We believe in language immersion, and that if you expose yourself to Mandarin you learn’ll much faster, even subconsciously. And you don’t want to be learning from textbooks all the time! So here we have home-drawn and home-made stories, read at the right pace, using only appropriate level words.
Our first story is about “The Happiness of a Mama Bear”. Make sure you download the supplementary PDF & audiofile below.
Story in English:
A long time ago, there was a big forest. Inside lives many animals. In the northernmost part of the forest, there was a big house. Inside lives papa bear, mama bear and baby bear. The whole family lived a happy life.
One day, baby bear saw a new word “happiness” in his book, but he did not understand what “happiness” means. Therefore, he went to ask mama bear: “Mom, on the book it writes ‘happiness’. But what is happiness?” Mommy smiled and said: “Child, go to the forest and ask your friends. Then you should have the answer!” Therefore, baby bear went to the forest to find the answer.
Along the way, he met many animals, but they all said that they didn’t know. Baby bear did not give up, he walked round and round in the forest, but still did not know what happiness is. In the evening, baby bear was tired and hungry, so he decided to go home to eat. Before arriving home, baby bear has smelled food. He was very happy and ran into the house quickly.
As soon as he entered the kitchen, he saw that the table was full of all kinds of dishes he loved. Things flying in the sky. Things running on the ground. Things swimming in the water. Everything! Baby bear was very happy to eat. He was very hungry, so he was eating very fast and ate quite a lot. After a short while he finished eating all the food, and there was nothing left.
After eating, he patted his bulging belly and asked his mother: “Mom, I feel very happy now,
but I still don’t know what happiness is, can you tell me?” Mom smiled and said: “Silly child, your feeling now is happiness.” “I understood! Mom, what do you think is the happiest thing?” Mother smiled and patted the head of the bear baby, saying “My greatest happiness is that you are not at home for a whole day.”