Tortoise and Rabbit Race-Learn Chinese through Cartoons

Sunday, January 29, 2023

Do you want to learn Chinese through cartoons? Today we will learn a story about Tortoise and Rabbit Race. Have you heard before? Let's get started.

One day, the hare and the tortoise ran in a race in the forest.
一天,兔子和乌龟在森林里赛跑。
yì tiān , tù zi hé wū ɡuī zài sēn lín lǐ sài pǎo.

The hare laughed at the tortoise's slow climb. 
兔子嘲笑乌龟爬得慢。
tù zi cháo xiào wū ɡuī pá dé màn.

The tortoise said, "One day I will win." 
乌龟说:“总有一天我会赢的。
wū ɡuī shuō: "zǒnɡ yǒu yì tiān wǒ huì yínɡ de".

The hare said contemptuously, "Let's start the race now!"
兔子轻蔑地说:“我们现在开始比赛吧!”
tù zi qīnɡ miè dì shuō: "wǒ men xiàn zài kāi shǐ bǐ sài bɑ".

 The tortoise agreed, and the hare shouted, "The race starts!"
乌龟同意了,兔子喊道:“比赛开始了!”
wū ɡuī tónɡ yì le, tù zi hǎn dào: "bǐ sài kāi shǐ le!"

The rabbit ran quickly, while the tortoise crawled desperately. 
兔子跑得很快,而乌龟拼命爬行。
tù zi pǎo dé hěn kuài, ér wū ɡuī pīn mìnɡ pá xínɡ.

After a while, the hare and the tortoise were far away. 
过了一会儿,兔子和乌龟走远了。
ɡuò le yí huì ér, tù zi hé wū ɡuī zǒu yuǎn le.

The hare thought that the race was too easy. 
兔子认为比赛太容易了。
tù zi rèn wéi bǐ sài tài rónɡ yì le.

He had to sleep for a while first, and he thought that even if he woke up, the tortoise would not be able to catch up with him.
他必须先睡一会儿,他想即使他醒了,乌龟也追不上他。
tā bì xū xiān shuì yí huì ér, tā xiǎnɡ jí shǐ tā xǐnɡ le, wū ɡuī yě zhuī bú shànɡ tā.

The tortoise, on the other hand, kept crawling and crawling. 
而乌龟继续爬行。
ér wū ɡuī jì xù pá xínɡ.

When he got to the rabbit, he was already exhausted. 
当他到达兔子身边时,他已经筋疲力尽了。
dānɡ tā dào dá tù zi shēn biān shí, tā yǐ jīnɡ jīn pí lì jìn le.

But the tortoise thought that if he took a rest like the rabbit, he would not win the race.
但乌龟认为,如果他像兔子一样休息,他就不会赢得比赛。
dàn wū ɡuī rèn wéi, rú ɡuǒ tā xiànɡ tù zi yí yànɡ xiū xi, tā jiù bú huì yínɡ dé bǐ sài.

 So the tortoise continued to climb and crawl. 
于是,乌龟继续爬行。
yú shì, wū ɡuī jì xù pá xínɡ.

When the rabbit woke up, the tortoise had reached the end.
兔子醒来时,乌龟已经走到了尽头。
tù zi xǐnɡ lái shí, wū ɡuī yǐ jīnɡ zǒu dào le jìn tóu.

This story tells us, don't underestimate others easily. 
这个故事告诉我们,不要轻易低估别人。
zhè ɡe ɡù shi ɡào su wǒ men, bú yào qīnɡ yì dī ɡū bié rén.

Modesty makes one progress, conceit makes one lag behind.
谦虚使人进步,自负使人落后。
qiān xū shǐ rén jìn bù, zì fù shǐ rén luò hòu.

We should do things in a down-to-earth manner and not give up halfway to achieve success.
我们应该脚踏实地地做事,不要半途而废。
wǒ men yīnɡ ɡāi jiǎo tā shí dì dì zuò shì, bú yào bàn tú ér fèi.

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