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Hello everyone. Welcome to Chinese weekly words, I am Yinru. 大家好,我是Yinru, and this week, we will have Chinese Musical Instruments. Chinese Musical Instruments.
The first one is 二胡(èrhú). I think in English, we just call it “erhu” because it is very Chinese instrument and the word 二 (èr) means two because the instrument has two strings.
二胡的声音很悲伤。(Èrhú de shēngyīn hěn bēishāng.) Like, “the sound of erhu is very sad.”
Okay 锣(luó) is a very loud instrument. When you hit it, it makes a I don’t know, it’s called "gong".
锣和鼓经常在一起演奏。(Luó hé gǔ jīngcháng zài yīqǐ yǎnzòu.)"Gong is always played with drums."
Next one is 箫(xiāo).
箫(xiāo) is I think it’s like, it’s not a flute but it’s played like this way a long one, made of Bamboo.
经常在中国电影里面你会听到箫。 (Jīngcháng zài zhōngguó diànyǐng lǐmiàn nǐ huì tīngdào xiāo.)"You will often hear xiao in many Chinese movies."
Next one, 琵琶(pípá).
琵琶(pípá) also in English, it’s called Pipa because it’s very Chinese, there is no English equivalent I guess. It’s like you play this way or this way. I don’t know either this or this.
You can ask someone 你会弹琵琶吗?(Nǐ huì dàn pípá ma?)"Can you play pipa?"
Okay, 唢呐(suǒnà).
唢呐(suǒnà) is something like I would say a trumpet kind of like thing. It’s very Chinese again. Because we’re talking about Chinese instruments. I was trying to remember if it’s in a funeral or wedding.
在中国的婚礼上人们会吹唢呐。(Zài zhōngguó de hūnlǐ shàng rénmen huì chuī suǒnà.)"In Chinese weddings people play suona.” Sometimes, in very traditional Chinese weddings.
Oh yeah that’s the end. All right, that’s all for this week’s weekly words. We have Chinese musical instruments. And I am Yinru and I will see you next week. Bye bye 再见!


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Sunday at 06:30 PM
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Which word do you like the most?

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Friday at 08:18 PM
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你好 robert groulx,

You are very welcome. 😇

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robert groulx
Monday at 10:53 PM
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thank you for the lesson

my favorite instrument is 在中国的婚礼上人们会吹唢呐


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Hello Sira,

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We don't provide photos in this video series.

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Sira supradidaporn
Saturday at 01:43 AM
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Why aren't have each words photos

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Hello Maureen

I understand your points.

As Laura mentioned, hopefully there will be some new video lessons about Chinese musical instruments.

Thanks for your post.


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Wednesday at 02:53 AM
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I agree with Tim, I was surprised not to see any pictures, even a small one in a corner of the video. The pictures help memorizing, especially for such a cultural topic for which we don't have any previous references.

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Hi Tim,

Thank you for your feedback.

We will consider working on a video series about Chinese musical instruments, including the information you are suggesting.

The current series, is just meant to teach the students new vocabulary words. :grin:

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Thursday at 12:39 AM
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Wouldn't it be helpful to show what the instruments look like? and hear how they sound? how they are played?

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Hi Faustina,

Hello Arthur,

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Faustina > We appreciate your suggestion, and it will be considered.

Arthur > We are glad to hear that you are enjoying our lessons :thumbsup:

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Thursday at 06:27 PM
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I was very happy to learn about the `zayo'. Henceforth, I will be sure to listen for a zayo in all of the Chinese movies I watch .