A Chinese Joke 中国笑话:Three Kinds of Stupid Birds (三种笨鸟)

Chinese Joke中国笑话:Three Kinds of Stupid Birds 三种笨鸟

朋友一个儿子,五岁,那天不好好学习,被朋友修理了,头上多了一个包。然后他儿子自言自语地说:“这世上有几种笨鸟,一种是先飞,一种是不飞,还有一种是下个蛋,把希望寄托在下一代。” 后来他儿子的头上又多了一个包。

Pinyin Romanization

Péngyǒu yī  ge érzi, suì, nèitiān bù hǎohǎo xuéxí, bèi péngyǒu xiūlǐle, tóu shàng duōle yīgè bāo. Ránhòu tā ér zǐ zì yán zì yǔ de shuō:“Zhè shìshàng yǒu jǐ zhǒng bèn niǎo, yī zhǒng shì xiān fēi, yī zhǒng shì bù fēi, hái yǒuyī zhǒng shì xià gè dàn, bǎ xīwàng jìtuō zài xià yīdài.” Hòulái tā érzi De tóu shàng yòu duōle yīgè bāo.

English Translation

A friend has a five-year-old boy. That day he was not studying well, so the father gave him some discipline, which caused him to have a lump on his head. Then the boy said, “there are several types of stupid birds in the world: One type tries to fly first, one type doesn’t fly, and one type hatches an egg and puts all its hopes on the next generation. Then another lump appeared on the boy’s head.

ID Chinese Trad. Pinyin English Definition
ID Chinese Trad. Pinyin English Definition
1 朋友 péng you friend; Classifiers:
2 一个 一個 a; an
3 儿子 兒子 ér zi son
4 five; 5
5 嵗, 歲 suì variant of , year; years old; classifier for years (of age); year; year (of crop harvests)
6 那天 tiān that day; the other day
7 (negative prefix); not; no
8 好好 hǎo hǎo well; carefully; nicely; properly
9 学习 學習 xué to learn; to study
10 bèi by; (indicates passive-voice clauses)
11 朋友 péng you friend; Classifiers:
12 修理 xiū to repair; to perform maintenance; to overhaul; to fix; to prune; to trim; (coll.) to sort sb out; to fix sb
13 le (modal particle intensifying preceding clause); (completed action marker)
14 头上 頭上 tóu shàng overhead; above; on the head
15 duō many; much; often; a lot of; numerous; more; in excess; how (to what extent); multi-; Taiwan pr. when it means “how”
16 bāo a lump; to cover; to wrap; to hold; to include; to take charge of; to contract (to or for); package; wrapper; container; bag; to hold or embrace; bundle; packet; Classifiers:
17 然后 然後 rán hòu after; then (afterwards); after that; afterwards
18 he or him; (used for either sex when the sex is unknown or unimportant); (used before sb’s name for emphasis); (used as a meaningless mock object); other; another
19 自言自语 自言自語 yán to talk to oneself; to think aloud; to soliloquize
20 de -ly; structural particle: used before a verb or adjective, linking it to preceding modifying adverbial adjunct
21 shuō to say; to speak
22 zhè this; these; (commonly pr. before a classifier, esp. in Beijing)
23 世上 shì shàng on earth
24 yǒu to have; there is; there are; to exist; to be
25 a few; several
26 zhǒng seed; species; kind; type; classifier for types, kinds, sorts
27 bèn stupid; foolish; silly; slow-witted; clumsy
28 niǎo bird
29 one; 1; single; a (article); as soon as; entire; whole; all; throughout; also pr. for greater clarity when spelling out numbers digit by digit
30 zhǒng seed; species; kind; type; classifier for types, kinds, sorts
31 shì is; are; am; yes; to be; variant of ; (used in given names)
32 xiān early; prior; former; in advance; first
33 fēi to fly
34 (negative prefix); not; no
35 还有 還有 hái yǒu furthermore; in addition; still; also
36 xià down; downwards; below; lower; later; next (week etc); second (of two parts); to decline; to go down; to arrive at (a decision, conclusion etc); measure word to show the frequency of an action
37 dàn  egg; oval-shaped; Classifiers:
38 to hold; to contain; to grasp; to take hold of; handle; particle marking the following noun as a direct object; classifier for objects with handle; classifier for small objects: handful
39 希望 wàng to wish for; to desire; hope; Classifiers:
40 寄托 寄託 tuō to have sb look after sb; to entrust the care of sb; to place (hope etc) on
41 zài (located) at; (to be) in; to exist; in the middle of doing sth; (indicating an action in progress)
42 下一代 xià dài the next generation
43 后来 後來 hòu lái afterwards; later
44 tóu head; hair style; the top; end; beginning or end; a stub; remnant; chief; boss; side; aspect; first; leading; classifier for pigs or livestock; Classifiers:
45 shǎng see 上声
46 yòu (once) again; also; both… and…; and yet; (used for emphasis) anyway
47 duō many; much; often; a lot of; numerous; more; in excess; how (to what extent); multi-; Taiwan pr. when it means “how”
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