Chinese story-Go all out-yi gu zuo qi-一鼓作气

Tuesday, April 18, 2023

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

During the Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 BC), there was a war between the states of Qi and Lu.
春秋时,有一次齐国和鲁国交战。
chūn  qiū  shí  ,  yǒu  yī  cì  qí  guó  hé  lǔ  guó  jiāo  zhàn  。 

When the Qi army played the first drum,
当齐军打过第一通鼓的时候,
dàng  qí  jūn  dǎ  guò  dì  yī  tòng  gǔ  de  shí  hou  ,

The Duke of Lu Zhuang will also order the drum to be ready for the attack.
鲁庄公也要下令擂鼓,准备冲击,
lǔ  zhuāng  gōng  yě  yào  xià  lìng  lèi  gǔ  ,  zhǔn  bèi  chōng  jī  ,

But General Cao Ji stopped it.
但大将军曹判阻止住了。
dàn  dà  jiāng  jūn  cáo  pàn  zǔ  zhǐ  zhù  le  。

Until the third drum was beaten by the Qi army,
一直等到齐军擂过第三通鼓时,
yī  zhí  děng  dào  qí  jūn  lèi  guò  dì  sān  tòng  gǔ  shí  ,  

Cao Verdict said to Duke Lu Zhuang: Courage is the key to war.
曹判对鲁庄公说:打仗靠的是勇气,
cáo  pàn  duì  lǔ  zhuāng  gōng  shuō  :  dǎ  zhàng  kào  de  shì  yǒng  qì  ,  

At the first beating of the drum, the soldier's courage was greatly roused,
第一次击鼓时,士兵的勇气大大振作,
dì  yī  cì  jī  gǔ  shí  ,  shì  bīng  de  yǒng  qì  dà  dà  zhèn  zuò  ,

The second time was worse, and by the third time,
第二次就要差一些,到第三次击鼓时,
dì  èr  cì  jiù  yào  chà  yī  xiē  ,  dào  dì  sān  cì  jī  gǔ  shí  , 

The soldier had little courage.
士兵几乎没有勇气了。
shì  bīng  jī  hū  méi  yǒu  yǒng  qì  le  。

While the enemy has lost his courage, our courage is high,
当敌人已没有勇气时,而我军勇气正高涨,
dàng  dí  rén  yǐ  méi  yǒu  yǒng  qì  shí  ,  ér  wǒ  jūn  yǒng  qì  zhèng  gāo  zhǎng  ,  

This is the best time to win.
这才是取胜的最好时机。
zhè  cái  shì  qǔ  shèng  de  zuì  hǎo  shí  jī  。  

With Cao's help, Lu Zhuang Gong won the battle.
在曹判的帮助下,鲁庄公打胜了这一仗。
 zài  cáo  pàn  de  bāng  zhù  xià  ,  lǔ  zhuāng  gōng  dǎ  shèng  le  zhè  yī  zhàng  。

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