Tuesday, February 11, 2014

静夜思

We've entered the sixth week of our intensive Chinese class! And while we're still drilling on pronunciation and learning simple conversation about who's in your family and what you'd like to drink and when you start class (giving directions is next), our teacher marked the occasion by giving us a first poem!


床前明月光

疑是地上霜

举头望明月

低头思故乡


It's by 李白 Li Bai (Li Po) and apparently appears in every class (like this one). Still, it's exciting to recognize more than half of the characters, and to be able to sort of imagine how they might say

In front of my bed, bright moonlight,
Can it be frost on the ground?
Lifting my head, I gaze upon the bright moon,
Lowering my head, I think of my hometown. 

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