Intermediate - How did New Year's Come About
John: Hey guys, this is ChinesePod. We have an Intermediate lesson for you today.
John: And I'm John. So today what are we talking about?
John: 过年 means 'the New Year' or 'spend the New Year'.
Dilu: 对。就是spend New Year。
John: We've had lessons about this before. What exactly are we talking about?
John: 年 means 'year'. Done.
John: So which two things are you talking about?
John: Set off firecrackers.
John: 贴, 1st tone, that means 'to stick' something perhaps to a wall.
John: And what are we sticking?
John: 4th tone, 2nd tone. We can call this a rhyming couplet. Its two verses of some kind of poem.
John: So there's one strip on the right, and one strip on the left. Its usually red paper, right?
John: Just now when we said firecrackers - set off firecrackers - what are the tones on that?
John: Then we get into the whole 年, not talking about a year, but talking about what?
Dilu: A monster. 是一种怪兽。
John: 怪兽 is a monster.
John: So it could be a mythical beast, or it could be just some kind of mysterious animal.
John: 怪兽 - two 4th tones.
John: So 它们 - its not just one. And they live ...
John: 海底, two 3rd tones, and that means 'the bottom of the ocean' ?
John: Some kind of ocean animal. And then what do they do?
John: So they come out and eat people. When do they do it?
John: 除夕 - 2nd tone, 1st tone. That refers to the evening before New Year's Day.
John: The last evening of the lunar year.
John: 除夕. What came before that though?
John: What is 每到?
John: So every time it gets to the last day of the lunar year. 除夕 - doesn't that have another name?
Dilu: 中国人会用哪个中国的lunar year，所以我们有的时候也叫：大年三十。
John: 大年三十. 'Big year thirty'?
John: That's the name - 大年三十. Its also the last day of the lunar year.
Dilu: 没错。［也就是］说New Year's Eve。有两个名字。一个叫除夕，一个叫大年三十。
John: Anyway they have this beast problem every year on the same day, and some old guy thought of a way to deal with it.