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Chinese Money|钱

中国人常说,“钱不是万能的,但没有钱却万万不能”,课件人的衣食住行都离不开钱。

A Chinese proverb states, “money is not all-powerful,but you’re powerless without it”. Hence, money remains indispensable for purchasing clothes, food, accommodation, and travel.

 

人们常常用货币代表钱。中国是世界上最早使用货币的国家,已经有5000多年的历史。中国古代的货币种类很多,其中影响最大、使用时间最长的是用铜等铸造的圆形方孔钱,人们昵称“孔方兄”,后来“孔方兄”也成了金钱的代名词。随着经济的发展,金属货币在流通中原来越不方便,于是又出现了纸币,四川的纸币“交子”是世界上最早的纸币。现在又有了更为便捷、现金的电子货币。

Currency is the most common physical form of money. China was the first nation to utilize money. The history dates back from more than 5,000 years ago. Numerous varieties of currencies have been used in ancient China, but the most influential and lasting has been round coins with a square hole in the middle that was nicknamed, kong fang xiong, “Brother of Square Hole.” Later on, kong fang xiong had become more inconvenient for Chinese to use just coins. Consequently, paper notes appeared. The paper note, Jiaozi, unearthed in today’s Sichuan province in Southwest China, is deemed to be the earliest paper money in the world. Now a more convenient and advanced form of cash, electronic money, has emerged in our modern-day era.

 

中国人的金钱观比较淡泊,自古就重情义轻利益。所以中国人在饭点聚餐时往往抢着结账,AA制在传统的中国人看来是吝啬的表现。其实中国人并不是不爱财,只是讲究“君子爱财,取之有道,用之有度”,意思是赚钱要注意方式,花钱要适度。所以只要是合法合理的钱财,中国人还是很乐于接受的。

Traditionally, Chinese place friendship and faith ahead of money. When eating out, Chinese usually try to pay the bill. To go Dutch seems to be an act of stinginess in the eyes of traditional Chinese. This does not infer that Chinese don’t love money, actually, they value the proper methods of making and spending money. Chinese enjoy accepting money so long as it’s legally acquired. It is also encouraged to spend money on an acceptable extend. On the occasion of the Spring Festival.

难怪春节的时候,除了“新年好”之外,频率最高的祝福语就数“恭喜发财”了,许多人还把“恭喜发财”贴在门上,在家里或商铺里供奉财神爷,祈求财源广进。

As well as on the New year holiday, the most common wish is kung hei fat choy, which is a wish for prosperity. Many people post couplets that contain, kung hei fat choy, on the door, and worship the God of Fortune at home or at shops, hoping to bring in more cash with the help of the god.

 

Key words:

钱       qián      money

纸币    zhǐbì   paper notes

现金    xiànjīn  Cash

货币    huòbì    money; currency


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2020-06-02
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