觀賞國劇Appreciating Chinese Opera
Yesterday, I went with a friend to see a Chinese opera.
你覺得怎麼樣？ 喜歡嗎？ What did you think? Did you like it?
我第一次觀賞國劇，根本看不懂。 他們到底在演什麼故事？ It was the first time I watching a Chinese opera. I didn’t understand it at all. What kind of story are they playing?
國劇多半是演歷史上忠、孝、節、義的故事。 如果你不知道中國歷史， 你就不容易看懂。 Chinese opera usually dramatizes Chinese historical stories about loyalty, filial piety, fidelity and the righteousness. If you don’t know Chinese history, it’s not easy for you to understand.
不過，我很喜歡國劇的戲服，那些演員穿的戲服，戴著頭飾都漂亮極了。 However, I really like the costumes of Chinese operas. The costumes and headgear of the actors are very beautiful.
Even the performers in minor roles were in colorful costumes. Right?
沒錯！ 那些演員可以穿那麼多， 還能翻跟鬥，做舞蹈動作，跑來跑去的真厲害！
That’s right! Those actors can wear that much, do somersaults, do dance moves, and run around! 那些演員可是訓練了很多年才能在舞臺上表演呢 Those actors have been trained for years to perform on stage
However, I couldn’t stand the loud guns and drums. it’s too loud.
Yet, audiences that appreciate Chinese opera love that kind of lively atmosphere.
Yes! Wouldn’t it be tiring for an actor to sing while dancing?
So it’s even more difficult to be a Chinese drama actor!
的確，他們太厲害了。Indeed, they are awesome.
Many people are coming to see the ceremony to commemorate Confucius birthday
That’s because people are interested in watching ancient Chinese ceremonies
Are music and dance performed at the ceremony?
Yes, an ancient Chinese dance called the Ba Yi Dance will be performed
Is Confucius highly respected?
Yes, Confucius thought has had a extremely deep influence on Chinese culture. He has been called the Socrates of the east.
What are the most important aspects of Confucian thought?
I would say that would be “loyalty” “forgiveness” benevolence” and love.
在練習畫畫嗎？Are you practicing your painting 才上了幾次課，還在練習執筆呢？I’ve only had a few lessons, I am still practicing how to hold the brush 這個像梅花花瓣的碟子是做什麼的？What is the plum flower petal dish for? 這是調顏色用的，這個是筆洗，那個是硯台。That is for mixed color pigments. That one is for cleaning the brushes. that one is an inkstone. 初學國畫要先練習什麼呢？What do you practice first in traditional Chinese painting? 要學筆法，再臨摹畫冊。We start by learning how to make the strokes correctly. then we make the copies from picture albums. 我可以去旁聽你們的課嗎？May I go with you and sit in on you across? 好哇！你可以來看看老師的教學示範。Sure! you can come and watch the instructor give this demonstration.