Chinese story-A frightened bird-jing gong zhi niao-惊弓之鸟

Tuesday, June 27, 2023

Do you want to learn Chinese through stories? Here is a story named-A frightened bird. Have you ever heard it before? Let's take a look.

One day Geng Lei and the King of Wei stood on a high platform and looked up and saw a bird flying in the sky.
有一天,更羸和魏王站在一个高台上,仰头看见有鸟在天空中飞。
yǒu  yī  tiān,gèng  léi  hé  wèi  wáng  zhàn  zài  yī  gè  gāo  tái  shang,yǎng  tóu  kàn  jiàn  yǒu  niǎo  zài  tiān  kōng zhōng  fēi。
 
Majesty, please see that I can shoot down a bird by drawing my bow without firing arrows.
更羸对魏王说:请大王看看,我可以只拉弓不发箭而把鸟射下来。
gèng  léi  duì  wèi  wàng  shuō:"qǐng  dà  wáng  kàn  kàn,wǒ  kě  yǐ  zhǐ  lā  gōng  bù  fà  jiàn  ér  bǎ  niǎo  shè  xià lái。”  

The king of Wei said incredulously: "Can your archery reach such a high level?
魏王不相信地说:难道你的射术可以达到这样的水平吗?
wèi  wàng  bù  xiāng  xìn  de  shuō:”nán  dào  nǐ  de  shè  shù  kě  yǐ  dá  dào  zhè  yàng  de  shuǐ  píng  ma  ?” 
 
Geng Lei said confidently, 'Yes.'
更羸很自信地说:可以。
gèng  léi  hěn  zì  xìn  de  shuō  :  kě  yǐ  。  
 
After a while, a wild goose flew in from the east. Geng Lei picked up the bow and pulled the empty string.
过了一小会儿,一只雁从东方飞来,更羸拿起弓拉了一下空弦,
guò  le  yī  xiǎo  huì  er,yī  zhǐ  yàn  cóng  dōng  fāng  fēi  lái,gèng  léi  ná  qǐ  gōng  lā  le  yī  xià  kōng  xián,  

The goose suddenly fell to the ground.
那只雁就一下子栽落到地上。
nà  zhǐ  yàn  jiù  yī  xià  zi  zāi  luò  dào  dì  shang。
  
The king of Wei marveled, "The skill of archery can actually reach such a state!
魏王惊叹说:射箭的本领居然可以达到这样一种地步!
wèi  wàng  jīng  tàn  shuō  :  shè  jiàn  de  běn  lǐng  jū  rán  kě  yǐ  dá  dào  zhè  yàng  yī  zhǒng  dì  bù! 

Geng Lei said, "This is a wounded fox goose! The king of Wei said, "How do you know this?
更羸说:这是一只受伤的狐雁啊!魏王说:先生是怎么知道的呢?
 gèng  léi  shuō  :  zhè  shì  yī  zhǐ  shòu  shāng  de  hú  yàn  a!wèi  wàng  shuō  :  xiān  sheng  shì  zěn  me  zhī  dao  de  ne? 
 
Geng Lei replied, 'It flew very slowly and its cry was tragic.
更羸回答说:它飞得很缓慢,叫声很悲惨。
gèng  léi  huí  dá  shuō  :  tā  fēi  de  hěn  huǎn  màn, jiào  shēng  hěn  bēi  cǎn。

Fly slowly, because the old wound pain; It's sad because I've been out of the crowd for so long.
飞得慢, 是因为旧伤疼痛;叫得惨,是因为长久失群。
fēi  de  màn,shì  yīn  wèi  jiù  shāng  téng  tòng,jiào  de  cǎn,shì  yīn  wèi  cháng  jiǔ  shī  qún。

His fear that his old wound had not healed had not gone away,
由于它的旧伤没有长好而害怕的心情又没有去掉,
yóu  yú  tā  de  jiù  shāng  méi  yǒu  zhǎng  hǎo  ér  hài  pà  de  xīn  qíng  yòu  méi  yǒu  qù  diào,

So as soon as he heard the sound of the bowstring, he hastened to fly higher up. This caused his wound to burst and he fell down from high altitude.
所以一听见弓弦响,就急忙往高处飞,这就引起伤口破裂,从高空掉下来了。
suǒ  yǐ  yī  tīng  jiàn  gōng  xián  xiǎng  ,  jiù  jí  máng  wǎng  gāo  chù  fēi,zhè  jiù  yǐn  qǐ  shāng  kǒu  pò  liè,cóng  gāo kōng  diào  xià  lái  le。  

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