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INTRODUCTION
Damon: Hi everyone, I’m Damon.
Chloe: And I’m Chloe!
Damon: And welcome to Culture Class: Essential Chinese Vocabulary, Lesson 13! In this lesson you'll learn five essential words related to geography and nature. These are five common plants in China. Hand picked. You can find a complete list of vocabulary at ChineseClass101.com
FIVE KEY VOCABULARY ITEMS
Damon: Chloe, what’s our first word?
Chloe: 冬虫夏草
Damon: Caterpillar fungus
Chloe: (slow) 冬虫夏草 (regular) 冬虫夏草
Damon: Listeners, please repeat:
Chloe: 冬虫夏草
[pause - 5 sec.]
Damon: The literal translation of the Mandarin for Caterpillar fungus means "winter worm, summer grass." It is a fungus that is used as an herbal remedy. The fungus germinates in the living larvae of moths, kills and mummifies them, and then produces the fruiting body which is used as an herbal remedy.
Damon: Now let's hear a sample sentence using this word.
Chloe: (normal) 冬虫夏草很贵。
Damon: Caterpillar fungus is very expensive.
Chloe: (slow) 冬虫夏草很贵。
Damon: Okay, what’s the next word?
Chloe: 梅
Damon: Chinese plum
Chloe: (slow) 梅 (regular) 梅
Damon: Listeners, please repeat:
Chloe: 梅
[pause - 5 sec.]
Damon: The Chinese plum is usually called a plum blossom. It flowers in late winter and early spring and is considered to be a seasonal symbol and a spirit of the country.
Damon: Now let's hear a sample sentence using this word.
Chloe: (normal) 梅是中国人很喜爱的一种植物。
Damon: The Chinese plum is one of the favorite plants in China.
Chloe: (slow) 梅是中国人很喜爱的一种植物。
Damon: Okay, what’s the next word?
Chloe: 当归
Damon: Chinese angelica
Chloe: (slow) 当归 (regular) 当归
Damon: Listeners, please repeat:
Chloe: 当归
[pause - 5 sec.]
Damon: The Chinese angelica is known as female ginseng. It is widely used in traditional Chinese medicine and can be used as an ingredient in soups.
Damon: Now let's hear a sample sentence using this word.
Chloe: (normal) 当归的根是最常见的中药之一。
Damon: The root of the Chinese angelica is one of the most common Chinese traditional medicines.
Chloe: (slow) 当归的根是最常见的中药之一。
Damon: Okay, what’s the next word?
Chloe: 牡丹
Damon: Chinese peony
Chloe: (slow) 牡丹 (regular) 牡丹
Damon: Listeners, please repeat:
Chloe: 牡丹
[pause - 5 sec.]
Damon: The Chinese peony comes in many varieties. The flower is usually big with beautiful colors and is often called the King of Flowers.
Damon: Now let's hear a sample sentence using this word.
Chloe: (normal) 牡丹是中国的四大名花之一。
Damon: The Chinese peony is regarded as one of the “Four Famous Flowers."
Chloe: (slow) 牡丹是中国的四大名花之一。
Damon: Okay, what’s the last word?
Chloe: 水仙
Damon: Chinese sacred lily
Chloe: (slow) 水仙 (regular) 水仙
Damon: Listeners, please repeat:
Chloe: 水仙
[pause - 5 sec.]
Damon: The Chinese sacred lily grows from a bulb. The flowers are paper white and contain an aroma that is barely detectable to the human nose. In Chinese culture, the flower is a symbol of grace and purity.
Damon: Now let's hear a sample sentence using this word.
Chloe: (normal) 水仙的花语是思念。
Damon: The flower language of the Chinese Sacred Lily is "miss you."
Chloe: (slow) 水仙的花语是思念。
QUIZ
Damon: Okay listeners, are you ready to be quizzed on the words you just learned? Chloe will give you the Chinese – please say the English meaning out loud! Are you ready?
Chloe: 冬虫夏草
[pause]Damon: Caterpillar fungus
Chloe: 梅
[pause]Damon: Chinese plum
Chloe: 当归
[pause]Damon: Chinese angelica
Chloe: 牡丹
[pause]Damon: Chinese peony
Chloe: 水仙
[pause]Damon: Chinese Sacred Lily

Outro

Damon: There you have it – five common plants in China! We have more vocab lists available at ChineseClass101.com, so be sure to check them out. Thanks everyone, see you next time!
Chloe: 再见!

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In your country, do you use specific flowers in ceremonies or special events that have a special meaning? Tell us about it below!

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thank you for the lesson transcript


favorite phrase is 当归的根是最常见的中药之一。


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