Saturday, May 20, 2017

Slow Read Chinese -- Burn the Midnight Oil




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熬夜
通常,我喜欢早睡早起。最近,公司里有一些项目催得急,我分管的任务必须在下周三完成,于是,我决定从今天晚上开始熬夜。
等家人都睡着了以后,屋子里完全安静了下来,我打开了电脑,继续我的设计。因为没有小孩子的干扰,我全神贯注地工作了四个小时,凌晨三点时,终于把今天的计划任务完成了。我感觉困极了,站起身,揉了揉发胀的眼睛,伸展了一下胳膊和腿脚,长长地舒了一口气。
虽然很累,但是看着手中的任务完成了不少,我心里很满意。如果保持今天的工作效率,一定能在下周三以前完成我分管的设计任务。
关键词 keywords:
to work or study until deep into the night
:normally, usually
:early to bed, early to rise
to be put in charge of...
to concentrate one’s attentention completely (idiom)
very early in the morning
to keep, to maintain
productivity, efficiency




Sunday, May 14, 2017

Slow Read Chinese -- Learn Chinese Character


认字
一天晚上,吃过晚饭后,父亲用手指蘸了茶水在饭桌上写了一个“一” 字,让刚学认字的儿子学习。
父亲说:“记住了,这是‘一’ 字”。
儿子看了看桌上的“一” 字,回答:“ 记住了。”
第二天中午,父亲正在拖地,看见儿子和邻居的小孩玩游戏,于是,把儿子叫了过来。父亲用拖把在地板上写了一个大大的“一” 字,问儿子:“ 这是什么字?”  儿子瞪大了眼,看了半天,没回答。
父亲着急了:“ 仔细想想,昨晚才教你的。” 儿子依旧一脸茫然,说:“ 不知道。”
父亲气急:“ 怎么会不知道呢? 这是‘一’ 字。 昨晚我用手指在饭桌上写的就是这个字。怎么就忘了?”
儿子一脸无辜,说道:“ 昨晚那么小, 今天就变这么大了,谁还认得出来。”


Learning Chinese Character
One evening, after finishing supper, father dipped his finger into the tea and wrote a Chinese character ‘一‘  on the dinner table. Then he asked his son, who just started learning Chinese character, to learn this character 一.
Father said, “ Remember, this character is yī .”
Son looked at the character and said, “I got it.”
The next day, at noon, the father was mopping the floor. When he saw his son and neighbor’s kid were playing a game, the father asked his son to come over and wrote a big 一 on the floor with the mop. He asked, “What character is this?” The son stared at the character for quite a while, without any answer.
The father lost his patience, said, “ Think again carefully. I just taught you last evening.”
Still, the son had no clue, said, “I don’t know.”
The father was a bit irritated. He said, “How come you don’t know? This character is yī , the one I wrote with my finger on the dinner table. How come you just forget?”
The son looked very innocent, said, “ It was so small last night. Now it becomes this big. No one can recognize it. ”