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筷子的故事 Chopsticks' story

中国人每天都在使用筷子。筷子起源于中国,现在在很多的亚洲国家都使用它。

Chopsticks are used every day in China.Although chopsticks originated in China, they are widely used in many Asian countries.

第一批筷子是骨头或玉制成的。在春秋时代又出现了铜制和铁制的筷子。在古代,富人家用玉或金子制成筷子以显示其家庭的富有。许多帝王用银制的筷子以检查他们的食物中是否被人投了毒。

The first chopsticks were made from bone and jade.In the Spring and Autumn period, copper and iron chopsticks came into being.In ancient times the rich used jade or gold chopsticks to display their wealth.Many kings and emperors used silver chopsticks to see if their food was poisoned.

筷子在传统上是被当作新娘的嫁妆的,因为“筷子”在汉语中读作“Kuaizi”,听起来很像“快得儿子”。许多外国朋友在访问中国的时候都使用筷子。尼克松在为其到来而举办的欢迎宴会上也使用了筷子。他刚一离开桌子,一名国外的外交人员就抓起了他的筷子,把它作为了具有历史意义的纪念品。

Chopsticks are traditionally placed in brides dowries, because“Chopsticks” in Chinese is pronunced “Kuaizi”, which sounds like“get a son soon.Many foreign friends try to use chopsticks when they visit China.Even former President of the United States,Richard Nixon, used chopsticks at the welcoming banquet held in his honor.As soon as he left hes table , a foreign diplomat grabbed his chopsticks as a historic souvenir.