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Fluent Fiction - Mandarin Chinese

Are you ready to supercharge your Mandarin Chinese listening comprehension? Our podcast is the perfect tool for you.Studies show that the key to mastering a second language is through repetition and active processing. That's why each episode of our podcast features a story in Mandarin Chinese, followed by a sentence-by-sentence retelling that alternates between Mandarin Chinese and English.This approach not only allows you to fully understand and absorb the vocabulary and grammar but also provides a bilingual support to aid your listening comprehension.But we don't stop there. Research in sociolinguistics highlights the importance of culture in language...

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Recent Episodes of Fluent Fiction - Mandarin Chinese


Spring Adventures: Great Wall Climb & New Friendships

Spring Adventures: Great Wall Climb & New Friendships

Fluent Fiction - Mandarin Chinese: Spring Adventures: Great Wall Climb & New Friendships
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Story Transcript:

Zh: 春天来了,花儿开了,天气很暖和。
En: Spring has arrived, the flowers have bloomed, and the weather is very warm.

Zh: 这一天,小明、丽丽和强强决定去长城春游。
En: On this day, Xiao Ming, Lili, and Qiangqiang decided to go on a spring outing to the Great Wall.

Zh: 他们早上七点出发。
En: They set off at seven in the morning.

Zh: 他们坐上公交车,两个小时后,他们到达了长城。
En: They got on a bus, and two hours later, they arrived at the Great Wall.

Zh: 长城很长,很高。
En: The Great Wall is very long and very high.

Zh: 远处可以...

Episode 12 June 2024 14m and 39s


A Serendipitous Switch: Walks, Phones, and Friendship in Beijing

A Serendipitous Switch: Walks, Phones, and Friendship in Beijing

Fluent Fiction - Mandarin Chinese: A Serendipitous Switch: Walks, Phones, and Friendship in Beijing
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Story Transcript:

Zh: 北京的秋天,天高气爽。
En: Autumn in Beijing is known for its clear skies and pleasant weather.

Zh: 小明和丽丽约好去天坛公园散步。
En: Xiao Ming and Lili had planned to take a walk in the Temple of Heaven Park.

Zh: 他们一早来到公园,阳光透过树叶洒在他们身上,十分温暖。
En: Early in the morning, they arrived at the park, where the sunlight filtered through the leaves, bathing them in warmth.

Zh: 小明和丽丽边走边聊,聊得很开心。
En: Xiao Ming and Lili walked and chatted, enjoying their conversation.

Zh: 过了一会儿,小明说:“我要拍几张照片。”
En: After a while, X...

Episode 11 June 2024 14m and 55s


A Festive Shopping Spree: Friends Prepare for Chinese New Year

A Festive Shopping Spree: Friends Prepare for Chinese New Year

Fluent Fiction - Mandarin Chinese: A Festive Shopping Spree: Friends Prepare for Chinese New Year
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Story Transcript:

Zh: 北京的冬天,寒风凛冽,但王府井大街灯火通明。
En: In Beijing, the winter winds were biting cold, but Wangfujing Street was brightly lit.

Zh: 人群熙熙攘攘,这是春节前夕的节奏。
En: The bustling crowd marked the pace of the approaching Chinese New Year.

Zh: 小明、丽丽和建国决定去商场购物,为春节做准备。
En: Xiao Ming, Lili, and Jianguo decided to go shopping at the mall to prepare for the holiday.

Zh: 走进商场,眼前的景象让他们惊叹不已。
En: As they walked into the mall, the sight in front of them was astonishing.

Zh: 五彩缤纷的装饰,红彤彤的灯笼,琳琅满目的年货,充满了节日的气息。
En: The vibrant decorations, the bright r...

Episode 10 June 2024 14m and 5s


A Family's Unforgettable Spring Day by the Scenic West Lake

A Family's Unforgettable Spring Day by the Scenic West Lake

Fluent Fiction - Mandarin Chinese: A Family's Unforgettable Spring Day by the Scenic West Lake
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Story Transcript:

Zh: 在一个温暖的春天周末,太阳高高挂在西湖的天空上,天空湛蓝如洗。
En: On a warm spring weekend, the sun hung high above West Lake, the sky was as blue as could be.

Zh: 西湖边的柳树抽出了新芽,湖水清澈见底。
En: The willow trees around West Lake sprouted new buds, and the water was clear and transparent.

Zh: 李明和妻子刘娜,以及儿子张伟,一起决定去西湖郊游。
En: Li Ming, his wife Liu Na, and their son Zhang Wei decided to go for a picnic at West Lake.

Zh: 李明开着车,他们一路欢声笑语。
En: Li Ming drove the car, and they laughed and chatted along the way.

Zh: 不...

Episode 9 June 2024 16m and 33s


Family's Journey Through the Forbidden City

Family's Journey Through the Forbidden City

Fluent Fiction - Mandarin Chinese: Family's Journey Through the Forbidden City
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Story Transcript:

Zh: 阳光明媚的一天,小明、丽丽和建国准备去故宫参观。
En: On a sunny day, Xiaoming, Lili, and Jianguo are preparing to visit the Forbidden City.

Zh: 他们从家里出发,乘坐地铁到天安门广场。
En: They set off from home and take the subway to Tiananmen Square.

Zh: 建国是小明和丽丽的爸爸。
En: Jianguo is Xiaoming and Lili's father, and he is a teacher with extensive knowledge of Chinese history.

Zh: 他是一位老师,很懂中国历史。
En: As they enter the Forbidden City, Dad says, "The Forbidden City was the imperial palace of ancient China, built during the Ming Dynasty.

Zh: 走进故宫,爸爸说:“故宫是中...

