You couldn't have posted this at a more opportune time for me. I am heading off to live in China for 4-6 weeks and know absolutely nothing what so ever... and apparently where I am going (it's for my husband's work) there is not a lot of English speaking people (well they may know a bare minimum)...
I am off to have a look at your website now.
[url]Now it’s the time to learn mandarin online, how many Chinese idioms do you know, and do you know the stories behind them, today the Chinese lessons for Chinese idiom will tell you a story of “留得青山在，不怕没柴烧((Liú dé qīngshān zài, búpà méi chái shāo)Where There is Life, There is Hope”.
In ancient times, there was an old man who used “木材 (mùcái) wood” to make “木炭(mùtàn) charcoal.” He had two sons, one named Qing Shan and the other named Hong Shan. Before his death, he gave the east side of their mountain to Qing Shan and the west to Hong Shan as a will.
The west was wooded and was able to produce very good charcoal. Hong Shan “勤快(qínkuài) worked hard” to produce charcoal using the woods, so he became quite “富裕 (fùyù) rich.” After several years, Hong Shan planted crops on the mountain since there were no trees left. “意外地 (yìwàide) Unexpectedly,” a “暴风雨 (bàofēngyǔ) storm” washed away all his crops, and he had nothing to eat. Then he went to the east side of the mountain to ask for help from his elder brother.
East Mountain was sparsely wooded; however, Qing Shan had his side of the mountain well organized. He used bad “树 (shù) trees” on the mountain to produce charcoal, and then planted new trees. At the same time, he “饲养 (sìyǎng) raised” animals and reclaimed “荒地 (huāngdì) wasteland” on the foot of the mountain. He was rather poor in the beginning, but several years later, small trees started “长大 (zhǎngdà) growing up,” and his crops weren’t damaged by the heavy storm because of the “保护 (bǎohù) protection” from the forest. His brother explained to Hong Shan: “If one lives in the mountain but doesn’t protect it, he/ she will be doomed. By protecting the mountain first, you can enjoy a good 生活 (shēnghuó) life later on.”
Later, people “称赞 (chēngzàn) commended” Qing Shan and said: “留得青山在，不怕没柴烧 (Liú dé qīngshān zài, búpà méi chái shāo) Where there is life, there is hope.”
Now have got the story from today’s Chinese lessons, here I will give you an example to help you learn mandarin online more vividly.
A: I fail to pass the Chinese examination this time, I feel so terrible!
B: Oh, I am so sorry for that, but I think you did a hard-working!
A: Yes, I spend a lot of time to learn mandarin online!
B: Don’t worry! To Learn Mandrin is not that easy,where there is life, there is hope(留得青山在，不怕没柴烧).
A：Thank you, I will!
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GuidanceReader on Tue Apr 17, 2012 2:50 am