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INTRODUCTION
Eric: Hello and welcome to Culture Class: Chinese Superstitions and Beliefs, Lesson 5 - Low Lighting and Wearing Red in a Zodiac Recurrent Year. I'm Eric and I'm joined by Dehua.
Dehua: 你好! (nǐhǎo!), I'm Dehua.
THE TWO SUPERSTITIONS
Eric: In this lesson we’ll talk about two common superstitions in China. The first superstition is about bad luck. What’s it called in Chinese?
Dehua: 住所光线暗, (zhùsuǒ guāngxiàn àn).
Eric: Which literally means "low lighting in residence." Dehua, can you repeat the Chinese phrase again?
Dehua: [slow] 住所光线暗 [normal] 住所光线暗
Eric: In China, it's believed that having low lighting in your house is bad.
Dehua: This is related to the concepts of Yin and Yang.
Eric: Darkness is related to Yin, which is negative, while Yang is positive.
Dehua: So, when buying a house, Chinese people avoid choosing a house with little or no light.
Eric: So choose a house with lots of windows and maybe facing south to have light all day.
Dehua: Exactly!
Eric: The second superstition is about good luck. What's it called in Chinese?
Dehua: 本命年穿红色, (běn mìng nián chuān hóngsè).
Eric: Which literally means "wearing red in one's zodiac recurrent year." Let’s hear it in Chinese again.
Dehua: [slow] 本命年穿红色 [normal] 本命年穿红色
Eric: In China, it's believed that one should wear red in their zodiac year. How do we know when our zodiac year is?
Dehua: It’s the year you are 12 years old, 24, 36, 48 and so on.
Eric: But your zodiac year is actually an unlucky year right?
Dehua: That’s correct. But Chinese people believe the color red repels bad luck.
Eric: Oh so wearing red, a lucky color, counteracts the bad luck of your zodiac year.
Dehua: You got it!

Outro

Eric: There you have it - two Chinese superstitions! Are they similar to any of your country’s superstitions? Let us know in the comments!
Dehua: 再见! (Zàijiàn!)

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Do you know any other Chinese superstitions?

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thank you forvthe lesson transcript


favorite phrase is(běn mìng nián chuān hóngsè).


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