Audiobook

One of the most difficult things for learners of Cantonese to find are audio and text sources in which the audio is spoken in vernacular Cantonese  and the text is also written exactly as it is spoken. Below is one such story, written and read aloud by Roger Lin, who has generously given permission for his story to be used on this website. Users are encouraged to download copies of both the story and the text for educational purposes.


You can download the text of the story from here: 知恩圖報

The audio for the story can be downloaded from here: 知恩圖報 audio. You may have to right-click the link and then click Save Link As… in order to download the file.

An English translation of the story can be found here: Gratitude.

知恩圖報

好耐之前,有一位木匠住系一個小山村裏邊。佢從細就鍾意玩各種積木玩具,又擅長于觀察,特別聰明。 所以佢長大之後就成為咗一名木匠,以賣各種木傢具同木工藝品為生。系呢個村裏邊,大家有困難就互相幫助。呢個木匠亦都唔例外。雖然佢嘅製作手藝并唔係特別精湛,但係由於成個村只有佢悉得雕刻挖鉆之術,所以人人都十分尊敬佢。
有一年秋天,村旁邊嘅山上發生咗一場山火。將好大片樹林裡邊啲樹燒到冇嗮。
等到樹木重新長大,至少都要十年八年。咁樣一嚟,木匠嘅木材來源就斷咗嘞。於是,木匠衣食難安,驚住無法工作,就搵唔到食。

不過呢,其他村民都諗到咗呢個問題,所以佢地自發咁提供資助俾佢。有啲種水稻嘅農民就送米俾佢;有啲賣肉嘅呢就留返三兩斤肉俾佢;重有啲耕田種菜嘅農民亦都好大方咁將啲蔬果留俾佢。木匠就非常之感動。佢諗:大家對我都咁好,我應該搵個機會報答大家先啱。

於是,過咗一段時間,木匠就告別其他村民,準備去省城從師深造,第日再返嚟報恩。
後尾,木匠就跟從咗師傅好多年,學悉咗唔少嘢㗎同時亦都攢咗好多錢。佢覺得係時候報答當日幫助過佢嘅老鄉呀,就起程返去。重返家鄉之後,好多村民都重記得呢位木匠。呢個令佢好有感觸。卒之,佢下定決心,要幫每戶貧窮嘅村民起一棟靚正嘅木屋,重要起一間學校,令到村裏邊啲細路仔可以有書讀,將來更加有出息。

好快,木匠就憑藉高超嘅手技,將木屋同學校起好咗嘞。佢嘅知恩圖報同埋過人才能得到咗村民一致嘅讚賞。佢亦都成為咗小村嘅名人,受到咗大家充分嘅肯定同尊重。

呢個故事話俾我地知,同人相處應該唔好斤斤計較,而係要樂於助人。咁樣先能夠形成互相幫助,對大家都有利嘅局面。重有就係:做人應該悉得報恩,“滴水之恩,當以湧泉相報”。

Author: Roger Lin