#11 – Power Over Storms

English Excerpt:
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Power Over Storms

The Chinese dragon is a mythical animal which is connected with water and rain fall. In times of drought, government ministers used to offer sacrifices to the dragon and pray for rain. Dragons are also supposed to have power over moving bodies of water such as rip-tides, storms and tornadoes. They fly by magic and occasionally show themselves as twisters or water sprouts.
Chinese legend says a fish saw a beautiful mountain and decided to swim to the top. It fought its way upstream, struggled against rapids, overcame waterfalls and finally reached the summit. There it found the stream blocked by a locked gate. Undaunted, the fish jumped over the gate and was immediately transformed into a dragon. Thus an ordinary fish can turn into a dragon if it tries hard enough. (Many waterfalls in China are named Dragon’s Gate).


Chinese Translation:
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Power Over Storms

The Chinese (中国 zhōng guó) dragon (龙 lóng) is a mythical animal (动 物 dòng wù) which is connected with water (水shuǐ) and rain (雨yǔ) fall. In times of drought, government ministers used to offer sacrifices to the dragon (龙 lóng) and pray for rain (雨 yǔ). Dragons 龙 are also supposed to have power over moving bodies of water 水 such as rip-tides, storms and tornadoes. They fly (飞fēi) by magic (魔法 mó fǎ) and occasionally show them (他们 tā mén) selves (自己 zì jǐ) as twisters or water 水 sprouts.
Chinese 中国 legend says (说 shuō) a fish (鱼yú) saw a beautiful (美 丽 měi lì) mountain (山shān) and decided to swim (游 yóu) to the top (山 顶 shān dǐng). It (它tā) fought its way upstream, struggled against rapids, overcame waterfalls and finally reached the summit (山顶). There it 它 found the stream (小xiǎo河hé) blocked by a locked gate (门mén). Undaunted, the fish (鱼yú) jumped (跳tiào) over the gate 门 and was immediately transformed into a dragon 龙. Thus an ordinary fish 鱼 can turn into a dragon 龙 if it 它 tries hard enough. (Many waterfalls in China 中国 are named Dragon’s Gate (龙门).


Vocabulary

1. Animal = 动 物 dòng wù

动 dòng means move, act, alter

物 wù means thing, matter

Together, the two words 动物 means MOVING THING OR ANIMAL.


2. Water = 水 shuǐ


3. Rain = 雨 yǔ

The character 雨looks very much like rain drops seen through a window, don’t you think?


4. Fly = 飞 fēi


5. Magic = 魔 mó 法fǎ

魔 mó means magic, mystic, spirit, devil, demon

法 fǎ means law, method, way


6. Them = 他们tā mén) selves = (自己 zì jǐ)

他 们 means they or them

自 己 means self or selves

他 们 自 己 means themselves


7. Say = 说 shuō


also means speak or talk


8. Fish = 鱼 yú


(look for 鱼in Chinese restaurant menus)


9. Beautiful = 美 丽 měi lì


10. Mountain = 山 shān


(Doesn’t 山 look like a mountain?)


11. Mountain Top or Summit = 山 顶 shān dǐng


12. Swim = 游 yóu

(Note the three dots to the left of 游. A character with the `three dots’ radical usually indicate that the word has something to do with water.)


13. It = 它 tā

(Please note that the three pronouns he 他, she她 and it它 are all pronounced tā. However, they are written differently. Many Chinese people, including myself, often mistakenly say he instead of she or it because the three words are all pronounced tā in Chinese.


14. Stream = 小 xiǎo河 hé

小xiǎo means small, little, minor

河 hé means river. Note the three Dots radical to the left of 河


15. Gate = 门 mén


also means door or entrance.


16. Jump = 跳 tiào


also means leap, spring or bounce. Note the radical to the left of 跳.

足 zú means foot and words with this radical usually indicate physical activity.