Intermediate - Give Up Your Seat Young Man
John: Hey guys, this is ChinesePod, an Intermediate lesson, I'm John.
John: Today in this lesson we've got a scene on a bus.
John: 公交车 means a public bus.
John: That's three 1st tones.
John: And what's the issue here in this dialog?
John: So 让座 literally means 'yield seat'.
John: So you give up your seat for someone.
John: So we're going to listen in on a scene; a little bit confrontational here; how typical it is we're going to say at the very end of the lesson, but first let's listen and get into all the language.
0:54 - dialog
John: So in the beginning we heard an announcement. This is something that you really hear on buses in Shanghai.
John: 欢迎乘坐. So what is 乘坐?
John: And then 712路公交车. This is number 712 bus.
John: What about 几好?
John: And what's the next part?
John: 乘客, what's that?
John: So what this is saying is 'please give your seat to passengers that need help'.
John: So 'passengers that need help' is kind of long. How do you say that?
John: So it all comes before 乘客, it modifies 乘客.
John: 让个座 and 让座 - the same?
John: 'A' seat.
John: So at the beginning we hear probably a middle aged woman talking to a young guy. What does she say to him?
John: That's like 'young man'?
John: Its a little weird because in English we don't have anything except for 'young man'. This feels a little bit informal, like 'you guy', but ... anyway the tones are 3, 3, neutral.
John: Then what does she say to the 小伙子?
John: 孕妇, two 4th tones, what is that?
John: A pregnant lady.
John: That's someone who deserves a seat. And then what does he say?
John: 车上这么挤。挤 means 'crowded'.
John: He's saying that the bus is so crowded. Could I say 车这么挤?
John: So its more natural to say 'on the bus is so crowded'.
John: 车上, OK.
John: Its like 'the bus is so crowded, where do you expect me to stand?' 'Where would you have me stand?'
John: So its a rhetorical question.
John: I think that this 你让我 - 'where would you have me', 'what would you have me do', is often used in rhetorical questions, right?