Intermediate - Teeth Cleaning
John: Hi everybody, my name is John. You're listening to an Intermediate lesson on ChineePod.
Dilu: 你好，我是 Dilu。欢迎收听中文播客，中级课程。
John: And today we have a serious lesson about going to the dentist.
John: 看牙 - literally 'look at teeth'. But you're talking about going to have the dentist look at your teeth.
John: 洗牙 - literally 'wash teeth', that means to get your teeth cleaned.
John: How long has it been since you've had a checkup?
John: How long has it been since you've done something.
John: Notice the order. you start off with ...
John: And then you have the 没，then some kind of action, and the 了。
John: What if I wanted to say 没看牙多久了？ Can I say that?
John: Can we have one other example of this 'how long has it been since you've done something' pattern.
John: How long has it been since you've gone home?
John: OK. And if you want to use the full answer, like 'it has been a year since my last checkup', how do you say that?
John: And the answer that he gives in the dialog is ...
John: 'More or less a year'. He just doesn't use the full pattern. And then the doctor says ...
John: So 帮你 isn't really 'help you', its just 'do it for you'.
John: 3rd tone, 2nd tone. That means 'to check', 'to inspect'.
John: In this case look at your teeth.
John: 'Mouth' and then 张大。1st tone, 4th tone. That means 'open wide'.
John: 'Open big'. In English you often hear the dentist say 'open wide'. in Chinese its ...
John: What? Really? Open your nostrils wide?
Dilu: 你可以try hard。
John: That's bizarre. Anyway, after 检查ing a little bit, what's the result?
John: This word 牙龈, two 2nd tones, this means 'gums'.
John: You'll notice this Chinese character 龈 is just for expressing 'gums'. So 牙龈 means 'gums'.
John: 发炎 - 1st tone, 2nd tone - what does that look like?
John: So it'll be red, a little bit swollen, and maybe a little bit painful. So we're talking about 'inflamed'. So the guys gums are a little bit inflamed. I'm guessing its not too bad because he didn't really know about it, he wasn't complaining about it.