Chinese story-Teach a fish to swim-ban men nong fu-班门弄斧Thursday, March 2, 2023
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Lu Ban was born in the State of Lu during the Warring States Period.
lǔ bān shì Zhàn guó shí dài de lǔ guó rén。
He was a dab hand at making delicate instruments,
tā shì yī gè shàn yú zhì zuò jīng qiǎo qì jù de néng shǒu，
People call him "Qiao Man",
rén men jiào tā“qiǎo rén"，
People always regard him as the ancestor of carpenter.
mín jiān lì lái bǎ tā fèng wèi mù jiàng de shǐ zǔ。
One day, a young carpenter casually walked up to a house with a large red door,
yǒu yī tiān,yī gè nián qīng de mù jiàng màn bù jīng xīn de zǒu dào yī gè dà hóng mén de fáng zi qián，
Holding up the axe in his hand, he said, "This axe is not much, but whatever wood it is,
jǔ qǐ zì jǐ shǒu li de fǔ zi,shuō:“wǒ zhè bǎ fǔ zi, bié kàn tā bù qǐ yǎn,kě bù guǎn shì shén me mù liào，
As soon as it gets into my hands,
zhǐ yào dào le wǒ de shǒu li ，
With my axe like this,
yòng wǒ de fǔ tou zhè me yī nòng，
You're going to make something really beautiful.
jiù huì zuò chū piào liang wú bǐ de dōng xi lái。”
The people nearby listened,
páng biān de rén tīng le，
I thought he was too boastful,
jué de tā tài kuā kǒu，
He pointed to the big red door behind him and said, "Little master, can you make a better door than this one?"
jiù zhǐ zhe shēn hòu de dà hóng mén shuō : “ xiǎo shī fu ， nà nǐ néng zuò chū bǐ zhè shàn hái hǎo de mén ma?”
The young carpenter said haughtily, "I don't mean to brag, but I used to be a student of Lu Ban. It is a joke that I can't make such a simple door."
nián qīng de mù jiàng ào màn de shuō : “ bù shì wǒ chuī niú ， gào su nǐ men ， wǒ céng jīng dāng guò lǔ bān de xué sheng ， nán dào hái zuò bù chū zhè yàng yī shàn jiǎn dān de dà mén lái ， jiǎn zhí shì xiào hua。"
When they heard this, they couldn't help laughing and said, "This is Mr. Lu Ban's home. This door is made by his own hands. Can you really make a better door than this one?"
zhòng rén tīng le ， rěn bù zhù dà xiào qǐ lái ， shuō : “ zhè jiù shì lǔ bān xiān sheng de jiā ， zhè shàn jiù shì tā qīn shǒu zuò de ， nǐ zhēn de néng zuò chū bǐ zhè shàn hái hǎo de mén ma ? "
The young carpenter ran away in shame.
nà wèi nián qīng de mù jiàng bù hǎo yì si de pǎo diào le 。
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