#48 The Color Yellow

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English Excerpt:

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Paragraph Three

Yellow is the color of earth. It corresponds to the Center. Yellow was reserved for the Emperor and members of the imperial family. No commoner was allowed to wear imperial yellow colors, except by permission from the Emperor. To be given a yellow jacket by the Emperor was a mark of special favor.
Chinese Translation:

Page eleven = 第 十 一 页dì shí yī yè

Paragraph Three = 第 三段dì sān duàn

Yellow (黄huáng) is the color (颜色yán sè) of earth (土tǔ) . It (它 tā)corresponds (象征 xiàng zhēng) to the Center (中心zhōng xīn) . Yellow 黄 was reserved for the Emperor (皇帝huáng dì) and members of the imperial family (皇族huáng zú) . No commoner (平民píng míng) was allowed to wear (穿chuān) imperial yellow 黄 colors 颜色, except by permission (准许zhún xǔ) from the Emperor 皇帝. To be given a yellow jacket (黄马褂huáng mǎ guà) by the Emperor 皇帝 was a mark of special (特别tè bié) favor (待遇dài yù) .


Vocabulary

1. Yellow = 黄huáng

2. Color = 颜色 yán sè

3. Earth = 土 tǔ

4. Center = 中心zhōng xīn

5. Emperor = 皇帝huáng dì

6. Imperial family = 皇族huáng zú

7. Commoner = 平民píng míng

8. wear = 穿 chuān

9. permission = 准许zhún xǔ

10. yellow jacket = 黄马褂huáng mǎ guà

11. special = 特别tè bié

12. Favor = 待遇dài yù


Let’s practice AGAIN by the following breakdown sentences!!!

1. 黄 是 土 的 颜 色= Yellow is the color of earth


2. 它 象征中国天下的中心= It corresponds to the Center

3. 古时只有皇帝或皇族才可以穿黄色的衣服= Yellow was reserved for the Emperor and members of the imperial family

4. 普通的平民一个都不敢穿黄衣服= No commoner was allowed to wear imperial yellow colors

5. 除非皇帝允许他穿= except by permission from the Emperor

6. 如果皇帝赐赏一件黄马褂,那算是非常了不起的特别待遇= To be given a yellow jacket by the Emperor was a mark of special favor