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Chinese Reading Practice: Two Rainbows
In this story, Grandma Bear (熊奶奶 – xióng nǎi nai) comes down with an illness that can only be cured by seeing a rainbow (彩虹 -cǎi hóng), and Uncle Frog (青蛙大叔 – qīng wā dà shū) jumps in to make it happen.
This story is about level HSK 3.
Some vocabulary you might need:
There are four characters in this story. Besides Grandma Bear and Uncle Frog, we also have Little Fox (小狐狸 – xiǎo hú li) and Little White Pig (小白猪 – xiǎo bái zhū)
There are also a few intermediate vocab words here:
幸福 xìng fú – Prosperity or good fortune
横跨 héng kuà – To span, to be laid across something
本事 běn shi – Skill, ability
一模一样 yī mó yī yàng – Exactly the same
架起 jià qǐ – 架 is a “rack” or “frame”. To 架起 something is to take multiple things and gather them together, setting them into a frame or boundary. In this story, flowers are being planted, arranged in the ground to form a a specific shape.
一道 yī dào – You probably know that 道 means “road”, but in this case, it’s a measure word for something shaped like a road.
高兴得拍起了手 gāo xìng de pāi qǐ le shǒu –  “So happy [one] claps their hands [in delight].”
青蛙大叔从熊奶奶家里出来后,心里想:“听说美丽的彩虹有七种颜色,横跨在空中,我怎么能让熊奶奶看到彩虹呢?” 青蛙大叔终于想出了个好办法:”我没有本事让天空出现彩虹,但是可以在地里种上各种颜色的鲜花,让它像天上的彩虹一样美。
Two Rainbows
Grandma Bear was sick. Good-hearted Grandma Bear had once made a hat for Little Fox, and made a flower wreath for Little White Pig, and of course also did many good deeds for the other animals. Now that Grandma Bear was sick, everyone wanted to go help her.
Little Fox brought her a jar of honey. Little White Pit brought her a bottle of water.
Uncle Frog went to visit Grandma Bear, and Grandma Bear said: “I want to see a rainbow, rainbows are the most beautiful things in the world, whoever sees them will have good fortune, but I probably won’t be able to see one.”
Uncle Frog comforted Grandma Bear saying: “You’ll see a rainbow, you’ll have good fortune.”
After Uncle Frog came out of Grandma Bear’s house, in his heart he thought: “I’ve heard that beautiful rainbows have seven colors, stretching across the sky, how can I let Grandma Bear see a rainbow?” Uncle Frog finally thought up a good solution: “I don’t have the ability to make a rainbow appear in the sky, but I can plant all sorts of colored flowers in the ground, so they are just as beautiful as a rainbow in the sky.”
Outside of Grandma Bear’s window Uncle Frog used all sorts of colored flowers to put into a flower rainbow. Then, he loudly shouted towards Grandma Bear’s window: “Grandma Bear! Quick, open your window!”
Grandma Bear saw the flower rainbow that Uncle Frog had made with fresh flowers, and said smiling: “Wow! It’s exactly as beautiful as the rainbow I saw in my dreams, how lovely!”
Just then, a rainbow appeared in the sky, Grandma Bear saw two rainbows, and was so happy she clapped her hands.
Grandma Bear saw the rainbows, and to her surprise her sickness was cured! Uncle Frog, Little Fox, and Little White Pig were all so happy.
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