#83- Something about the wily eunuch Zhao (Cont’d 3)

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Most of them were frightened of the eunuch and said it was a horse. (They were right to be scared – Zhao later punished all those who had dared to call it a deer) The phrase pointing to a deer and calling it a horse has become a well-known proverb in the Chinese language. It describes a situation where right and wrong are deliberately mixed up.


Chinese Translation Breakdown

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[audio:http://chinesecharacteraday.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/chinese-translation.mp3|titles=chinese translation]

1.大多数的太臣们都害怕赵太坚, 并说那一只鹿是马
= Most of them were frightened of the eunuch and said it was a horse.
2.(他们怕的是对的-因为赵高後来处罚所有敢说那只是鹿而不是马的大臣)
= (They were right to be scared – Zhao later punished all those who had dared to call it a deer)
3.这句话”指鹿为马”, 後来在中国变为一句有名成语
= The phrase pointing to a deer and calling it a horse has become a well-known proverb in the Chinese language.
4. 它来形容一些是非故意被搞混的状况
= It describes a situation where right and wrong are deliberately mixed up.


:) Chinese Proverb 

A short video clip of Calling A Stag A Horse (指鹿為馬 zhǐlùwéimǎ )


Vocabulary

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1. Most of them = 大多数 dàduōshù

[audio:http://chinesecharacteraday.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/1.-most-of-them83.mp3|titles=1. most of them83]

2. frighten = 害怕 hàipà

[audio:http://chinesecharacteraday.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/2.-frightened83.mp3|titles=2. frightened83]

3. horse =马 mǎ

[audio:http://chinesecharacteraday.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/3.-horse83.mp3|titles=3. horse83]

4. punish = 处罚 chǔfá

[audio:http://chinesecharacteraday.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/5.-punished83.mp3|titles=5. punished83]

5. dare = 敢 gǎn

[audio:http://chinesecharacteraday.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/6.-dared83.mp3|titles=6. dared83]

6. pointing to a deer and calling it a horse(Calling A Stag A Horse) = 指鹿為馬 zhǐlùwéimǎ

[audio:http://chinesecharacteraday.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/7.-pointing-to-deer-and-calling-it-horse83.mp3|titles=7. pointing to deer and calling it horse83]

7. proverb = 成语 chéngyǔ

[audio:http://chinesecharacteraday.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/8.-proverb83.mp3|titles=8. proverb83]

8. describe = 形容 xíngróng

[audio:http://chinesecharacteraday.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/9.-describes83.mp3|titles=9. describes83]

9. situation = 壮 况zhuàngkuàng

[audio:http://chinesecharacteraday.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/10.-situation83.mp3|titles=10. situation83]

10. right and wrong are deliberately mixed up =

是非shìfēi
故意 gùyì
被搞乱bèi gǎo luàn .
[audio:http://chinesecharacteraday.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/11.-right-and-wrong-mixed-up83.mp3|titles=11. right and wrong mixed up83]


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#82- Something about the wily eunuch Zhao (Cont’d 1)

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One day, Eunuch Zhao presented a deer to the Second Emperor at court, all the time pointing to the animal and calling it a horse. The Emperor laughed in disbelief and asked the ministers
around him for their opinion.


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1.有一天,赵太监在朝廷上赠送一匹鹿给秦二皇
= One day, Eunuch Zhao presented a deer to the Second Emperor at court,
2.并同时指著动物称牠为马
= all the time pointing to the animal and calling it a horse.
3.皇帝笑而不信
= The Emperor laughed in disbelief
4. 并询问身边围绕的大臣们的意见
= and asked the ministers around him for their opinion


:) Chinese Idiom 

A short video clip of Calling A Stag A Horse (指鹿為馬 zhǐlùwéimǎ )


Vocabulary

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1 One day = 有一天 yǒu yī tiān

[audio:http://chinesecharacteraday.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/1.-one-day82.mp3|titles=1. one day82]

2 present = 赠送 zèngsòng

[audio:http://chinesecharacteraday.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/2.-presented82.mp3|titles=2. presented82]

3 a deer = 一匹鹿 yī pǐ lù

[audio:http://chinesecharacteraday.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/3.-a-deer82.mp3|titles=3. a deer82]

4 court = 朝廷 cháotíng

[audio:http://chinesecharacteraday.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/4.-court82.mp3|titles=4. court82]

5 all the time = 同时 tóngshí

[audio:http://chinesecharacteraday.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/5.-all-the-time82.mp3|titles=5. all the time82]

6 point = 指着 zhǐ zhe

[audio:http://chinesecharacteraday.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/6.-pointing82.mp3|titles=6. pointing82]

7 animal = 动物 dòngwù

[audio:http://chinesecharacteraday.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/7.animal82.mp3|titles=7.animal82]

8 calling it a horse = 称牠为马 chèn tā wéi mǎ

Chinese Idiom:
Calling A Stag A Horse =指鹿為馬 zhǐlùwéimǎ
[audio:http://chinesecharacteraday.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/8.-calling-it-a-horse82.mp3|titles=8. calling it a horse82]

9 laugh in disbelief =不信而笑 bù xìn ér xiào

[audio:http://chinesecharacteraday.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/9.-laughed-in-disbelief82.mp3|titles=9. laughed in disbelief82]

10 ask = 询问 xúnwèn`

[audio:http://chinesecharacteraday.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/10.-asked82.mp3|titles=10. asked82]

11 the ministers =大臣们 dàchén men

Singular: A minister= 大臣dàchén
Plural: the ministers = 大臣们 dàchén men

[audio:http://chinesecharacteraday.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/11.the-ministers82.mp3|titles=11.the ministers82]

12 opinion = 意见 yìjiàn

[audio:http://chinesecharacteraday.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/12.-opinion82.mp3|titles=12. opinion82]

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#81- Something about the wily eunuch Zhao

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Eunuch Zhao was now so powerful that he wished to be the Emperor himself. Only one man stood between him and the throne– the Second Emperor. He decided to test the ministers to see how far they would follow him.


