“Guessing lantern riddles” is an essential part of the Lantern Festival. Emerging during the Song Dynasty (960-1279), this interesting activity is full of wisdom and it has become popular among people.
Here are five groups of English lantern riddles listed as follows. Please have a try and you can learn some English when you guess them.
1. What's the poorest bank in the world? 世界的最贫穷的银行是什么？
2. What is the smallest bridge in the world? 世界上最小的桥梁是什么？
3. What is the smallest room in the world? 世界上最小的房间是什么?
1. River bank 河岸 2. Bridge of a nose 鼻梁 3. Mushroom 蘑菇
4. What's full of holes but still holds water? 什么东西浑身是洞，却能装水?
5. What table has no legs? 什么桌子没有腿？
6. What has a hand but can't scratch itself? 什么东西有手却不能抓？
7. What has two legs but can't walk? 什么东西有两条腿却不能走？
8. What star is not seen in the sky? 什么星天空中看不到？
4. Sponge 海绵 5. Vegetable 蔬菜; 6. Clock 时钟 7. Glasses 眼镜 8. Film star 影星
9. What kind of dog doesn't bite or bark? 什么狗不咬人、不吠叫?
10. What man cannot live in a house? 什么人不能住在房间里?
11. What month do soldiers hate? 士兵们最恨几月份?
12. What book has the most stirring chapters? 什么书有最动人的章节?
13. What kind of water should people drink in order to be healthy? 为了保持健康应该喝什么水?
9. Hot dog 热狗
10. Snowman 雪人
11. March 三月 (march 也有行军的意思)
12. Cook book 烹饪书 (stirring 动人的;搅拌的)
13. Drink well water 喝井水 (well 井水;健康的)
14. Why is the library the highest building? 为什么图书馆是最高的建筑物？
15. Why is an empty purse always the same? 为什么空钱包永远是一样的？
16. Why is nine afraid of seven? 为什么9害怕7？
17. Why is the A like a flower? 为什么“A”像朵花？
14. It has the most stories. 因为它的楼层最多。(story 故事;楼层)
15. There is no change in it. 因为没零钱。(change 变化;零钱)
16. Because seven eight (ate) nine. 因为7吃了9。
17. B'ee' comes after it. 因为B在它后面。
18. How do we know the ocean is friendly? 我们如何知道海洋是友善的?
19. How many feet are there in a yard? 院子里有多少只脚?
20. When is your mind like a rumpled bed? 你的脑子什么时候像皱巴巴的床?
21. Which is faster, hot or cold? 热和冷哪个速度更快?
18. It waves. 海有波浪。(wave 起波浪;招手致意)
19. It depends on how many people stand in the yard. 这取决于多少人站在院子里。(yard 码;院子)
20. When it is not made up. 当它没有叠的时候。(make up mind 下定决心)
21. Hot's faster. You can catch a cold. 热更快，因为你能抓住冷。(catch a cold 感冒)