A story in Mandarin: Little Red Riding Hood

Join Little Red Riding Hood on her adventure to her grandmother's house.

Once upon a time there was a girl called Little Red Riding Hood (listen 小红帽 Xiǎo Hóng Mào).

One day, her mother (listen 妈妈 mā ma) asked her to take some cakes (listen 蛋糕 dàn gāo) to her grandmother (listen 外婆 wài pó) who lived on the other side of the forest (listen 森林 sēn lín).

In the forest, Little Red saw an enormous wolf (listen láng).

Wolf: Hello (listen 你好 Nǐ hǎo), where are you going?

Little Red: My grandmother’s house (listen 房子 fáng zi).

Wolf: That's good. Today is very nice (listen 天气很好 Tiān qì hěn hǎo).

Little Red: Goodbye (listen 再见 Zài jiàn).

When she arrives, Little Red can see that the wolf (listen láng) has arrived first.

She comes up with a plan to trick the wolf.

Little Red: Grandmother, what big (listen ) eyes (listen 眼睛 yǎn jīng) you have!

Wolf: All the better to see (listen 看到 kàn dào) you with.

Little Red: Grandmother, what big (listen ) ears (listen 耳朵 ěr duo) you have!

Wolf: All the better to hear (listen 听见 tīng jiàn) you with.

Little Red: Grandmother, what big (listen ) teeth (listen 牙齿 yá chǐ) you have!

Wolf: All the better to… eat (listen chī) you with!

As the wolf (listen láng) pounces, Little Red takes out a rolling pin and hits him over the head (listen tóu) with it.

The wolf (listen láng) is defeated and Little Red goes home (listen 回家 huí jiā), enjoying her grandmother's cakes (listen 蛋糕 dàn gāo) to herself.

Key Mandarin words

MandarinPinyinEnglish
listen chī eat 
listenbig
listen 耳朵 ěr duo ears 
listen 回家huí jiāto go home
listen 看到 kàn dào see 
listenlángwolf
listen 妈妈 mā ma mother 
listen 听见 tīng jiàn hear 
listen tóu head 
listen 外婆 wài pó grandmother 
listen 牙齿yá chǐ teeth 
listen 眼睛 yǎn jīng eyes 

Did you know?

In Mandarin, different words are used to describe the grandparents who are your father’s parents and the grandparents who are your mother’s parents:

  • listen 外婆 wài pó - grandmother (mother‘s mother)
  • listen 外公 wài gōng - grandfather (mother's father)
  • listen 奶奶 nǎi nai - grandmother (father’s mother)
  • listen 爷爷 yé ye - grandfather (father’s father)