Intermediate - Fresh air vs heat - Poddies collaboration
chrisFebruary 25, 2012, 03:36 AM posted in Transcripts with Tal
John: Hey guys, I'm John. Welcome to another intermediate lesson
John: Right, so we're in the office and, uh, I think it's a little bit of a cultural clash in today's lesson, right
John: Right, so the heat is on in the office but the air in the office is a little stuffy
Dilu: It's quite logical actually
John: Yeah, yeah
John: It's freezing outside. Alright, anyway, let's listen to the dialogue and then we will discuss
John: OK, what does he say?
John: OK, so this 怎么 is not 'how' but more like 'why did you do that', right?
Dilu: Yeah, how come you're doing this
John: OK and the verb phrase is?
John: OK, so 窗户, there's the word for window
John: So we're using the 把 structure here
John: And I want to ask you here, um, the object is 窗户 and the verb is 打开
John: Why not just say 怎么打开了窗户, isn't that the same?
John: It's correct
John: Ah, so you're saying if you use 把 it emphasises the verb
John: Because the verb comes at the very end of the sentence
John: And what he wants to say is 'why did you open the window' so emphasising the 'open'
John: OK, and the reason she opened the window was....
John: So, Connie wants to open the window. The word for window again is?
John: Alright, 1st tone, neutral. Isn't 窗 by itself also window?
John: OK, so 开窗 is open the window. 开窗户 is also open the window
John: Alright, and this might sound like a somewhat contrived situation but if you've been in China, if you've worked in China, you'll probably realise this is a very common situation
John: OK, two 1st tones and then this co-location of fresh air is very common, right?
John: So, 1st, 1st and then 1st, 4th
John: So, 闷的意思就是空气不新鲜
John: Got it
John: So, anyway, um why is it stuffy?
John: OK, so the first sentence 你不觉得 what?
John: 闷，so that means 'stuffy'
John: So, you feel like you want to breathe some fresh air, that's what 闷 means
John: OK, so the word for 'breathe' is...
chrisFebruary 25, 2012, 03:38 AM