This is part 3 of a series in which we practise storytelling in Mandarin Chinese.
Telling stories in Chinese is about more than "saying the right words".
Things like pauses, emphasis and your overall rhythm are key to making your story flow...
So how do you improve these skills so you can keep your listener engaged?
Well, one effective way is to "shadow" a native speaker.
So in today's lesson I'm going to help you practise telling a story out loud with me!
Summary Of Storytelling In Chinese from the video above
Chinese Story: Looking for a New Place
gāo hào zhù zài jiāo qū.
Gao Hao lives in the suburbs.
tā měi tiān xū yào huā liǎng gè duō xiǎo shí lái dào gōng sī.
He spends more than two hours a day commuting to the company.
suī rán jiāo qū de fáng zū bǐ jiào pián yi，
Although the rent in the suburbs is cheaper,
dàn shì tā de fáng zi jù lí gōng sī shí zài shì tài yuǎn le.
his house is too far from the company.
gāo hào jué dìng zū yī gè zài gōng sī fù jìn de fáng zi.
Gao Hao decided to rent a house near the company.
tā zhǎo le gè fáng zhōng jiè wèn: "zhè lǐ fù jìn yǒu fáng zi zū ma?"
He found a real estate agent and asked, "Is there a house for rent nearby?"
fáng zhōng jiè shuō: "yǒu, gāng hǎo zhè lǐ yǒu yī tào fáng zi zài chū zū."
The real estate agent said, "Yes, there just happens to be a house here for rent."
gāo hào yòu wèn zhōng jiè shuō: "zhè gè fáng zi yǒu shén me quē diǎn ya?"
Gao Hao asked the agent again, "What are the disadvantages of this house?"
zhōng jiè hěn chéng shí jiù shuō le：
The agent honestly said :
“tā dōng miàn shì lā jī chǎng，
"There's a garbage dump to the east,
xī miàn shì shāo kǎo chǎng，
a barbecue site to the west,
nán miàn yǒu huà gōng chǎng，
a chemical factory to the south,
běi miàn yǒu yǎng jī chǎng.”
and a chicken farm to the north."
gāo hào yī tīng， shǎ le，“nà nà nà， yōu diǎn ne？”
When Gao Hao heard this, he was dumbfounded, "Then, what about the advantages?"
zhōng jiè yòu shuō shí huà le: "nǐ suí shí néng duàn dìng jīn tiān guā shén me fēng."
The agent told the truth again: "You can always tell what direction the wind is blowing today."
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