Saturday, May 2, 2015

Podcast 6 -- Chinese Folktale 1 (The Sly Fox 狡猾的狐狸)

We are back with our 6th podcast! This podcast will be great for adult learners of Chinese, too. When we first came up with the idea for doing podcasts, all we really wanted was to have interesting or fun things in Chinese for our kids to listen to. We think this hits the nail on the head. Kids love stories, and this is a Chinese folktale about a sly fox. It's about 8 minutes long, and we read it in both English and Chinese. We hope to do many more stories in the future!

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Text of the story:

The sly fox 狡猾的狐

Two cats were fighting over some food 两只猫互相争夺美食。
Cat 1 said: “I found it, so it’s mine!”“这是我发现的,所以是我的!”
Cat 2 said  “No, I found it first, it should be mine!”“不对,我先发现的,应该是我的!”
Cat 1 said  “No, I was first, give it to me!”“不,是我先的,拿来!”
Cat 2 said  “I won’t give it to you!”“才不给哩!”
Cat 1 said  “Let go!”“放手啊!”
Cat 2 said  “I won’t let go!”“才不放手!
Both cats wouldn’t give in, and they grabbed tightly to the food and didn’t let go. 两只猫互不退让,紧抓着食物不放。
A fox that was walking by stopped, and looked at them with his shiny eyes. 过路的狐狸停住了脚,用两只闪亮的眼睛看了看。
Then he got right in between the two cats. 然后硬闯入这两只猫中间。
Uncle Fox said: “Children, what are you fighting about?”“孩子们,你们吵什么?”
Cat 1 said  “Um… Uncle Fox, please judge, he wants to steal the food I found!” “嗯!狐狸伯伯,请评理,是他想抢走我发现的食物啊!”
Cat 2 said  “Wrong, I found it!”“不对,这是我先发现的!”
Uncle Fox said: “OK, I know! Uncle Fox will fairly split the food in half. Stop fighting, and go get a scale.”“我知道了,知道了!伯伯会好好地把食物分成两半的,不要在吵了,去拿秤来.
The fox divided the food into two halves, and he weighed them on the scale. 狐狸将食物分成两半,并且用秤量了起来。
Uncle Fox said: “Gee, the right side is heavier!” “咦,右边比较重喔!”
As the fox said this, he ate a small bite from the half of the food on the right. 狐狸说着就把右边的一半咬下了一小口。
Uncle Fox said: “Ah! This time the left side is heavier!”“啊!这次变成左边比较重啦!”
Then the fox again ate another bite from the right side. 接着狐狸又咬了一口右边的食物。
Uncle Fox said: “Now the right side is too light!”“这样右边又太轻了!”
Next he ate a bite from the left side.于是再咬下一口左边的。
The two cats watched with open eyes as the food on the scale became the size of a bean. 两只猫睁着眼睛看着秤上的食物,变成了豆粒般大小。
Cat 1 said, “There's really no choice, just let uncle eat it all, I guess! “实在没办法啦!就让伯伯吃光吧!”
As a result the fox ate up all the food, and then even said "Ah! So yummy! Ok, bye!"  结果狐狸把食物吃的一干二净,还说:“啊!真好吃!嗨!再见了!”
What a sly fox! 多么狡猾的狐狸呀!
Cat 1 said "how great it would have been if only we didn't fight and equally shared the food!"  “我们两个如果不吵架,好好的把那食物分开来吃该多好啊!”

The two cats hung their head in sadness, and afterwards were never willing to fight again. 垂头丧气,以后再也不敢吵架了。


  1. So cute...Oh ! I've become like a little child once more !

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  3. I wanted to thank you for this great read!! I definitely enjoying every little bit of it I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post. radioshow

  4. This is read and spoken so beautifully. Never mind the kids, I loved it! Mum