The new year has begun and I’m back making my Chinese vocabulary notes. In this edition: the showdown between Thomas Afu and Laolei, caving in China and the state of Chinese masculinity.
阿福不想让你看到的视频 – The Video Thomas Derksen Doesn’t Want You To See
I’ve been following both Thomas Afu and Laolei for years. Who would have thought that Afu would sue his fellow countryman and loudest criticizer? In this 70-minutes masterpiece, Laolei gives his account of the matter in his typical digressing yet structured manner.
Level indication: HSK 5 (with English-Chinese subtitles)
|Suǒyǐ wǒ jiù zài zhè’er xiāshuōle yīxià ne
|So I just talked nonsense here.
|wǒ zuìjìn sān gè xīngqí méi lù shìpín
|I haven’t recorded a video in the past three weeks
|wǒ bèi qǐsùle
|I’ve been sued
|wǒ de déguó tóngbāo
|my fellow German countryman
|wàiguó nán de qǔ zhōngguó lǎopó nà zhǒng kèbǎn yìnxiàng
|The stereotype of foreign men marrying Chinese wives
|zài zhōngguó dāng wǎng hóng
|Become an internet celebrity in China
|tán zhèngzhì hé shèhuì wèntí
|Discuss political and social issues
Laolei finally arrived home safely
Oh and by the way, the same Laolei finally ended his walking journey from China to Germany and shaved of his hair and beard!
Level indication: HSK 5
|zuì yáoyuǎn de lù
|the farthest road
|yě bùshì shuō wǒ hěn yùmèn
|It’s not that I’m depressed
|lā lā chē
|tóufǎ húzi dōu jiǎn diàole
|Hair and beard cut off
|méiyǒu nàme yěmánle
|Not so barbaric anymore
|wǒ dàojiāle shì wǒ zìjǐ de shì
|Going home is my own business
Caving in China | One brave woman is forging the way
Ever went caving in China? Laura made a career out of it and takes us along on a tour. Interesting portrait by the makers of Fragrant Mandarin.
Level indication: HSK 4/5 (with transcript)
|Wǒ de rènzhī lǐmiàn méiyǒu shuō nán de bìxū yào zuò shénme
|My knowledge does not say what men must do
|wǒ wánquán bù huì qù kǎolǜ zhège wèntí
|I won’t think about it at all
|wǒ hěn hàoqí tā zhè liǎng nián dōu jīnglìle shénme
|I’m curious about what she has been through in the past two years.
|wǒ dì yī cì tàn dòng de shíhòu
|When I first went caving
|wǒ juédé bǐ lái bǐ qù méiyǒu yìyì
|I think it’s pointless to compare
|wǒmen rénlèi tài yú chǔn le, bù yìng gāi qù gěi tā fēn shénme děngjí
|We humans are too stupid to grade it
|nàgè zhēn de hěn zhìyù rén de
|That one is really healing
Are Chinese Guys Simps? – Intermediate Chinese – Chinese Audio Podcast
Eileen and her friend Kirk discuss the ‘simp’ or 舔狗 phenomenon in a Chinese context. I have to admit I wasn’t familiar with the term, but I’ve witnessed the thing itself.
Level indication: HSK 5 (with transcript)
|guòdù hēhù, zhuīsuí nǚxìng
|excessively care for and follow women
|huòqǔ duìfāng zhùyì hé rènkě ma
|in order to get their attention
|jiùshì nàzhǒng duì rén yǒu yīzhǒng wútiáojiàn de ài
|that kind of unconditional love towards humans
|bùguǎn duìfāng zěnme duì nǐ
|No matter how the other treats you
|Wǒ xiǎng wèn yīxià nǐ zìjǐ shì… Yǒuméiyǒu guo tiǎngǒu de xíngwéi?
|I want to ask if you’re… Have you ever had any “licking dog” behaviors
|Wǒ gèrén láishuō wǒ shì méiyǒu dāng guo tiǎngǒu
|Personally, I have never been a “licking dog” (simp)
|(spare tire) in Chinese slang, it often refers to a substitute or backup
person in a romantic relationship.
That’s it for January. It’s kind of a short comeback edition after I paused this format for several months. I’ve also been spending more time reading and writing Chinese recently. I’ll be back next month with more fresh content!
Graded Chinese readers
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