The story of Hua Mulan originates from a Chinese ancient folk legend and tells the tale of a woman who takes her father’s place in the army. Let’s learn Mandarin through this interesting story with Ni Hao Ma.
Cóngqián, yǒu gè wǔyì gāoqiáng de gūniáng jiào huā mùlán. Tā niánqīng piàoliang, hái yǒuyīshǒu hǎo jiàn fǎ.
Once upon a time, there was a skilled and talented girl named Hua Mulan. She was young, beautiful, and had a talent for archery.
Yītiān, huā mùlán zhèngzài wū li zhī bù, hūrán tīngjiàn wàimiàn yǒu mǎtí shēng. Tā zǒuchū wūzi, zhǐ jiàn yīgè jūnguān cóng mǎshàng xiàlái, dì gěi tā yī fèn gōngwén.
One day, while Hua Mulan was weaving inside her house, she suddenly heard the sound of horse hooves outside. She walked out of the house and saw a military officer dismounting from his horse, handing her a document.
Jūnguān shuō, biānjiāng zhèngzài dǎzhàng, kè hán mìnglìng zhēngbīng. Nǐmen jiā yǒu yīgèrén de míngzì zài gōngwén shàng.
The military officer said that there was a war going on at the border, and the Khan had ordered conscription. Your family’s name is listed on the document with one person’s name.
Mùlán fān kāi yī kàn, diēdiē de míngzì zài shàngmiàn. Huā mùlán huí dào wū li, zuǒsī yòu xiǎng, diēdiē de nián suì dàle, dìdì hái xiǎo, zěn néng chūbīng dǎzhàng ne?
Mulan opened it and saw that her father’s name was on it. She went back into the house, pondering over it. Her father was old, and her younger brother was still young. How could they go to war?
Note: The sentence “左思右想” is a Chinese idiom that means “to ponder over something from every angle“
Huā mùlán yīyè méiyǒu héyǎn, sī lái xiǎng qù, zhōngyú xiǎng chūle yī gè bànfǎ.
Hua Mulan didn’t sleep a wink all night, thinking and thinking. After much deliberation, she finally came up with a solution.
Dì èr tiān, huā mùlán shàng jiē mǎile yī pī mǎ, gǎn zuòle yīshēn zhàn páo, yòu jiǎnle tóufa, zhuāngbàn chéng xiǎohuǒzi.
The next day, Hua Mulan went to the market and bought a horse. She quickly made a set of battle armor and cut her hair short, disguising herself as a young man.
Lián fùmǔ hé dìdìmen dōu rèn bù chū tāle, tāmen bù rěnxīn ràng mùlán qù dǎzhàng, kěshì yě méi bié de bànfǎ, zhǐhǎo hé mùlán huī lèi gàobié.
Even her parents and younger siblings didn’t recognize her. They couldn’t bear to let Mulan go to war, but they had no other choice. They tearfully said goodbye to Mulan.
Yúshì huā mùlán suízhe dàjūn dào biānjiāng dǎzhàng qùle, zhànchǎng shàng de huā mùlán yīdiǎnr bùbǐ nán’ér chà. Tā lìjīng bǎi zhàn, huī hàn liúxuè, píngzhe tā de jīzhì yǒnggǎn hé chāoqún de wǔyì, huā mùlán yīcì cì lì xiàle zhàngōng, zuìhòu bèi fēng wéi jiāngjūn.
So Hua Mulan went to the border with the army to fight. On the battlefield, Hua Mulan was no less competent than any man. She fought in countless battles, shedding blood and sweat. With her wit, courage, and exceptional martial arts skills, Hua Mulan made numerous military achievements, and in the end, she was promoted to the rank of general.
Zhè chǎng zhànzhēng yī dǎ jiùshì shí’èr nián, dàjūn zhōngyú shènglì guīlái, kè hán qīnzì zhàojiànle huā mùlán, yào fēng tā zuò dà guān, dàn huā mùlán xiǎngniàn qīnrén, tā xièguò kè hán, jiù hé jǐ gè yīqǐ dǎzhàng de hǎo huǒbàn huí jiāxiāngle.
The war lasted for twelve years, and the army finally returned home victorious. The Khan personally summoned Hua Mulan and offered her a high-ranking position, but Hua Mulan was homesick. She thanked the Khan but declined the offer, choosing to return to her hometown with some of her good comrades whom she fought with.
Fùmǔ tīng dào mùlán yào guīlái de xǐxùn, gāoxìng de lái dào cūnkǒu yíngjiē. Dìdì yě zhǎng dàle, zhèngzài jiālǐ shā zhū zǎi yáng, zhǔnbèi kào láo kǎixuán de jiějie.
When Mulan’s parents heard the good news of her return, they joyfully went to the village entrance to welcome her. Her younger brother had grown up and was preparing a feast of killing pigs and sheep at home to celebrate his victorious sister’s return.
Huā mùlán zhōngyú dàojiāle, tā huí wū huàn shàng yǐqián de qīng bùyī qún, hé tā yīqǐ dǎzhàng de huǒbànmen kàn dào hòu, gè gè dōu kàn dāile.
Hua Mulan finally arrived home, changed into her old blue dress in her room. When her comrades who fought with her saw her, they were all stunned.
Tāmen zěnme yě méiyǒu xiǎngdào, hé tāmen bìngjiān zuòzhàn shí duō nián de huā mùlán jìng shìgè piàoliang de gūniáng.
They never imagined that Hua Mulan, who fought side by side with them for more than a decade, was actually a beautiful girl.