Episode 8 June 2024 13m and 11s


Idyllic Lakeside Adventures: A Family's Fun Picnic at West Lake

Idyllic Lakeside Adventures: A Family's Fun Picnic at West Lake

Fluent Fiction - Mandarin Chinese: Idyllic Lakeside Adventures: A Family's Fun Picnic at West Lake
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Story Transcript:

Zh: 阳光灿烂的一天,小明和美丽和他们的家人来到西湖野餐。
En: On a sunny day, Xiaoming and Meili, along with their family, went to West Lake for a picnic.

Zh: 西湖很美,有清澈的湖水和满天飞舞的蝴蝶。
En: West Lake was beautiful, with clear lake water and butterflies fluttering everywhere.

Zh: 湖的周围有很多绿树,还有柔软的草地。
En: There were many green trees around the lake, and soft grassy areas.

Zh: 他们把野餐毯子铺在草地上,开始准备食物。
En: They spread their picnic blanket on the grass and began to prepare the food.

Zh: 妈妈拿出了一盒寿司,爸爸带来了一些三明治。
En: Mom took out a box of sushi, and Dad brought some sandwiches.

Episode 7 June 2024 11m and 55s


Secrets and Sunsets: An Enchanting Day at the Forbidden City

Secrets and Sunsets: An Enchanting Day at the Forbidden City

Fluent Fiction - Mandarin Chinese: Secrets and Sunsets: An Enchanting Day at the Forbidden City
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Story Transcript:

Zh: 在一个晴朗的早晨,太阳温暖地洒在故宫的红墙黄瓦上。今天,小明和丽丽来到了这里,他们都非常兴奋。
En: On a bright and sunny morning, the sun warmly shone on the red walls and yellow roofs of the Forbidden City. Today, Xiao Ming and Lili came here, and they were both very excited.

Zh: “你喜欢故宫吗?”丽丽问。
En: "Do you like the Forbidden City?" Lili asked.

Zh: “喜欢,”小明笑着回答,“我觉得这里很神秘。你呢?”
En: "Yes, I do," Xiao Ming replied with a smile. "I think it's very mysterious. How about you?"

Zh: “我也喜欢,”丽丽说,“我特别喜欢看这里的古建筑。”
En: "I like it too," Lili said. "I especially enjoy looking at the anci...

Episode 6 June 2024 14m and 24s


Morning Magic: Exercise and Tai Chi at the Temple of Heaven

Morning Magic: Exercise and Tai Chi at the Temple of Heaven

Fluent Fiction - Mandarin Chinese: Morning Magic: Exercise and Tai Chi at the Temple of Heaven
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Story Transcript:

Zh: 天刚破晓,北京天坛公园里弥漫着清晨的清新气息。
En: As the day broke, the Temple of Heaven Park in Beijing was filled with the refreshing scent of the morning.

Zh: 公园的树叶上还挂着晶莹的露珠。
En: Crystal-clear dewdrops clung to the leaves of the park's trees.

Zh: 一阵微风吹过,露珠轻轻滴落,给大地带来一丝凉意。
En: A gentle breeze blew, causing the dewdrops to fall lightly, bringing a touch of coolness to the ground.

Zh: 小明一大早就来到了天坛。
En: Early in the morning, Xiao Ming arrived at the Temple of Heaven.

Zh: 他喜欢在这里晨练。

Episode 5 June 2024 15m and 47s


Virtual Treasures: Adventures in Futuristic Forbidden City

Virtual Treasures: Adventures in Futuristic Forbidden City

Fluent Fiction - Mandarin Chinese: Virtual Treasures: Adventures in Futuristic Forbidden City
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Story Transcript:

Zh: 在遥远的未来,北京故宫变成了一个高科技乐园,每个人都可以通过脑波控制移动,一切都用虚拟现实技术体验。
En: In the distant future, Beijing's Forbidden City has transformed into a high-tech amusement park where everyone can move using brainwave control, and everything is experienced through virtual reality technology.

Zh: 小明和丽丽是一对好朋友。一天,他们决定去参观故宫。
En: Xiao Ming and Lili are good friends. One day, they decided to visit the Forbidden City.

Zh: 他们来到故宫大门前,只需要闭上眼睛和想到进入,门就自动打开了。他们第一站是太和殿。他们看到古代的皇帝坐在那里接受大臣的拜见,场景栩栩如生。
En: When they arrived at the gates of the Forbidden City, they only needed to close their eyes and think about entering, and the door automatically opened. Their first stop was the Hall of Supreme Harmony. They saw an ancient emperor sitting there, receiving his ministers' homage, and the scene was vividly lifelike.

Z...

Episode 4 June 2024 12m and 30s


Flying Taxis and Quick Thinking: An Adventure in Future Shanghai

Flying Taxis and Quick Thinking: An Adventure in Future Shanghai

Fluent Fiction - Mandarin Chinese: Flying Taxis and Quick Thinking: An Adventure in Future Shanghai
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Story Transcript:

Zh: 在未来的上海,有一对年轻的朋友,明华和丽娜。
En: In the future Shanghai, there are two young friends, Minghua and Lina.

Zh: 他们住在这座科技发达的城市中。在这里,人们不用开车上班,而是乘坐飞行出租车。
En: They live in this technologically advanced city, where people don't drive to work but take flying taxis.

Zh: 这种飞行出租车像小型飞机,可以在城市的天空中飞翔。
En: These flying taxis, resembling small airplanes, can soar through the city's skies.

Zh: 明华和丽娜每天早上都要乘坐飞行出租车去公司。
En: Every morning, Minghua and Lina take a flying taxi to their company.

Zh: 公司在上海的金融区,离他们住的地方有点远。
En: The company is located in Shanghai's financial district, a bit far from where they live.

Zh: 早上的上海,总是充满繁忙和喧嚣。
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Episode 3 June 2024 17m and 36s

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