ORAL EXERCISE OR TONGUE TWISTERS IN CHINESE

学习一个新语言,口腔肌肉的练习相当重要。
To learn a new language, it is important to exercise your oral muscles.

只有让口腔肌肉形成记忆,你才可以说一口流利的外语。
You can only speak a foreign language fluently if you allow your oral muscles to develop muscle memory.

今天我们来做一次口腔体操。
Today let’s practice an oral exercise, specifically, tongue twisters.

1, 秀才不出门儿,便知天下事。
Literally: Without going outdoors, a scholar knows everything that has happened all over the world.

在中国古代,人们相信,秀才凭借书本里的知识便可知晓发生在世界的事情。
In ancient China, it was believed that a scholar could know what happened in the world by the knowledge in books.

如今,有了互联网,人人都变成了秀才。
Today we have Internet, so everyone is a scholar.

重点词
Key words

秀才 scholar; bachelor; intellectual
门:door; gate
天下:the world
事:matter; affair; thing

2, 大花碗里扣了一只大花活蛤蟆。
The large flower-patterned bowl covered a big, spotted live, toad.

重点词
Key words

碗:bowl
扣:cover; lid
蛤蟆:toad

3, 一个和尚挑水吃,两个和尚抬水吃,三个和尚没水吃。

Everybody’s business is nobody’s business.

Literally: One monk carries two buckets of water with a shoulder yoke; two monks carry one bucket of water together; and three monks have no water to drink.

重点词
Key words
和尚 monk
水 water
吃 to eat, drink
挑 to carry something with a shoulder yoke
抬 to carry something together

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