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Chinese to Go

Broadcast dates: 2014-07-31 00:00:00 Host: Huang Shih-han
Conversation

Broadcast dates: July 31, 2014

Host: Huang Shih-han

 

Conversation

 

A: 禮拜六就是七夕,

lǐ bài liù jiù shì qī xì

(Literally: Saturday is Chinese Valentine’s Day.)

Saturday is the Chinese Valentine’s Day.

 

你有安排什麼驚喜給女朋友嗎?

nǐ yǒu ān pái shé me jīng xǐ gěi nǚ péng yǒu ma

(Literally: You have arranged what surprise for girlfriend?)

Are you planning a surprise for your girlfriend?

 

B: 都老夫老妻了,

dōu lǎo fū lǎo qī le

(Literally: Already old husband old wife.)

We’ve been together for a long time.

 

才不需要什麼驚喜哩。

cái bù xū yào shé me jīng xǐ li

(Literally: Not need what surprise.)

We don’t need any surprises.

 

A: 你真的很不浪漫耶。

nǐ zhēn de hěn bú làng màn ye

(Literally: You really very not romantic.)

You’re really very unromantic.

 

Vocabulary

 

禮拜六 lǐ bài liù

Saturday

* Also: 週六 zhōu liù; 星期六 xīng qí liù

 

就是 jiù shì

used before verbs and adjectives to add emphasis

 

七夕 qī xì

the seventh day of the seventh lunar month; the Chinese Valentine’s Day

 

你 nǐ

you (singular)

 

有 yǒu

to have

 

安排 ān pái

to arrange

 

什麼 shé me

what

 

驚喜 jīng xǐ

pleasant surprise

 

給 gěi

to give

 

女朋友nǚ péng yǒu

(literally “female friend”) girlfriend

 

女 nǚ

female

 

朋友 péng yǒu

friend

 

嗎 ma

a particle at the end of a sentence indicating that the sentence is a question

 

都……了 dōu…le

a construction used to express that something has already happened; it is similar to 已經……了 yǐ jīng…le

 

老夫老妻 lǎo fū lǎo qī

(literally “old husband old wife) an expression used to describe a couple who have been together for a long time

 

老 lǎo

old

 

夫妻fū qī

married couple

 

夫 fū

husband

 

妻 qī

wife

 

才 cái

a character used to add emphasis

 

不 bù/bú

no; not

 

需要 xū yào

to need

 

真的 zhēn de

really

 

很 hěn

very

 

浪漫 làng màn

romantic