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Elementary Chinese

Fire hung on a nail makes a lamp,

two moons make a friend.

A thing that is not bark makes a glass,

two trees, a wood; three trees, a forest.

Ten mouths make a leaf,

a ladybird is a worm that floats.

A woman with a horse is a mother,

a bird wearing armour is a duck.

A fish needs three drops of water.

The sea: a mother wearing a hat

by the waves.

Thought is composed of strength

from a tree, clear sight, and anchored

by a heart.

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