Intermediate - What does she look like - Poddies Collaboration

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May 01, 2011, 07:21 AM posted in Transcripts with Tal

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May 01, 2011, 07:36 AM

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John: Hi, you're listening to Chinesepod. This is an Intermediate lesson. My name is John.

Jenny: 大家好,我是Jenny.

John: OK Jenny, today we have a boy and a girl talking about someone else?

Jenny: 嗯,对。他们在说【另】一个女孩长得怎么样

John: OK, so this other girl, what she looks like

Jenny: 对

John: So, when you talk about what someone looks like we say....

Jenny: 长得怎么样,长得怎么样

John: OK, looks like how.

Jenny: 嗯

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May 01, 2011, 07:53 AM

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John: You know, what they look like.

Jenny: 对,所以那我们在对话里会听到形容一个人他长相appearance的一些词

John: Right, we're talking about describing a person's appearance

Jenny: 对

John: Now, of course there is all the Chinese vocabulary associated with this but there are also some cultural things we want to pay attention to because it is not exactly the same as in English, right?

Jenny: 嗯,没错。那我们现在先听对话吧

John: Alright, here we go

对话

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May 01, 2011, 08:03 AM

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对话

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John: Alright, so it sounds like this girl has some motivations for asking about the other girl

Jenny: 对,他很好奇很curious

John: Yeah. Alright, so anyway let's take a look at the first line and this, uh, sets up the dialogue. What do we hear?

Jenny: 我周末碰到小周和他女朋友了,我周末碰到小周和他女朋友了

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May 01, 2011, 08:09 AM

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John: OK so, on the weekend I did what? What's the verb here?

Jenny: 碰到,碰到

John: So this literally means 'bump into', right?

Jenny: 对,这个【和】英语很像啊,很match

John: Yeah, so in Chinese when you bump into someone by chance you can use this verb which literally means to bump into.

Jenny: 对,就是碰到。那一定要碰到这两个词都用,你不能就说‘我碰’

John: Because if you say 碰 that means, like, you actually bumping them

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May 02, 2011, 09:53 AM

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Jenny: 对

John: So, 'bump into', 碰到

Jenny: 没错

John: And that's two 4th tones, right?

Jenny: 是的

John: Now, in this sentence we have a 了 at the end

Jenny: 对,我周末碰到小周和他女朋友了。那这个‘了’呢通常就是我们在形容已经发生的事情,而且你再告诉别人

John: OK, so you're telling someone something happened, but I thought in that case, like a completed verb, you usually have the 了 directly after the verb, no?

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May 02, 2011, 09:54 AM

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Jenny: 啊,也可以,但是你也会看到这种动词然后一件事情最后再加一个了

John: OK, so if I understand you correctly, sometimes you will have the 了 directly after the verb

Jenny: 对

John: Like here you could say 碰到了

Jenny: 啊,也可以

John: Or, sometimes you move it to the end, like after the object

Jenny: 嗯

John: Because you're informing someone of some event and that's also a natural way to use 了

Jenny: 对,比如说我告诉你John我昨天去看电影了

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May 02, 2011, 09:55 AM

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John: OK, yesterday I went to see a movie

Jenny: 对

John: So, the 了 comes at the end after the object, movie

Jenny: 嗯,是

John: OK, got it. And then, in the next sentence?

Jenny: 啊,又有一个了就是那个女孩问‘小周有女朋友了’,‘小周有女朋友了’

John: So, 小周 has a girlfriend and then there's a 了 here. This is indicating a change of state, right?

Jenny: 对,就是小周以前没有女朋友,现在他有女朋友了

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May 02, 2011, 10:15 AM

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John: OK, he didn't have one before, now he has one, so the 了 emphasises that

Jenny: 对

John: So, it's almost like he GOT a girlfriend, he HAS a girlfriend NOW.

Jenny: 对,就是这个意思

John: Got it

Jenny: 好,那这个女孩她就很好奇很curious小周的女朋友长得怎么样,长得怎么样

John: OK, so when we ask what someone looks like, it, literally we're saying they 'grow how?'

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