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Between Languages 006: From Rainbow Farts to Deep Fakes

也可以通过喜马拉雅收听。 Words of the Week 1. 彩虹屁 cǎihóngpì 2. 飯圈 fànquān 3. 白嫖 báipiáo 4. C位 sēi-wèi 5. 涼涼 liángliáng 6. dox(x) 7. rewild(ing) 8. bailout 9. vocal fry 10. deepfake

Between Languages 005: Words for 2021

也可以通过喜马拉雅收听。 Words for 2021 In this episode I share the second part of the Guardian poll which asked readers to select words to describe this year (2020) and the one coming up (2021). Chinese translations are provided where necessary. 1. better /ˈbɛtə/ 2. hope /həʊp/, hopeful /ˈhəʊpfʊl/ 3. worse /wəːs/ 4. uncertain /ʌnˈsəːt(ə)n/ 5. recovery […]

Between Languages 003: From Dark Materials to Mukbangs

也可以通过喜马拉雅收听。 Words of the Week 1. 黑料 hēiliào 2. 社畜 shèchù 3. 瑞思拜 ruìsībài 4. 尬舞 gàwǔ 5. 懷孕 huáiyùn as in 耳朵怀孕了 (ěrduo huáiyùn le) 6. twerk(ing) /twəːkɪŋ/ 7. cancel culture /ˈkans(ə)l ˈkʌltʃə/ 8. fear of missing out /fɪə ɒv ˈmɪsɪŋ aʊt/ (FOMO) (/ˈfəʊməʊ/) 9. spill the tea /spɪl ðə tiː/ 10. mukbang /ˈmʌkbɑŋ/

Between Languages 002: From Pick-up Artists to Photobombs

也可以通过喜马拉雅收听。 Words of the Week 1. 上头 shàngtóu 2. 实锤 shíchuí 3. 渣男 zhānán 4. 鱼塘 yútáng 5. 海王 hǎiwáng 6. social death /ˈsəʊʃ(ə)l dɛθ/ 7. whataboutery /wɒtəˈbaʊtəri/ 8. gaslighting /ˈɡaslʌɪtɪŋ/ 9. dark pattern /dɑːk ˈpat(ə)n/ 10. photobomb /ˈfəʊtəʊbɒm/

Basic Spoken Chinese – Lesson 13: 吧 ba, another common particle

Listen and download Lesson 13 of Basic Spoken Chinese Basic Spoken Chinese – Lesson 13: 吧 ba, another common particle Literally: No equivalent in English. Usage: Used to give a suggestion, or to express a speculation. It can also be used to concede a point when used with 好 hǎo as in 好吧!hǎo ba (“all […]

Basic Spoken Chinese – Lesson 12: 不 bù, a negating word

Listen and download Lesson 12 of Basic Spoken Chinese Basic Spoken Chinese – Lesson 12: 不 bù, a negating word Literally: No exact equivalent in English. Usage: Used as a negating word. Put before a verb or adjective, or on its own, as similar to English “no”. There is another negating word 没 méi that […]

Basic Spoken Chinese – Lesson 11: 来 lái, “to come”

Listen and download Lesson 11 of Basic Spoken Chinese Basic Spoken Chinese – Lesson 11: 来 lái, “to come” Literally: “to come”. Usage: Used to attract the attention of the other person; in Chinese culture, directly saying “come” to someone is not considered rude but warm and considerate of others. Examples: 1) 来来来,吃饭。 Lái lái […]

Basic Spoken Chinese – Lesson 10: 高兴 gāoxìng, “pleased”

Listen and download Lesson 10 of Basic Spoken Chinese Basic Spoken Chinese – Lesson 10: 高兴 gāoxìng, “pleased” Literally: “pleased”. Meaning: Used to express one’s pleasure when interacting with others. Examples: 1) 认识你很高兴。 Rènshi nǐ hěn gāoxìng. Pleased to meet you. Note: Can also be expressed as 很高兴认识你 hěn gāoxìng rènshi nǐ. 2) 我们很高兴为您服务。 Wǒmen […]

Basic Spoken Chinese – Lesson 9: 休息 xiūxi, “to rest”

Listen and download Lesson 9 of Basic Spoken Chinese Basic Spoken Chinese – Lesson 9: 休息 xiūxi, “to rest” Literally: “to rest”. Meaning: “To rest; to take a break”. Can also infer “to sleep” or “to take break from work; to go on holiday” depending on the context. Examples: 1) 今天忙了一天,大家辛苦了。赶紧回家休息吧! Jīntiān mángle yītiān, dàjiā […]

Basic Spoken Chinese – Lesson 8: 加油 jiāyóu, “to add oil”

Listen and download Lesson 8 of Basic Spoken Chinese Basic Spoken Chinese – Lesson 8: 加油 jiāyóu, “to add oil” Literally: “Add oil!” Usage: Used to encourage someone to make extra effort, to do better or to cheer someone on. Can also be used as a verb, “to work hard”. Near-equivalent in English: “You can […]