#56- The start of silk production in Constantinople

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Around 550AD, two visiting monks took the risk. They returned from China to the Byzantine Emperor Justin’s court with silkworm eggs hidden in their hollow bamboo walking sticks. That was the start of silk production in Constantinople (present day Istanbul). The Persians leaned the art of silk weaving from the Greeks, but it was not until the thirteenth century that silk production became widespread in Italy and the rest of Europe.

Chinese Translation:

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第 十 三 页dì shí sān yè

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第 二 段dì èr duàn

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Around 550AD (公 元 550 年gōng yuán 550 nián ) , two 两 位 visiting (访 问 fǎng wèn )中 国 的 外国 monks (僧人sēng rén) took the risk (冒险mào xiǎn). They returned from China to the Byzantine 拜 占 庭 Emperor 皇帝 Justin’s court (宫庭gōng ting) with silkworm (蚕cán) eggs (卵luǎn ) hidden (藏 cáng) in their hollow (空kōng) bamboo (竹zhú) walking sticks (棍 gùn). That was the start 开始 of silk production in Constantinople (present day Istanbul). The Persians 波斯人 leaned (学会xué huì ) the art of silk weaving (织 丝 的 技 术 zhī sī de jì shù) from the Greeks 希 腊 人, but it was not until the thirteenth ( 十三shí sān) century (世 纪shì jì) that silk production 丝 的 生 产 became widespread (普 遍的 pǔ biàn de) in Italy (意 大 利 yì dà lì) and the rest of Europe (欧 洲ōu zhōu).


Break-down sentences
1.大约在公 元 550 年, 两位拜访(访问)中国的僧人冒著危险
= Around 550AD, two visiting monks took the risk.

2.他们把蚕卵藏在空的竹棍里,从中国带到 拜占庭的皇帝 (Justin)的宫廷
= They returned from China to the Byzantine Emperor Justin’s court with silkworm eggs hidden in their hollow bamboo walking sticks.

3.丝在Istanbul的生产,就从那时候开始.
= That was the start of silk production in Constantinople (present day Istanbul).

4. 波斯人从希腊那里学会了丝绸编织的技术
= The Persians learned the art of silk weaving from the Greeks,

5. 一直到十三世纪後,丝的生产已经遍佈(普遍的)在义大利以及欧洲各地.
= but it was not until the thirteenth century that silk production became widespread in Italy and the rest of Europe.


Vocabulary

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1. 550AD = 公元年gōng yuán 550 nián

2. visiting = 访问的 fǎng wèn de

3. monk = 僧人sēng rén

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4. risk = 冒险mào xiǎn

5. court = 宫庭gōng tíng

6. silkworm egg = 蚕卵cán luǎn

7. hidden = 藏cáng

8. hollow = 空kōng

9. bamboo walking sticks = 竹棍zhú gùn

10. learn = 学会xué huì

11. art of silk weaving = 织丝的技术zhī sī de jì shù

12. thirteenth century = 十三世纪shí sān shì jì

13. widespread = 普遍的 pǔ biàn de

14. Italy = 意大利yì dà lì

15. Europe = 欧洲ōu zhōu

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