Tranquil Tea Ceremony: A Tale of Soy Sauce Surprise

Fluent Fiction – Mandarin Chinese
www.FluentFiction.org/Mandarin Chinese
Story Transcript:
Zh: 北京雄伟的天安门广场上,故宫半隐藏在京城的的尘埃里,而他们头上则是蔚蓝的天空。软风不着痕迹地带走了岁月的痕迹,人群中,张伟、李娜与王乐在其间,准备进行一场有点儿异乎寻常的茶道体验。
En: On the grand Tiananmen Square in Beijing, the Forbidden City is half hidden in the dust of the capital city, with the clear blue sky above them. A gentle breeze subtly carries away the traces of time. Among the crowd, Zhang Wei, Li Na, and Wang Le are there, ready to experience a slightly unusual tea ceremony.

Zh: 北京,这座古老而又现代的城市里,有一家以茶文化知名的奢华茶馆——”禅心茶道”。这家茶馆的老板是王乐,他对茶有着独到的理解和热爱。被城市的喧哗围绕,热闹与坚硬的钢筋水泥中,透着一股淡淡的茶香,给人一种别样的宁静。
En: In Beijing, this ancient yet modern city, there is a luxurious tea house famous for its tea culture called “Zen Heart Tea Art”. The owner of this tea house is Wang Le, who has a unique understanding and love for tea. Surrounded by the hustle and bustle of the city, amidst the liveliness and hard concrete jungle, there is a faint scent of tea that exudes a different kind of tranquility.

Zh: 张伟,一名来北京旅游的学生,对中国的茶文化颇感兴趣。李娜,他的朋友,漂亮聪明,温文尔雅,是王乐的助手。在这即将开始的茶道表演中,李娜正在积极帮忙布置。
En: Zhang Wei, a student traveling to Beijing, is quite interested in Chinese tea culture. Li Na, his friend, beautiful and intelligent, is Wang Le’s assistant. As the tea ceremony is about to begin, Li Na is actively helping with the arrangements.

Zh: 当茶道开始时,张伟准备品尝他的第一口茶,却发现嘴唇瞬间被一股咸味弄得苦涩。他眨了眨眼睛,再次尝试,还是咸的。瞥了一眼旁边看似淡定的李娜,张伟忍不住对她张了张嘴,想说什么却又说不出口。
En: When the tea ceremony begins, Zhang Wei prepares to taste his first sip of tea, only to find his lips instantly hit by a salty taste making it bitter. He blinked, tried again, still salty. Glancing at Li Na who seemed calm beside him, Zhang Wei couldn’t help but open his mouth to say something but couldn’t.

Zh: 李娜看着张伟尴尬的表情,忍俊不禁。原来,她做茶道准备时,不小心将附近的酱油当作了茶,没有认出来。而且,发现错误后,她并未吭声,而是静观其变,等待这位好奇的游客发现。
En: Watching Zhang Wei’s awkward expression, Li Na couldn’t help but stifle a laugh. It turns out that when she was preparing for the tea ceremony, she accidentally mistook the nearby soy sauce for tea and didn’t recognize it. And even after realizing the mistake, she didn’t say a word, but calmly waited for this curious tourist to notice.

Zh: 王乐看出了其中的笑话,笑中带着一丝尴尬。他解释了发生的事情,并且以这个为契机详细解说了茶与酱油在传统的中国文化中各自的地位和象征意义。
En: Wang Le saw the joke in it, with a hint of embarrassment in his smile. He explained what happened and took the opportunity to explain in detail the respective positions and symbolic meanings of tea and soy sauce in traditional Chinese culture.

Zh: 张伟虽感尴尬,但他理解了,冲淡了尴尬。他泡的第二杯是香醇的茶,赞扬道:”果然,茶是茶,酱油是酱油,不是所有液体都能用来品味的。”
En: Although feeling embarrassed, Zhang Wei understood and diluted the embarrassment. The second cup he brewed was fragrant tea, praised, saying, “Indeed, tea is tea, soy sauce is soy sauce, not all liquids can be savored.”

Zh: 故事就这样结束了,误会,尴尬,但也有笑声和理解。这是这个古老城市里的一天,他们在这市井间,沉淀下持久而温暖的故事。从此之后,张伟对中国的茶文化有了更深入的经历和了解,他会记住这一天,记住他的第一口”酱油茶”。
En: And so the story ends, with misunderstandings, awkwardness, but also laughter and understanding. This is a day in this ancient city, where they, in the midst of the world, precipitate lasting and warm stories. Since then, Zhang Wei has had a deeper experience and understanding of Chinese tea culture. He will remember this day and his first sip of “soy sauce tea.”

Vocabulary Words:
云雀 : skylark
微风 : breeze
宁静 : Tranquility
热闹 : hustle
熙攘 : bustle
叮当声 : jingling sound
文化 : culture
助手 : assistant
尴尬 : embarrassment
理解 : understanding
尴尬 : awkward
芬芳 : fragrant
表扬 : praise
误会 : misunderstandings
笑声 : laughter
学生 : student
咸的 : salty
好奇 : curious
笑话 : joke
象征性 : symbolic
宁静 : tranquility
独特 : unique
香味 : scent
液体 : liquid
茶杯 : teacup
嘴唇 : lips
点头 : nod
眨眼 : blink
准备 : prepare
布置 : arrangement