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Chinese to Go

Broadcast dates: 2014-04-17 00:00:00 Host: Huang Shih-han
Conversation

Broadcast dates: April 17

Host: Huang Shih-han

 

Conversation

 

A: 你火開太大了啦!

nǐ huǒ kāi tài dà le la

(Literally: You fire to open too big!)

The heat is too high!

 

菜都要燒焦了!

cài dōu yào shāo jiāo le

(Literally: Vegetables all will burn!)

You’re burning the vegetables!

 

B: 你外行人不懂啦,

nǐ wài háng rén bù dǒng la

(Literally: You outside of trade people not understand.)

You don’t know what you’re talking about!

 

我從小就會煮飯,

wǒ cóng xiǎo jiù huì zhǔ fàn

(Literally: I since little already knew cooking rice.)

I’ve been cooking since I was a child

 

很內行的哩!

hěn nèi háng de li

(Literally: Very inside the trade!)

so I’m an expert!

 

A: 內行人也有失誤的時候啊,

nèi háng rén yě yǒu shī wù de shí hòu a

(Literally: Inside the trade people also have mistake time.)

Even experts sometimes make mistakes.

 

Vocabulary

 

你 nǐ

you (singular)

 

火 huǒ

fire; heat

 

開 kāi

to open; to turn on

 

太 tài

excessively

 

大 dà

big; strong; high

 

了 le

1)      a particle used to intensify the adjective before it

2)      a particle is used to indicate a change of state

 

菜cài

vegetable

 

都 dōu

all

 

要 yào

to be going to

 

燒焦 shāo jiāo

to burn

 

外行 wài háng

(literally “outside of the trade”) uninitiated; not an expert

 

人 rén

person; people

 

不 bù/bú

no; not

 

懂 dǒng

to know

 

我 wǒ

I; me

 

從小 cóng xiǎo

since childhood

 

就jiù

already

 

會 huì

to know how to do something

 

煮飯 zhǔ fàn

to cook (rice)

 

很 hěn

very

 

內行 nèi háng

(literally “in the trade”) to be an expert in something; to be very good at something

 

也 yě

also

 

失誤 shī wù

to miss; to make a mistake

 

時候 shí hòu

time 

Mandarin Speech Contest for Foreign Nationals
How to make good use of warehouse space

Like the way Taipei turned a warehouse into good use. An old tobacco factory dating back to 1937 was transformed into the Songshan Cultural Park not far from the posh Hsinyi District with its luxury malls, brand name shops, and five-star restaurants and hotels. One of the several warehouses on the premise is turned into a big, semi serve-yourself restaurant with a touch of modern art. The name is Xiao Shan Tang.

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The restaurant actually cooperated with probably the most famous contemporary Chinese glassware studio in Taiwan, Liuligongfang, hence the artsy style.

 

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Seeing how fancy the restaurant’s decor is, I thought maybe its restrooms would be worth taking pictures of (!), but no… instead these photos of past female movie stars above the entrance to the ladies’ room caught my eyes. They reminded me of the movie “The Best Offer” in which an eccentric, woman-hater auctioneer has an obsession with collecting female figure paintings for himself and keeping them in a secret room hung up just like the way these pictures are. Have a visit to the restaurant if you’re in the neighborhood. Kind of airy but it’s got  pretty good ambiance.