Intermediate - Papa Snake and Baby Snake
Right-WingnutMarch 08, 2013, 04:48 AM posted in Transcripts with Tal
John: Hey guys, I'm John. This is an Intermediate lesson on ChinesePod.
John: We have a joke today. It is now the year of the snake, so this is a joke involving snakes.
John: So 'snake daddy', 'papa snake', and the son who we'll call 'baby snake'. So we're going to listen to the joke. Don't get your hopes up too high for the hilarity of this joke, but ...
John: Its kind of a dumb joke, but anyway if you can understand it you're doing well, so let's listen.
0:39 - Dialog
John: 散步, two 4th tones, that means 'to take a walk'.
John: Let's look at the very beginning of that line though. How does the story start, the first 4 syllables?
John: So 'finishing eating lunch'.
John: So that refers to 蛇爸爸 and 小蛇.
John: So after eating lunch, papa snake took baby snake out for a walk.
John: And then what happened?
John: Hold on. 走着走着 - what is this 着 doing?
John: Kind of like: they walked and they walked. 走着走着.
John: So this particle 着 can be a little bit confusing, but this is one of the uses - just remember this pattern.
John: So baby snake asked a question, and 'suddenly' asked a question.
John: 突然, 1st tone - 2nd tone, this can mean 'suddenly', it can also mean 'sudden'.
John: So you see this 生, and you know that 生 means 'to have a baby'. But this doesn't actually refer to giving birth.
John: So actually 亲生 refers to 'biological relationship'.
John: So 我是你亲生的吗？ means 'Am I truly your biological child?'
John: It seems a little bit like a weird question, but we're actually talk about this a bit later after we've finished analyzing everything, but how does the 蛇爸爸 respond?
John: 惊讶, 1st tone - 4th tone.
John: That means 'surprised'.
John: So 'he surprisedly said'. You can say that in Chinese. How do you say that?
John: What did he say?
John: 傻儿子 - is this 'stupid son'?
John: So just like in English we call our children 'silly' - 'silly boy'. [??]
John: And then he says what?
John: 'How could you ask such a strange question?'
John: What are the tones on the word for 'strange'?
John: 2nd, 4th. 奇怪 - definitely a word you need to learn if you don't lnow it already. Then what does baby snake say?
Right-WingnutMarch 08, 2013, 04:45 AM