Chinese Online Mini Story – Breakup (Beginner to Elementary)

This Learn Chinese short story is written for beginner to elementary level readers. Sentence patterns are simple. You can learn a few new words along your reading. No pressure, take your time. I assume most of my readers are adults or even older teenagers. You really don’t need to start with kids’ stories. I hope my short stories can give you some simple Chinese to read in adulthood.

[simplified Chinese and pinyin]

fēn shŏu
  

 

hěn wǎn le。

很晚了。

It was deep in the night.

 

tā, yīgèrén zuò zhe。

他,一个人坐着。

He was sitting all alone.

 

zhuō shàng shì kōng jiǔ píngzi。

桌上是空酒瓶子。

There were empty wine bottles on the table.

 

tā hé tā fēnshǒu yǒu shí gè xiǎoshí le。

他和她分手有十个小时了。

Ten hours had passed since the two of them broke up.

 

tā zhǐ juéde yè hěn cháng, yě hěn liáng。。。

他只觉得夜很长, 也很凉。。。

He only felt the night was too long, and too cold …

 

 

 

ér tā, zhèng zuò zài huǒchē shàng, xiǎng zhe tāmen

fēnshǒu de xiàwǔ。

而她,正坐在火车上,想着他们分手的下午。

And she, who was riding on a train, was thinking about the afternoon that they broke up.

 

bù jìde tāmen wèishénme zhēngchǎo。

不记得他们为什么争吵。

She couldn’t remember how the fight started.

 

kěshì tāmen dōu hăn chū le” fēnshǒu” liǎng gè zì。

可是他们都喊出了分手两个字。

However both of them tossed out the word “breakup”.

 

jiù zhè yàng, tā men yĭ fēn shŏu jié shù le sān nián de ài qíng。

就这样,他们以分手结束了三年的爱情。

Just like that, they broke up and ended their three years’ relationship.

 

[simplified Chinese without pinyin]

 

  

 

很晚了。

他,一个人坐着。

桌上是空酒瓶子。

他和她分手有十个小时了。

他只觉得夜很长, 也很凉。。。

 

而她,正坐在火车上,想着他们分手的下午。

不记得他们为什么争吵。

可是他们都喊出了”分手”两个字。

就这样,他 们 以 分 手 结 束 了 三 年 的爱 情。

 

[traditional Chinese]

分 手 

 

很晚了。

他,一個人坐著。

桌上是空酒瓶子。

他和她分手有十個小時了。

他只覺得夜很長, 也很涼。。。

 

而她,正坐在火車上,想著他們分手的下午。

不記得他們為什麼爭吵。

可是他們都喊出了”分手”兩個字。

就這樣,他 們 以 分 手 結 束 了 叁 年 的 愛 情。

 

[vocabulary table]

Simplified Chinese Traditional Chinese Mandarin Pinyin English Definition
jiu3 wine
瓶子 瓶子 ping2 zi5 bottle
分手 分手 fen1 shou3 to split up; to break up;
小时 小時 xiao3 shi2 hour
觉得 覺得 jue2 de5 to think; to feel;
ye4 night;
liang2 cold; cool;
争吵 爭吵 zheng1chao3 dispute; strife;
jiu4 just (emphasis);
结束 結束 jie2 shu4 to finish; to end;
爱情 愛情 ai4 qing2 romance; love (romantic)

 

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