It’s common knowledge that tea is a major part of Chinese culture. But to what extent? Does drinking tea relate to Chinese Medicine? Does weather influence what tea we should be drinking?
In this video Dayong, a CLI team member since 2009, interviews a Guilin local tea expert named Yangyang who provides us with excellent cultural insight. Sit back, listen, learn, and enjoy.
While watching the video, follow along in the below transcript for the Chinese characters, pinyin, and English translation. You can also use this link to download a PDF containing the interview transcript and vocabulary list.
Tea Interview Transcript
Dayong (00:04 – 00:13)
We would like to ask you: Do you remember how old you were the first time you ever drank tea?
Yangyang (00:15 – 00:30)
应该说是从小开始喝 但是真正自己喜欢并且去了解的话还是 从学校毕业出来 步入社会之后.
I should say from a very young age. But in reality, I really didn’t become interested in understanding tea until after graduating from university and entering into society.
Dayong (00:31 – 00:43)
After you had entered society and began drinking tea, was it a friend or relative that gave you this opportunity to understand tea?
Yangyang (00:43 – 01:09)
It was a friend. While employed I found myself meeting many people, and some of these people opened their own tea shop. Because of this I often went to their shop and drank tea. At that time, I found that in terms of taste, nourishment, and health, tea was great.
Dayong (01:11 – 01:22)
So, your reason for drinking tea is for your health and lifestyle interests, right?
Yangyang (01:22 – 01:30)
对, 其实也是想 学习更多的我们自己国家的文化吧.
Right, but also because I wanted to gain a better understanding of our own country’s culture.
Dayong (01:32 – 01:47)
Within your daily life, do you find yourself drinking tea in the morning or at night? How do you choose when to drink tea and in what sort of situation do you drink which kind of tea?
Yangyang (01:48 – 02:29)
其实喝茶也需要讲究时间段，早中晚都适宜。但是就是要看您 还有您的体质来喝茶。早上的话，像我们女孩子 就可能会比较适合一些红茶 或者说普洱茶 ，养胃暖胃， 就是比较温和一点。 像晚上呢， 也会喝普洱茶这类的。 男士的话，喜欢喝生普 也都可以。 最主要的是个人喜好吧.
Right, time is an important factor to consider when drinking tea. But, in fact, morning, noon, and night are all suitable. It is also important to look at yourself and your own physical condition. For a woman, it is better to drink a red tea, or a Pu’er tea in the morning. Drinking a warm tea will warm a woman’s stomach and promote good health. At night, it is also good to drink this kind of Pu’er tea. For men, they tend to like more raw Pu’er teas, but in fact they are all good. The most important factor is to look at what that individual’s tastes are.
Dayong (02:30 – 02:38)
So in regards to this difference between men and women drinking tea, is it that tea and Chinese medicine have a strong connection?
Yangyang (02:39 – 03:02)
Yes, there is definitely a connection. We can’t separate one’s physical health from this question, and every person’s physical condition is different. If you have a colder body temperature and weaker health, you will need to drink warmer tea to promote a healthy body. The main function of a Red or Pu’er is to regulate body temperature and promote warmth and comfort.
Dayong (03:04 – 03:17)
For example, today’s weather is terrific, very clear, sun is shining bright. What tea would you drink on a day like today?
Yangyang (03:17 – 03:22)
On a beautiful day like today, drinking green tea would be ideal.
|Hànzì||Pīnyīn||Definition||Part of Speech|
|1.||步入社会||bù rù shèhuì||to step into society||*idiom|
|2.||接触||jiēchù||come in contact with; get in touch with||v.|
|3.||茶庄||chá zhuāng||tea shop||n.|
|5.||养生||yǎngshēng||to maintain good health||v.|
|6.||日常生活||rì cháng shēnghuó||one’s daily routine||*idiom|
|7.||讲究||jiǎngjiù||be particular out; pay attention to||adv.|
|8.||早中晚||zǎo zhōng wǎn||morning, noon, and night||n.|
|9.||普洱茶||pǔ’ěr chá||Pu’er tea (produced in southwestern Yunnan)||proper n.|
|10.||体质||tǐzhí||physique; constitution; health||n.|
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