#55 The Story of Silk-silk trade (Cont’d 4)

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English Excerpt:

Page 13

Paragraph one

Because the silk trade was so valuable, Chinese methods of silk production were a closely guarded trade secret. Anyone smuggling silkworm eggs out of China was punished by death.

Chinese Translation:

Page 13 第 十 三 页dì shí sān yè

Paragraph one 第 一 段dì yī duàn

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Because the silk 丝(sī ) trade (贸易 mào yì ) was so valuable ( 价值jià zhí), Chinese (中国zhōng guó) methods (方法fāng fǎ) of silk 丝 production (生产shēng chǎn ) were a closely guarded (不准bù zhǔn泄露的xiè lòu de ) trade 贸易secret (秘密mì mì). Anyone smuggling (私运sī yùn) silkworm (蚕cán) eggs (卵luǎn) out of China 中国 was punished (处罚chǔ fá ) by death (为 死wéi sǐ).


Break-down sentences
1.因为丝的贸易价值越来越高 = Because the silk trade was so valuable,
2.生产丝的方法是不准被洩漏的贸易秘密 = Chinese methods of silk production were a closely guarded trade secret.
3.任何人私运蚕卵到中国境外会受到严重刑罚 = Anyone smuggling silkworm eggs out of China was punished by death.


Vocabulary

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1. Trade = 贸易mào yì

2. Value = 价值jià zhí

3. Methods = 方法fāng fǎ

4. Production = 生产shēng chǎn

5. trade secret = 贸易秘密mào yì mì mì

trade = 贸易mào yì
secret = 秘密mì mì
6. Smuggle = 私运sī yùn

7. Punish = 处罚 chǔ fá

8. Death penalty = 死 刑sǐ xíng

9. Silkworm eggs = 蚕卵cán luǎn

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