哇，好美哦，是誰教你的。 Wow！ they are beautiful！ Who taught you? 是我奶奶教我的。 My grandmother did. 我想認識剪紙藝術，你可以教我嗎？ I want to know more about the art of paper cutting. Can you teach me? 可以呀!剪紙藝術非常巧妙,技巧高明的人能隨心所欲地剪出各種圖案。 Sure! The art of Chinese paper cutting is truly ingenious. Experts can cut out any pattern they wish. 為什麼這些剪紙作品,好像不是紅的就是金的。 It seems that only red and golden papers are used for paper cutting. 這是因為華人的剪紙,主要是用在節日慶典上，所以用紅色、金色增添喜氣。 That is because paper cuttings are used mainly for festival celebration, so red and gold are used because they add an atmosphere of joy.紅色的喜字、壽字，看起來就喜氣洋洋的。 When we see the red characters for happiness and longevity, we feel cheerful and joyful. 從前過新年，家家戶戶都會剪些“春”、“福”的吉祥字貼起來。 Characters for good luck are cut out and pasted up in every house during the New Year season. 這種傳統的民間藝術很值得保存。 This kind of traditional folk Art is worth preserving.
剪紙藝術The art of paper cutting
Have you seen the paper cutting art its bit exhibit？
Yes, we have seen. The art of Chinese paper cutting is truly ingenious.
Experts can’t cut out any pattern they wish.
It seems that only red and the golden paper is used for paper cutting.
That is because paper cuttings are used mainly for festival celebrations, so red and gold are used because they add an atmosphere of joy.
When you see the red captures for happiness and longevity, we feel cheerful and joyful.
Characters for good luck are used to be cut out and pasted it up in every house during the New Year’s session.
This kind of traditional folk art is worse preserving.
喝茶的藝術（二）The Art Of Tea Dringling （II）
How long have the Chinese people been drinking tea?
Tea has gradually become a daily beverage probably starting from the Tang dynasty.
Why has tea become a traditional Chinese beverage?
It probably has something to do with the fact that they believe drink tea is good for one’s health.
Do people today still brew tea in the traditional way?
In order to keep up with the fast pace in of society, tea growing methods have changed a lot. they will emphasize speed and a simplicity.
What way do you like to make tea?
I prefer to blow tea in the traditional way.
Since Da Nian taught me to appreciate Chinese opera, I love Chinese opera.
我喜欢听西洋歌剧。I like listening to Western operas.
In Weston opera they are sopranos and tenors. What are they called in Chinese opera?
There are similar roles. But not the same.
They are the qingyi and the laosheng in Chinese opera.
Are these actors with printed faces clown?
Not necessarily, some are pure and some are ugly. The facial makeup of national dramas uses various colors to represent good and evil
No they aren’t. They will call Jing in Chinese opera each kind of face paint represents different kinds of characters from good to evil.
So how does the audience differentiate between the good guys and the bad guys?
Well, a red face symbolizes loyalty, while a white face symbolized evil.
那就简单多了。That’s much simpler.
Chinese opera are very interesting, you have to watch them to understand.
You know a lot about Chinese opera. You must go to Chinese opera very often.
I regard myself as a big fan in of Chinese opera.
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.