(ru2 he2) (xiao3 shui4)
(how to deal with) (small sleep)
How to take a nap.
Here is a common blessing in any language:
(zhu4) (ni3) (jian4 kang1) (kuai4 le4)
(to wish) (you) (health) (happy, joy)
Wishing you health and happiness!
There are ways a person can increase their chances of it coming true.
(ni3) (ying1 gai1) (you3) [(zu2 gou4)(de)] (shui4 mian2)
(you) (should, ought to) (to have) [(enough, sufficient)(adjective marker)] (sleep)
You should get enough sleep.
Don’t fight your body in this regard.
(ru2 guo3) (ni3) (xu1 yao4) (yi1 ge.) (xiao3 shui4), (jiu4) (shui4) (ge.) (wu3 jiao4) (ba.)
(if) (you) (to need) (one, a) (nap), (forthwith, exactly) (to sleep) (an) (afternoon sleep/nap) (suggestion sound).
If you need a nap, just take an afternoon nap!
You might need to tell some people,
(wo3) (ke3 yi3) (liao2 tian1) (yi1 xia4), (ke3 shi4) (ran2 hou4) (wo3) (jiu4) (dei3) (xiao3 shui4)
(I) (can, able to) (chat) (a moment), (but) (then) (I) (right away) (must) (nap)
“I can talk a minute, but then I need to nap!”
Make sure to take certain precautions.
(you4) (gao4 su4) (ta1 men.), “(wo3) (bu2) (hui4) (jie1) (dian4 hua4)
(also, in addition) (to tell) (them), “(I) (not) (will) (to receive) (electric + words, speak, talk = phone call)
Also, tell them, “I won’t answer the phone.”
There is another way all this helps you.
(shui4 jiao4) (bang1) (ni3) (jue2 de.) (bi3 jiao4) (nian2 qing1)
(to sleep) (to help) (you) (feel) (comparatively) (youthful, young)
Sleep helps you feel comparatively young.
However, it is not the fountain of youth.
[(mei2) (you3) (ren2)] (hui) (yong3 yuan2) [(nian2 qing)(de.)]
[(not) (to have) (person, people)] (forever) [(youthful)(adjective marker)]
No one stays young forever.
Speaking of the young,
(dang1) (wo3) (zhao4 gu4) (wo3 de.) (sun1 nü3) (de. shi2 hou4), (ta1) (zong3 shi4) (hui4) (shui4) (wo3 jiao4)
(just at) (I) (take care of) (my) (granddaughter) (when), (she) (always) (will) (to sleep) (afternoon nap/sleep)
When I take care of my granddaughter, she always takes an afternoon nap.
I have learned to rest during that time.
(you3 shi2 hou4) (wo3) (zi4 ji3) (shen4 qie3) (ye3) (xiao3 shui4)
(sometimes) (I) (myself) (even, go as far as) (also) (nap).
Sometimes I even also take a nap.
I am always glad when I do.
(wo3) (xiang3 yi1 xiang3): (ru2 guo3) (wo3) (shui4 jiao4) (xiang4) (bao3 bao.) [(yi1 yang4)(de.)], (ke3 neng2) (wo3) (zhen1 shi4) (lao3 lai2 shao3)
(I) (think a little): (if) (I) (to sleep) (like) (baby) [(in the same manner)(adjective marker)], (perhaps) (I) (really am) (old + to come, return + little in number = young at heart)
I wonder: if I sleep like a baby, perhaps I am young at heart.
The audio below is me reading the English and my tutor, Vesta, reading the Chinese:
Notes on helpful things I learned or was reminded of while writing these sentences:
❶My tutor has begun introducing me to the alternate way to say “how” in Chinese. Previously, I have been mostly using the word 怎麼 (zen3 me.), which is translated “how, why, or what” in my Far East Chinese-English dictionary. The definition for 如何 (ru2 he2) is very similar, but has a connotation of “how to deal with, what do you think, or what to do.“
❷ Although either of the characters in this word 睡眠 (shui4 mian2) can individually be used as a verb meaning “to sleep,” when both of them are put together the are understood to be referring to the noun “sleep.”
❸ Here, the measure word for “nap” is 個 (ge.), making it clear that napping in a specific instance is being recommended versus speaking generally of napping.
❹ Here is a link to some things I learned about suggestion sounds while speaking Chinese.
❺ The word 小睡 (xiao3 shui4), literally “small sleep”means “nap,” but since most people nap in the afternoon 午覺 (wu3 jiao4), meaning “noon sleep” is another common way to speak of it.
❻ While this sentence is speaking of the future, a couple of changes can make it say basically “I didn’t receive (the, your) phone call.” That is done by changing the 不會 (bu2 hui4) to 沒有 (mei2 you3), and adding 到 (dao4) after 接 (jie1). Thus, 我沒有接到電話 (wo3) (mei2) (you3) (jie1 dao4) (dian4 hua4) is (I) (not) (have) (receive arrival of) (phone call).
❼ There is no direct translation for the English words “no one” or “nobody.” Thus, the arrangement of Chinese characters 沒有人 (mei2) (you3) (ren2) that mean “we don’t have people in that category.”
❽ Without the 會 (hui4) in the sentence, it would imply that she sleeps the whole time I take care of her.