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关於是北京舞蹈学院(Beijing Dance Academy)的一名老师,很多人就算花钱也请不到他,可是他去农村免费教孩子们芭蕾,一教就是五年。

五年里,他和妻子每个周日早晨7点半从北京出发,到河北端村的一个学校教芭蕾。这一天,他们约有六个小时在路上,四个小时上课。

刚到农村的时候,家长们都不明白:芭蕾是什么?为什么要学芭蕾?北京的老师能免费来上课?关於笑着说:“让你们的女儿变漂亮,以后好结婚。”家长们听了这些才让孩子们来上课。

除了教芭蕾,关於还非常照顾这些孩子们,孩子们喜欢叫他“关爸爸”。他教得很好,孩子们也非常努力。他们还在中央电视台(China Central Television)、国家大剧院(National Grand Theater)表演过,还有些孩子考上了舞蹈学校。

虽然累,但是关於很高兴,因为他改变了这些农村女孩儿,让她们能看到更大、更好的世界。


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Comprehension Questions
免费 - miǎnfèi - free (of charge)
芭蕾 - bālěi - ballet (loanword)
改变 - gǎibiàn - to change / to alter / to transform
农村 - nóngcūn - rural area / village
花 - huā - to spend (money, time)
教 - jiāo - to teach
早晨 - zǎochén - early morning
出发 - chūfā - to set off / to start (on a journey)
河北 - Héběi - Hebei (Province)
端村 - Duāncūn - Duancun (village in Hebei Provine)
家长 - jiāzhǎng - head of a household / family head / parent or guardian of a child
明白 - míngbai - to understand / to realise
笑 - xiào - smile / laugh
结婚 - jiéhūn - to marry / to get married
照顾 - zhàogu - to take care of / to attend to / to look after
努力 - nǔlì - to try hard / to strive / great effort
表演 - biǎoyǎn - to perform / performance / play / show
考上 - kǎoshàng - to pass a university entrance exam (see grammatical points)
舞蹈 - wǔdǎo - dance (performance art) / dancing
世界 - shìjiè - world
就算…,也… - Expressing "even if / granted that…, still..." with "jiùsuàn...,yě..." (used to introduce and then disregard a hypothetical statement that the speaker doesn't believe is reasonable)
关於是北京舞蹈学院(Beijing Dance Academy)的一名老师,很多人就算花钱也请不到他,可是他去农村免费教孩子们芭蕾,一教就是五年。

Statement, 可是… - Expressing "but / however…" with "Statement,kěshì…" (more informal and a bit stronger in tone 但是)
关於是北京舞蹈学院(Beijing Dance Academy)的一名老师,很多人就算花钱也请不到他,可是他去农村免费教孩子们芭蕾,一教就是五年。

一 + Verb + 就 + Time Phrase - Expressing "once an action happens it continues for a period of time" with "yī + Verb + jiù + Time Phrase"
关於是北京舞蹈学院(Beijing Dance Academy)的一名老师,很多人就算花钱也请不到他,可是他去农村免费教孩子们芭蕾,一教就是五年。

(大)约 + Number / Quantity - Expressing "approximately / probably…" with "(dà)yuē + Number / Quantity"
这一天,他们约有6个小时在路上,4个小时上课。

刚 + Verb / Adj. - Expression emphasises that something "just" happened with "gāng + Verb / Adj."
刚到农村的时候,家长们都不明白:芭蕾是什么?

Verb 1 + 着 + Verb 2 - Expressing that the first verb is the accompanying action of the second verb with "Verb 1 + zhe + Verb 2"
关於笑着说:“让你们的女儿变漂亮,以后好结婚。”

Subject + 让 + Sb / Sth + Verb / Verb Phrase - Expressing "to make or let sb / sth to do sth" with "Subject + ràng + sb / sth + Verb / Verb Phrase" (causative verb)
关於笑着说:“让你们的女儿变漂亮,以后好结婚。”
家长们听了这些才让孩子们来上课。
虽然累,但是关於很高兴,因为他改变了这些农村女孩儿,让她们能看到更大、更好的世界。

以后... - Expressing "afterwards / later…" with "yǐhòu…"
关於笑着说:“让你们的女儿变漂亮,以后好结婚。”

好 + Verb - Expressing "easy to do sth" with "hǎo + Verb"
关於笑着说:“让你们的女儿变漂亮,以后好结婚。”

才 + Verb / Verb Phrase - Expressing "just / only then (did / can something happen)…" with "cái + Verb / Verb Phrase"
家长们听了这些才让孩子们来上课。

除了…(以外),Noun Phrase + 也 / 还… - Expressing "in addition to…, it's also..." with "chúle… yǐwài,Noun Phrase + yě / hái..." (either 除了 or 以外, usually it's 以外, can be omitted from the sentence)
除了教芭蕾,关於还非常照顾这些孩子们,孩子们喜欢叫他“关爸爸”。

Verb + 上 - Expressing that the result of the action attains / achieves something or provides satisfaction with "Verb + shàng"
他们还在中央电视台(China Central Television)、国家大剧院(National Grand Theater)表演过,还有些孩子考上了舞蹈学校。

虽然…,但是… - Expressing "even though…, but..." with "suīrán...,dànshì..."
虽然累,但是关於很高兴,因为他改变了这些农村女孩儿,让她们能看到更大、更好的世界。
 
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