EP14 星期 Days of The Week
Say days of the week in Chinese;
The origin of “星期(week)” and the story behind it;
Story of Chinese Valentine’s Day.
Part I Chinese 101
jīn tiān xīng qī jǐ ？
What day is today?
xīng qī wǔ 。míng tiān lǐ bài liù ，shì zhōu mò 。
Today is friday. Tomorrow is Saturday, it’s weekend.
Words & Expressions:
【星期】xīng qī: week;
两星期: half a month/two weeks
【几】jǐ: several; some; a few; how many
【礼拜】lǐ bài; week; religious service
礼拜一/二/三/四/五/六/日/天 Monday to Saturday
周一/二/三/四/五/六/日 Monday to Sunday
一周: one week
周末zhōu mò: weekend
Part II Language Tips
The origins of “星期” and “礼拜”
Why Sunday is “星期日”but not “星期七”？
Part III Story of The Day
niú láng zhī nǚ
The Cowherd and the Weaver Girl
There is a widely circulated love story in China about a cowherd falling in love with a weaver girl. They were stopped by the Queen of the Heavens but nothing could stop them from loving each other. This story is also the origin of the "Chinese Valentine's Day".
Literal meaning: The cowherd and the weaver girl
zhè duì qíng lǚ zài bú tóng de guó jiā gōng zuò ，xiàng niú láng zhī nǚ yī yàng ，měi nián zhī néng jiàn shàng yī miàn 。
This couple works in different countries, and their experience is similar to the plot of the love story "The Cowherd and the Weaver Girl" as they could meet each other only once each year.