái méiyǒu, kěshì tā jiā yǒuyī bù jiǔ rén zuò de xiū lǚ chē, kěyǐ zuò jiǔ gèrén.)
Dezhong: Not yet, but they have a van that seats nine people.

 

歐福:不是車子大小的問題,是禮貌上的問題。
(Ōu fú: Bùshì chēzi dàxiǎo de wèntí, shì lǐmào shàng de wèntí.)
Oufu:It’s not a question of how big the car is, it’s a question of what’s polite.

 

德美:你最好先問問你的家人,如果可以,我們當然求之不得!
(Dé měi: Nǐ zuì hǎo xiān wèn wèn nǐ de jiārén, rúguǒ kěyǐ, wǒmen dāngrán qiúzhībùdé!)
Demei:It would be best if you first asked your family. If they say it’s “okay”, we’d be delighted to go along.

 

得中:對不起!我真不懂事,我應該先問他們,再問你們的。
(Dé zhōng: Duìbùqǐ! Wǒ zhēn bù dǒngshì, wǒ yīnggāi xiān wèn tāmen, zài wèn nǐmen de.)
Dezhong: Sorry! I was so clueless. I should first ask them, and then invite you.

 

德美:經一事長一智。現在的你比昨天更懂事啦!
(Dé měi: Jīng yīshì zhǎng yī zhì. Xiànzài de nǐ bǐ zuótiān gèng dǒngshì la!)
Demei: Well, “Live and Learn.” Today you are more “dong shi” than yesterday!

 

歐福:我們就先回家,等你的好消息。
(Ōu fú: Wǒmen jiù xiān huí jiā, děng nǐ de hǎo xiāoxī.)
Oufu: We’ll go home first, and wait for your good news.

 

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經一事長一智
(Jīng yīshì zhǎng yī zhì)
Live and Learn

 

每個人都有做錯事情的經驗,要記取教訓,不要怕犯錯。
(Měi gèrén dōu yǒu zuò cuò shìqíng de jīngyàn, yào jìqǔ jiàoxùn, bùyào pà fàncuò.)
Everybody has made mistakes. Just learn from the experience, and don’t be afraid to fail.

 

這是在增長你的知能,累積你的智慧。
(Zhè shì zài zēngzhǎng nǐ de zhīnéng, lěijī nǐ de zhìhuì.)
You will increase your knowledge, and accumulate wisdom.

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The Korean talks and the US

Tune into Eye on China as top strategist Alexander Huang, the director of the Institue of Strategic Studies at Tamkang University, tells us what the recent inter-Korean talks means for the US and its Asia strategy. 

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Stroke of Light ep.105: Max Chen and his darkroom Pt.I

In this episode, we talk to Max Chen, one of the few remaining darkroom printer in Taiwan. Max sits and explains to us the differences between printing digitally and his darkroom printing process. 

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Chinese Piano Works

Shi Shucheng is a famous pianist born in Beijing, China. Shi Shucheng has held more than one thousand concerts in China and abroad and has played a lot of Chinese and Western piano pieces including concerto and symphonic works.

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Ashley Hamilton: Taiwan in Ten Lines

Ashley Hamilton is a Taipei-based poet from New York. She stopped by our RTI studios recently to give readings of her work.

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Announcing the no. 1 Taiwan's modern marvel

John Van Trieste and Shirley Lin give you the details to the no. 1 Taiwanese modern marvel, on Status Update. 

 

 

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Korean craze on the music scene

Today Jukebox Republic covers the actual Korean craze from the music sense, especially how a young Taiwanese artist joins a Korean group and how some Korean singers develop their career in Taiwan.

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The story of Yingge's ceramics

Mention the town of Yingge to anyone from Taiwan, and you may soon find yourself in a discussion about pottery and ceramics. There are towns across Taiwan famous for all sorts of local products, but in Yingge, a short way outside Taipei, it is pottery and ceramics that have built up the local reputation. Today, the suburban area is home to a range of studios producing wares for everyone from the local day tripper looking for a souvenir to the serious collector with serious cash to spare. The town’s ceramic shops and professional studios are largely concentrated around one street, with Taiwan’s only ceramics museum not far away. In historical terms, Yingge’s ceramics boom is quite recent. But there is a story here to be told, and here this week to help me tell it is Chen Pao-chen, Deputy Director of the New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum. During our discussion today, Ms. Chen will explain how Yingge came to be so closely linked with ceramics. She will also walk us through the ceramics museum and remind us that ceramics belong as much to the future as to the past.

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Jessica Lee of IOH/in-co studio

Jessica Lee talks about her views on the architecture in Taiwan, on In the Spotlight.

 

Photo courtesy of Jessica Lee on FB

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