Intermediate - Oil in the Middle East
John: Hi guys, this is an Intermediate lesson on Chinese Pod. My name is John.
Dilu: 你好，我是 Dilu。
John: And today we have a lesson related to the Middle East. We haven't really done much on the Middle East before. How do you say Middle East in Chinese?
Dilu: 中东。中东。非常直接的 translation。
John: Very literal. Middle East. And this lesson's a bit harder than the average Intermediate because we go over quite a few country names, we talk a little bit about oil. Not the easiest Intermediate, but for people who want to talk about the Middle East, this is the lesson for you.
John: So in the first line we started talking about gasoline.
John: So the tones of 汽油 ...
John: So the price of gas has risen again. How do we say 'the price has risen'?
John: Literally 'rise price'. If you want to say 'the price of X has risen', then you say X涨价了。
John: The tones for that?
John: Then the guy says what?
John: So its got to be because there's fighting in the Middle East again. How does he refer to the Middle East?
John: 地区 is just a 'region'.
Dilu: 是的。或者是 area。
John: 地区 - 4th tone, 1st tone. 中东地区 means 'the Middle East region'.
John: 打仗 - 3rd tone, 4th tone. That means to 'go to war'.
John: As an American living in China for over 10 years, I've heard this phrase quite a few times from the Chinese - 美国又打仗了。
John: But continuing. Then we hear two country names.
John: 以色列。3rd-4th-4th. That's Israel.
John: And this is the one that is actually a mistake. 巴基斯坦 is Pakistan, but what they meant to say was ...
John: 巴勒斯坦。1-4-1-3. And that's Palestine.
John: So Israel is ...
John: And Palestine is ...
John: And the comment about them going to war all the time was ...
John: So 'one day until night'. That means 'all day long'?
John: So it means 'often', 'all the time'.
John: Can it sometimes mean 'all day'? Like 'he was watching TV all day long until night'.
John: So its more often used to mean 'all the time'.
John: So 'very often'. [????], very often.