第二课 多言何益What's the Good of Talking Much

《第二课 多言何益》 What's the Good of Talking Much

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A: How do you think the person you interviewed yesterday?
B: Great, but he doesn't like to talk.
A: Now that doesn't love to talk, then why do you say he was great?
B: Because he was very organized and truthful to answer the questions, so I hired him.
A: Well, so not all the people that don't like to talk are all not clver, just as the story of "多言何益", the truth is the same.Now we came to listen to!
B: Good.

多言何益
一天,子禽问他的老师墨子:
“老师,多说话到底有没有好处?”
墨子想了一会回答说:“话要是说得太多了,还有什么好处呢?”
接着,又告诉子禽说:
“蛤蟆、青蛙、苍蝇白天黑夜不停地叫,叫得口干舌燥,可是却没有人听它们的。但是,鸡棚里的雄鸡只在黎明时啼叫两三次,大家知道鸡啼就是天亮,天下皆醒。所以,多说话没有什么好处,重要的是话要说得切合时机,说到点子上。”

duō yán hé yì
yī tiān ,zǐ qín wèn tā de lǎo shī mò zǐ :
“lǎo shī ,duō shuō huà dào dǐ yǒu méi yǒu hǎo chù ?”
mò zǐ xiǎng le yī huì huí dá shuō :“huà yào shì shuō dé tài duō le ,hái yǒu shí me hǎo chù ne ?”
jiē zhe ,yòu gào sù zǐ qín shuō :
“há má 、qīng wā 、cāng yíng bái tiān hēi yè bú tíng dì jiào ,jiào dé kǒu gàn shé zào ,kě shì què méi yǒu rén tīng tā men de 。dàn shì ,jī péng lǐ de xióng jī zhī zài lí míng shí tí jiào liǎng sān cì ,dà jiā zhī dào jī tí jiù shì tiān liàng ,tiān xià jiē xǐng 。suǒ yǐ ,duō shuō huà méi yǒu shí me hǎo chù ,zhòng yào de shì huà yào shuō dé qiē hé shí jī ,shuō dào diǎn zǐ shàng 。”

What's the Good of Talking Much
One day,Zi Qin asked his master Mo Zi:
"Master,is there any good at all of talking much?"
Mo Zi thought for a while ,and answered:
"If one talks too much,what good is there?"
Then,he told Zi Qin:
"Toads and frogs croak and flies buzz day and night until they are parched and dry in the mouth,yet nobody listens to them.But a rooster in a chicken coop crows only a few times at dawn,and everyone knows that when it crows,daylight is coming and the whole world will be awakened.Therefore,there is no use talking too much.What is important is to suit the words to the occasion,and say things which hit the nail on the head".

A: After hearing this story, what's your feeling?
B: Well, the story narrates that toad, frogs crying there but no one is willing to listen to them, instead of chicken crow.
A: Why is that?
B: Because the crow of chicken can let people get up early,but the cry of the toad, frogs, flies is very boring, and no value.
A: You are right, there is another reason is the cock chooses at the right time-dawn,when they call that everyone up, the time is right.
B: Yes. So do I when employ people, who give me the perfect answer in right time.
A: So, when we speaking we should hit the nail.
B: Well, that's right, so that we are very relaxed when we speak, clear, easy to understand and accept.
A: You've explained so accurately.
B: Everybody must remember the story of "多言何益" .


  • 1. 蛤蟆、青蛙、苍蝇白天黑夜不停地叫,叫得口干舌燥
    Pinyin:   há má 、qīng wā 、cāng yíng bái tiān hēi yè bú tíng dì jiào ,jiào dé kǒu gàn shé zào Meaning: Toads and frogs croak and flies buzz day and night until they are parched and dry in the mouth
  • 2. 大家知道鸡啼就是天亮,天下皆醒。
    Pinyin:   dà jiā zhī dào jī tí jiù shì tiān liàng ,tiān xià jiē xǐng 。 Meaning:  Everyone knows that when it crows,daylight is coming and the whole world will be awakened.
  • 3. 重要的是话要说得切合时机,说到点子上
    Pinyin:   zhòng yào de shì huà yào shuō dé qiē hé shí jī ,shuō dào diǎn zǐ shàng Meaning: What is important is to suit the words to the occasion,and say things which hit the nail on the head".

  • 1. 多言何益    duō yán hé yì
    名词(Noun). Meaning: what's the good of talking much
  • 2. 白天黑夜    bái tiān hēi yè
    名词(Noun). Meaning: day and night
  • 3. 口干舌燥    kǒu gàn shé zào
    形容词(adjective). Meaning: mouth parched and tongue scorched
  • 4. 啼叫    tí jiào
    动词(Verb). Meaning: crow
  • 5. 天下皆醒    tiān xià jiē xǐng
    . Meaning: the whole world will be awakened
  • 6. 切合时机    qiē hé shí jī
    副词(adverb). Meaning: suit the words to the occasion


  • 1. 说到点子上 [shuō dào diǎn zi shàng]
    Meaning:       Say things which hit the nail on the head.
    Example:    
  • 2. 言多必失 [Yán Duō Bì Shī]
    Meaning:       He that talks much errs much. Least said, soonest mended. One is bound to have a slip of the tongue if he talks too much.
    Example:    
  • 3. 谨言慎行 [Jǐn Yán Shèn Xíng]
    Meaning:       speak and act cautiously; be cautious with one's words and actions; be discreet in word and deed; be prudent in making statements and careful in personal conducts; mind one's P's and Q's; Watch your step and mind what you are saying.
    Example:    

  • 1. How to explain “口干舌燥”(kǒu gàn shé zào )?
    A. 吃得太多

    B. 说话说得很多,口干

    C. 喝的水多

    D. 说话说得很少

  • 2. Which is not the meaning of “话要说的切合时机”?
    A. 在对的时间说话

    B. 在对的地方说话

    C. 在对的场合说话

    D. 在任何时间说话

  • 3. How to understand the sentence“话要说到点子上”?
    A. 在对的时间说话

    B. 在对的场合说话

    C. 说话要有关键词语

    D. 在对的地方说话

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