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1.赵太监势力愈来愈强大, 强盛到他自己想当皇帝
= Eunuch Zhao was now so powerful that he wished to be the Emperor himself
2.只有一人站在他和皇位之间,而这一个人就是秦二皇
= Only one man stood between him and the throne- the Second Emperor
3.他(赵太监)终於决定试验所有的大臣并看他们会跟随他到多远
= He decided to test the ministers to see how far they would follow him.


Vocabulary

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1. Eunuch Zhao =赵太监 Zhào tàijiàn

[audio:http://chinesecharacteraday.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/1.-Eunuch-Zhao81.mp3|titles=1. Eunuch Zhao81]

2. Powerful = 势力强大 shìli qiángdà

[audio:http://chinesecharacteraday.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/2.-powerful81.mp3|titles=2. powerful81]

3. wish =想(作) xiǎng (zuò)

[audio:http://chinesecharacteraday.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/3.wished81.mp3|titles=3.wished81]

4. Emperor = 皇帝 huángdì

[audio:http://chinesecharacteraday.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/4.emperor81.mp3|titles=4.emperor81]

5. Only = 只有 zhǐyǒu

[audio:http://chinesecharacteraday.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/5.-only81.mp3|titles=5. only81]

6. one man = 一人 yī rén

[audio:http://chinesecharacteraday.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/6.-one-man81.mp3|titles=6. one man81]

7. throne = 皇位 huángwèi

[audio:http://chinesecharacteraday.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/7-throne81.mp3|titles=7, throne81]

8. decide = 决定 juédìng

[audio:http://chinesecharacteraday.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/8.-decided81.mp3|titles=8. decided81]

9. test = 试验 shìyàn

[audio:http://chinesecharacteraday.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/9.-test81.mp3|titles=9. test81]

10. ministers = 大臣 dàchén

[audio:http://chinesecharacteraday.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/10.ministers81.mp3|titles=10.ministers81]

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#80- Prime Minister Li V.S The wily eunuch

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Prime Minister Li announced that the First Emperor was dead and Prince Hu was now Second Emperor. Not long afterwards, a power struggle began between Prime Minister Li and the wily eunuch. The Second Emperor sided with his former tutor, Zhao. He had Li executed, and appointed Zhao Gao to be the new prime minister.


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[audio:http://chinesecharacteraday.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Chinese-translation2.mp3|titles=Chinese translation]

1.李丞相宣布秦始皇已死而胡 太 子继承了皇位并称秦二皇
= Prime Minister Li announced that the First Emperor was dead and Prince Hu was now Second Emperor.
2.不 久 以 后, 李 丞 相与狡猾的赵高太 监 并开始发生权 力斗 挣.
= Not long afterwards, a power struggle began between Prime Minister Li and the wily eunuch
3.秦二皇帮助前任的导 师赵 高太 监
= The Second Emperor sided with his former tutor, Zhao
4.秦二皇将李 丞 相处死刑 并授 任赵 高为新任丞 相
= He had Li executed, and appointed Zhao Gao to be the new prime minister.


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1. Prime Minister Li = 李 丞相Lǐ chéngxiàng

[audio:http://chinesecharacteraday.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/1.-Prime-minister80.mp3|titles=1. Prime minister80]

2. announce = 宣布 xuānbù

[audio:http://chinesecharacteraday.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/2.-announced80.mp3|titles=2. announced80]

3. The First Emperor = 秦 始 皇qín shǐ huáng

[audio:http://chinesecharacteraday.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/3.first-emperor80.mp3|titles=3.first emperor80]

4. was dead = 已死yǐ sǐ

[audio:http://chinesecharacteraday.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/4.-was-dead80.mp3|titles=4. was dead80]

5. Prince Hu = 胡太子 hú tàizǐ

[audio:http://chinesecharacteraday.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/5.-Prince-Hu80.mp3|titles=5. Prince Hu80]

6. now = 现在 xiànzài

[audio:http://chinesecharacteraday.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/6.-now80.mp3|titles=6. now80]

7. Second Emperor = 秦二皇 Qín èr Huáng

[audio:http://chinesecharacteraday.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/7.-second-emperor80.mp3|titles=7. second emperor80]

8. Not long afterwards = 不久以后 bùjiǔ yǐhòu`

[audio:http://chinesecharacteraday.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/8.afterwards80.mp3|titles=8.afterwards80]

9. power struggle = 权力斗争 quánlìdòuzhēng

[audio:http://chinesecharacteraday.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/9.-power-struggle80.mp3|titles=9. power struggle80]

10. begin = 开始 kāishǐ

[audio:http://chinesecharacteraday.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/10.began80.mp3|titles=10.began80]

11. wily = 狡猾 jiǎohuá

[audio:http://chinesecharacteraday.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/11.-wily80.mp3|titles=11. wily80]

12. side = 帮 bang

[audio:http://chinesecharacteraday.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/12.sided80.mp3|titles=12.sided80]

13. former = 以前的 yǐqián de

[audio:http://chinesecharacteraday.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/13.former80.mp3|titles=13.former80]

14. tutor = 导师 dǎoshī

[audio:http://chinesecharacteraday.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/14.-tutor80.mp3|titles=14. tutor80]

15. appoint = 授任 shòurèn

[audio:http://chinesecharacteraday.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/15.-appointed80.mp3|titles=15. appointed80]

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