Intermediate - Dog Breeds
John: Hi everybody, this is an Intermediate lesson on ChinesePod, I'm John.
John: And today we're talking about different breeds of dogs.
John: 品种, two 3rd tones, that's 'breed'.
John: So for animals, plants. But actually that word is not going to appear in today's lesson. What you will hear are various names of dog breeds.
John: Alright, let's listen.
John: In the beginning we hear these two girls talking. They're using kind of cutesy language, aren't they.
John: Doesn't sound very manly. So we do hear the measure word for dog.
John: 1st tone. And rather than saying 狗 she says ...
John: So that's like 'doggy'.
John: A cuter way of saying it.
John: So for girly girls and kids. So what does she say about the dog, the doggy?
John: 迷你 - 2nd tone, 3rd tone - that means 'mini'.
John: And in Chinese you can use it like you use in English, like 'mini-skirt' or something, but you can also use it by itself to just mean 'small'.
John: Kind of like 'tiny'.
John: OK. And the other girl thinks she knows what kind of dog it is.
John: 好像 - 3rd tone, 4th tone - that's 'it seems'.
John: And in Chinese its often used like 'I think', when you're pretty sure and you're making a pretty safe guess.
John: That it the word for Chihuahua. And the tones are ...
John: 吉娃娃。OK, Chihuahua. And then the other girl makes a strange comment. What does she say?
John: So small they definitely don't bite people. I don't think that's true. But anyway, 'definitely don't bite people', how do you say that?
John: 咬, 3rd tone, means 'to bite', but in this case you don't just use it by itself.
John: 'Bite people'.
迪璐: 对。在中文里面，咬不太会一个词［讲 or 这样？］用。
John: You don't often just use it by itself.
John: Got it.
迪璐: 但是另外那个女孩儿，她说， 她觉得吉娃娃太瘦了。我喜欢胖乎乎的那种狗。
John: So 'that kind of fat and fluffy'.
John: 胖, 4th tone, that means 'fat'.
John: So by adding 乎乎 on the end, what are we adding here in meaning?
迪璐: 有这两个字，你不觉得很形象麻，你可以，you can imagine how [poofy???］the dog is。
John: I guess if you know what 胖乎乎的 means, you can imagine that. So 乎乎 kind of makes it sound a little bit cuter.
John: A little bit fluffier. Rather than being obese, its more cute.
John: You'll notice that in Chinese a lot of these single syllable adjectives, you can add this repeated double syllable after it to make it sound more - I don't know.