It happens every day
(da4 jia1) (chi1 fan4), (ran2 hou4) (wo3) (yao4) (xi3) (hen3 duo1) (wan3 pan2)
(whole family) (to eat), (then) (I) (must) (to wash) (very many) (dishes)
The whole family eats, then I must wash many dishes.
They don’t eat just once a day, either.
(cong2) (zao3) (dao4) (wan3), (ta1 men.) (chi1) (hen3 duo1) (dong1 xi1)
(from) (early) (until) (late), (they) (to eat) (very many) (east + west = things)
From morning until late in the day, they eat many things.
I must admit that
(wo3) (ye3) (yong4) (wan3 pan2) (chi1 fan4)
(I) (also) (to use) (dishes) (to eat)
I also use dishes to eat.
If we didn’t,
(di4 ban3) (hui4) (bian4 de.) (tai4) (zang4 xi1 xi1)
(floor) (will) (to become) (too) (dirty)
the floor would become too dirty.
(ta1 men.) (dou1) (shi4 shi4 kan4) (bang1) (wo3) ( qing1 jie2) (chu2 fang2)
(they) (all) (try) (to help) (me) (to clean) (kitchen)
they all try to help me clean the kitchen.
But in the end,
(wo3) (dei3) (que4 ding4) (cong2 tou2 dao4 wei4) (chu2 fang2) (shi4) [(gan1 jing4)(de.)]
(I) (must) (to make sure) (4 word idiom of from + head + to/until + tail/bottom = thorough) (kitchen) (to be) [(clean)(indicates this is an adjective)]
I must make sure the kitchen is thoroughly clean.
I could get frustrated,
(bu2 guo4), (wo3) (ji1 de.)
(however), (I) (remember)
but then, I remember,
not only do I love them, but
(mei3 ge.) (ren2) (xu1 yao4) (chi1) (shi2 wu4)
(every one) (person) (to need) (to eat) (food things)
everyone needs to eat food!
And so, I choose to
(yi1 bian1) (xi3) (wan3 pan2), (yi1 bian1) (chang4) (ge1)
(one side) (to wash) (dishes), (one side) (to sing) (song)
sing while I wash dishes.
If I do that,
(ran2 hou4) (da4 jia1) (dou1) (zui4) (kuai4 le.)
(then) (whole family) (all) (most) (happy)
then the whole family is the most happy.
The audio below is me reading the English and my tutor reading the Chinese. Trust me, she made me read the Chinese over and over with her during the lesson, but for the sake of anyone learning, it is best they hear her, a native speaker, pronounce things to perfection:
Notes on helpful things I learned or was reminded of while writing these sentences:
❶ This is one of the first Chinese words I learned. It stuck with me because it is so descriptive: the two characters 東西 (dong1 xi1) mean “east” and “west,” which is a bit of metaphor for “all those things out there.”
❷ Although this character 變 (bian4) means “to become,” one has to be a little careful how it is used. In combination with 變成 (bian4 cheng2), it means actually metamorphisis, or to change, into something else. But with 得 (de.) it can just indicate a less complete change, or simply an alteration of state without changing in substance.
❸ This 3 character word is fun to say, which makes it easy to remember. It helps the memory to have fun saying the words.
❹ These two words both mean “clean”, but 清潔 (qing1 jie2) means “to clean” and 乾淨 (gan1 jing4) describes something as clean. Just one of those cases where a word that doubles as both a verb and an adjective in English is two different words in Chinese
❺ 物 (wu4) is a useful little word that also means “thing.” It is added to other words to in a general way to indicate a broad category. For instance, a “moving thing” 動物 (dong4 wu4), is an animal.