Game Of Thrones – 权力的游戏

Dear readers!

A good way to learn Chinese is by reading English articles in Chinese. It is helpful to understand the context and more interesting to see how certain English expressions are translated. See below:

English version: A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge

Chinese version:

清晰锐利              头脑就    需要书本,

A clear and sharp    mind      needs books,

就好像     宝剑                            需要      磨刀石一样。

just like   a treasured sword    needs   a whetstone.

Big fans of the book series – “Game of thrones” might have realized that this is one of the most famous quotes from Tyrion Lannister (one of my favorite characters in the book). The book is also renowned as a drama series. Now, let’s read a little more of the book and recall your memories of your favorite scenes.

To help you read more smoothly, it’s better to check out some terms in advance, see below:

qióng ēn· xuě nuò
  琼    恩 · 雪   诺                                John Snow

tí  lì’áng· lán nísītè
提 利昂 · 兰 尼斯特                          Tyrion Lannister                        

kǎi yán chéng de lán nísītè  jiā
凯    岩     城     的 兰 尼斯特 家      Lannister of Casterly Rock       


Click on the Chinese characters to see pronunciations.

“你读那么多书干嘛?” 提利昂闻言抬头, 琼恩·雪诺正站在几步以外,好奇地端详他。 他用一根手指夹住正读的书页: “看着我,然后告诉我你看到了什么?”
“Why do you read so much?” Tyrion looked up at the sound of the voice. Jon Snow was standing a few feet away, regarding him curiously. He closed the book on a finger and said:“Look at me and tell me what you see.”
男孩狐疑地看着他说: “你耍什么把戏?我看到你啊,提利昂·兰尼斯特。” 提利昂叹道:“雪诺啊,你是个私生子,却真是够客气。 你看到的是个侏儒。你几岁了?十二?”
The boy looked at him suspiciously. “Is this some kind of trick? I see you. Tyrion Lannister.”Tyrion sighed. “You are remarkably polite for a bastard, Snow. What you see is a dwarf. You are what, twelve?”
“十四。” “你才十四岁,我却一辈子长不到你现在这个高度。 我这双脚又短又畸形,连走路都成问题, 骑马还得配着特殊打造的马鞍,才不会摔下去。 你有兴趣瞧瞧的话,这马鞍是我自己设计的。 假如我不用它,就只能骑着孩子的小矮马。
“Fourteen,” the boy said. “Fourteen, and you’re taller than I will ever be. My legs are short and twisted, and I walk with difficulty. I require a special saddle to keep from falling off my horse. A saddle of my own design ,you may be interested to know. It was either that or ride a pony.
我的手臂还算强壮,但仍旧太短, 所以永远也成不了好战士。 如果我生在普通农家,早被扔在路边等死, 不然就是卖进怪物杂耍团 。 唉,谁知我偏又生在凯岩城的兰尼斯特家, 怪胎更不受欢迎,只因先前众人对我万般期待。
My arms are strong enough, but again, too short. I will never make a swordsman. Had I been born a peasant, they might have left me out to die, or sold me to some slaver’s grotesquerie. Alas, I was born a Lannister of Casterly Rock, and the grotesqueries are all the poorer. Things are expected of me.
你瞧,我爹干了二十年的御前首相, 结果我老哥后来竟把国王给宰了,人生就是这样变幻无常。 如今我老姐嫁给了新任国王,而我那脾气暴躁的外甥呢, 有朝一日则会继任王位,只有我空担着家族的名誉, 总得尽点心力,你说对把?
My father was the Hand of the King for twenty years. My brother later killed that very same king, as it turns out, but life is full of these little ironies. My sister married the new king and my repulsive nephew will be king after him. I must do my part for the honor of my House, wouldn’t you agree?
但是要怎么做呢?呵,我的腿太短, 头却太大,总算这脑袋对我还合适, 凭着它我很清楚自己能干什么不能干什么,我的头脑就是我的武器。 老哥有他的宝剑,劳勃国王有他的战锤, 我则有我的头脑……清晰锐利的头脑就需要书本, 就好像宝剑需要磨刀石一样。” 提利昂轻敲书皮, “琼恩·雪诺,这就是为什么我读个不停。”
Yet how? Well, my legs may be too small for my body, but my head is too large, although I prefer to think it is just large enough for my mind. I have a realistic grasp of my own strengths and weaknesses. My mind is my weapon. My brother has his sword, King Robert has his war hammer, and I have my mind … and a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.” Tyrion tapped the leather cover of the book. “That’s why I read so much, Jon Snow.”


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Chinese Book Club – Game Of Thrones

Saturday, Jul 11, 2020, 7:00 PM

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Let’s read the book “Game Of Thrones” IN CHINESE together. It’s a good way to learn Chinese by reading English articles in Chinese. If you have already read the book or watched the drama series, it’ll be even funnier and easier to understand the content. Check out the article before you join us, it’ll be much more helpful for you to learn new Chin…

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