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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 9! In this lesson you'll learn five essential words related to society and culture. These are five common terms in Chinese pop and traditional culture. 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: 京剧
Damon: Beijing opera
Chloe: (slow) 京剧 (regular) 京剧
Damon: Listeners, please repeat:
Chloe: 京剧
[pause - 5 sec.]
Damon: The Beijing opera combines music, vocal performance, mime, dance, and acrobatics. It is considered ”quintessential Chinese culture."
Damon: Now let's hear a sample sentence using this word.
Chloe: (normal) 一般来说,京剧里有四种主要角色:生,旦,净,丑。
Damon: Generally speaking, there are four major types of roles in Beijing opera: Sheng, Dan, Jing and Chou.
Chloe: (slow) 一般来说,京剧里有四种主要角色:生,旦,净,丑。
Damon: Okay, what’s the next word?
Chloe: 书法
Damon: Chinese calligraphy
Chloe: (slow) 书法 (regular) 书法
Damon: Listeners, please repeat:
Chloe: 书法
[pause - 5 sec.]
Damon: There are a variety of styles of Chinese calligraphy. The essential implements of Chinese calligraphy include the ink brush, ink, paper, and inkstone.
Damon: Now let's hear a sample sentence using this word.
Chloe: (normal) 写书法所需的笔墨纸砚被称为"文房四宝“。
Damon: The necessary implements of Chinese calligraphy—the ink brush, ink, paper and inkstone—are referred to as the Four Treasures of the Study.
Chloe: (slow) 写书法所需的笔墨纸砚被称为"文房四宝“。
Damon: Okay, what’s the next word?
Chloe: 儒家思想
Damon: Confucianism
Chloe: (slow) 儒家思想 (regular) 儒家思想
Damon: Listeners, please repeat:
Chloe: 儒家思想
[pause - 5 sec.]
Damon: Confucianism is an ethical and philosophical system developed from the teachings of Confucius. Confucianism is characterized by its promotion of virtues, including Ren (humaneness), Yi (righteousness), Zhong (loyalty) and Xiao (filial piety).
Damon: Now let's hear a sample sentence using this word.
Chloe: (normal) 仁是儒家思想的核心。
Damon: Ren (Humaneness) is at the core of Confucianism.
Chloe: (slow) 仁是儒家思想的核心。
Damon: Okay, what’s the next word?
Chloe: 武术
Damon: Chinese martial arts
Chloe: (slow) 武术 (regular) 武术
Damon: Listeners, please repeat:
Chloe: 武术
[pause - 5 sec.]
Damon: There are a number of fighting styles in Chinese martial arts, amongst which the Shaolin style is the first institutionalized one. Taichi, Wing Chun and Qigong are also popular styles among the Chinese.
Damon: Now let's hear a sample sentence using this word.
Chloe: (normal) 功夫片深受中国武术的影响。
Damon: Kung fu movies have been greatly influenced by Chinese martial arts.
Chloe: (slow) 功夫片深受中国武术的影响。
Damon: Okay, what’s the last word?
Chloe: 中医
Damon: traditional Chinese medicine
Chloe: (slow) 中医 (regular) 中医
Damon: Listeners, please repeat:
Chloe: 中医
[pause - 5 sec.]
Damon: Traditional Chinese medicine includes a broad range of practices created by the Chinese, including herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage, exercise, and dietary therapy. Traditional Chinese medicine takes longer to work than Western medicine does, but it is relatively mild and good for health.
Damon: Now let's hear a sample sentence using this word.
Chloe: (normal) 中医以阴阳五行作为理论基础。
Damon: Traditional Chinese medicine is based on the theory of Yin-Yang and Five Phases.
Chloe: (slow) 中医以阴阳五行作为理论基础。
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 meanings out loud! Are you ready?
Chloe: 京剧
[pause]Damon: Beijing opera
Chloe: 书法
[pause]Damon: Chinese calligraphy
Chloe: 儒家思想
[pause]Damon: Confucianism
Chloe: 武术
[pause]Damon: Chinese martial arts
Chloe: 中医
[pause]Damon: traditional Chinese medicine

Outro

Damon: There you have it – five common terms in pop and traditional culture 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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Which one of this lesson's traditional activities would you like to watch when you go to China?

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你好 robert groulx!


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thank you for the lesson transcript


favorite festival is 京剧


i like the opera😄


robert