CPC Promotion Video Goes Viral

Chinese netizens have given their seal of approval to a promotion video posted online, which is believed to advocating the Communist Party of China (CPC).

The three-minute video, “The CPC Is With You Along The Way”, features interviews with ordinary citizens about their dreams and aspirations, from “I want to start a diner” or “I want a pretty wife” to “I want a world free of wars”.

Since it was posted days ago on Chinese video hosting site Youku, it has received more than a million views.

Bilingual Subtitles:

这是一个古老的
This is an ancient

而又朝气蓬勃的国家
and youthful country

这是一个快速成长
It is growing fast

但发展不平衡的国家
yet with development disparities

这是一个充满机遇
It s full of opportunities

却又面临无数挑战的国家
along with untold challenges

这是一个有13亿人口
But its 1.3 billion people

每个人都有不同梦想的国家
all have their own dreams

(群众心声:

我想明年有个好收成
I want a good harvest next year

我想开个小饭馆
I want to start a diner

我想养老金能不能再多一点
I want some more pensions

我想娶个漂亮媳妇
I want a pretty wife

我想天更蓝水更清
I want azurer sky and cleaner water

我想要大家都不打仗
I want a world free of wars

人民对美好生活的梦想
Our people s dreams

就是我们的奋斗目标
are our goals

8000万中国共产党党员
The 80 million CPC members

与13亿中国人民一起
together with the entire population

为了每一个人的梦想

are working for everyone s dream

为了给每一个梦想搭建一座舞台

For every dreamer to have a stage

Classic Poems for Spring

咏柳

碧玉妆成一树高,
万条垂下绿丝绦。
不知细叶谁裁出,
二月春风似剪刀。

The Willow
The slender tree is dressed in emerald all about,
A thousand branches droop like fringes made of jade.
But do you know by whom these slim leaves are cut out?
The wind of early spring is sharp as scissor blade.

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春夜喜雨

好雨知时节,
当春乃发生。
随风潜入夜,
润物细无声。
野径云俱黑,
江船火独明。
晓看红湿处,
花重锦官城。
Happy Rain on a Spring Night
Good rain knows its time right;
It will fall when comes spring.
With wind it steals in night;
Mute, it moistens each thing.
O’er wild lanes dark cloud spreads;
In boat a lantern looms.
Dawn sees saturated reds;
The town’s heavy with blooms.

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绝句

两个黄鹂鸣翠柳,
一行白鹭上青天.
窗含西岭千秋雪,
门泊东吴万里船.
A Heptasyllabic-Quatrain
Two yellow orioles sing in the green willows;
A flock of white egrets surge up the blue sky.
In my window is framed the snow-capped peak of Mount West.
Close by my door are moored boats from faraway Wu.
(Wu: Suzhou and surrounding areas in Jiangsu Province, which is thousands of miles away from Chengdu where Du Fu lived.)

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春晓

春眠不觉晓,
处处闻啼鸟.
夜来风雨声,
花落知多少.
Dawn in Spring
Dawn was missed in a good sleep in spring;
Everywhere I hear birds sing.
Overnight,the wind and rain clamored;
How many flowers down did they bring?

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离离原上草,
一岁一枯荣。
野火烧不尽,
春风吹又生。
Grass
Boundless grasses over the plain
Each year it turns yellow, then green.
Wildfire never quite consumes them
They are tall once more in the spring wind.

Shocking Cost of Living

Shanghai is one of the most expensive cities in China, with local residents spending 30,520 yuan($ 4,914) per capita in 2014. A Shanghai couple, however, has made a shocking claim that they lived happily on one third of that amount last year.
上海是中国消费水平最高的城市之一,2014年人均消费性支出是30520元,但有网友发帖表示夫妻两人在上海全年只花了2万元,而且生活得很幸福。

A 43-year-old netizen(网友)says in a popular onlineforum(论坛) that he and his 39-year-old wife spent(花费) less than 20,000 yuan($2318) last year. He adds that they live in their own house, have no jobs, no kids and no cars.

The netizen has made a list(清单) breaking down how the money was spent—1,000 yuan a month for meals, 50 yuan for tea, 300 yuan for watermelons (no other fruits), 340 yuan for TV access fees, 40 yuan for property-related fees, 20 yuan for a cell phone the couple shares, 50 yuan for transportation fees, 200 yuan for some medicine, 240 yuan a month for a buffet dinner(自助餐). The total amount(总数) thus reached 19,580 yuan.

The couple didn’t buy any new clothes or cosmetics.Neither(也不) did they socialize with(与…交往) friends and relatives, or go traveling.

Explaining how they could live like that, the couple says they have three houses worth 5 million yuan in total, 1.5 million yuan in cash(现金), and stocks worth 500,000 yuan. Apparently, they enjoy the currentlifestyle(生活方式): no work, (almost) no expense, and no pressure.

重点词汇 Key words:

生活 shēng huó
living/ live/life/livelihood

n.

  • 幸福生活 a happy life
    日常生活 daily life
    生活成本 cost of living
  • 父亲靠自己的双手勉强维持生活。
    My father gained a bare livelihood of family by his own hands.
  •  热爱生活,生活也会厚爱你。
    If you love life, life will love you back.

v.

  •      一个人脱离社会就不能生活下去。
    One cannot live cut off from society.
  •      她在这里生活了10年了。
    She has lived here for 10 years…

花费 huā fèi
spend/expense

  • v. 他花费巨资在大楼里安装了一台电梯。
    He spent a lot of money to install a lift in the building.
  • n. 这笔花费你能报销吗?
    Can you claim this back on expenses?