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Lesson 8 – Advanced – Inspired by Reading Story “有舍才有得”

During the process of reading, we can not only review what we have learned but also can learn new things. Besides, we can learn some truth or principles for living a good life. Therefore, it is important for those wholearn Chinese in China to read more, especially the simple but profound stories.

Just like the process of reading books, we choose the good ones which can enlighten us to read, students who learn Mandarin also should find some short stories with profound meanings to read to learn Chinese language.

The following text is a meaningful tale about person’s attitude towards life named “有舍才有得” provided forChinese language learners who study in China. After reading it, you will get much benefit both in your language skills and mental life.

We separate the text into two parts. The former part is designed for students to learn the background when they learn Chinese language.

After knowing the basic background of this story, the later part is the beneficial one for life attitude. Most learners like the meaningful parts when they study Chinese by reading this type of stories.

After finishing reading the whole story, students may have learned much and it is mostly understood. However, for the purpose of improving students’ language skill and checking the learning results, we often ask some relevant questions in Mandarin learning courses.

1. 那个小屋:
A 主人不在家 B 门没锁上 C 里面有一些吃的 D 屋里存了好多水
The first question is set to check the ability of seizing the details. Most students in Chinese language school find it difficult. But this one is simple. When we see “那个小屋”, we should pay the attention to the first two paragraphs. Then we can easily choose the right answer B. The traveler goes in and finds just one bottle of water.

2. 旅行者发现的抽水机:
A 已经坏了 B 在小屋的外面 
C 上面有一个软木塞 D 需要倒些水进去才能用
This is also about the details. We can check the answer one by one when we teach Mandarin language. According to “用水灌入抽水机才能引水”, A is wrong and D is the correct choice. The traveler finds it inside the cabin, so B is incorrect. We see “一个用软木塞堵住瓶口的小瓶子”, so it is not on the “抽水机”.

3. 旅行者:
A 很自私 B 忘了把瓶子装满水 
C 按纸条上说的做了 D 把瓶子里的水喝完了
For question three, we can find answer from the sentence “他决定把瓶子里唯一的水全部灌入抽水机里”, indicating the traveler follows the note. Actually, if you go to school to study Mandarin, the teacher will tell you that the options A, B and D are in contradiction to C. So you can choose C directly.

4. 上文主要谈的是:
A 沙漠里很缺水 B 该怎么使用抽水机 
C 如何在沙漠里找到水 D 取得之前先学会付出
To answer this question, learners need not only understand the whole meaning, but also need to comprehend the implicative meaning of this passage. This kind of question is often seen in Mandarin learning courses in China. The traveler pours a bottle of water for more water, so we should give before we gain. D is right.

I believe learners benefit a lot from this massage, not only in the improvement of the language skills but also in the attitude towards life.

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