Intermediate - Bumming a Ride
Greg: Hey there ChinesePod listeners, you're listening to an Intermediate lesson on ChinesePod, my name is Greg.
Connie: 大家好，我是 Connie。
Greg: Connie, what are we talking about today?
Greg: 搭车。We're going to get a lift. Bum a ride.
Greg: Get a ride from a stranger. Hitchhike. Feels like a sketchy topic don't you think.
Greg: Let's listen to the dialog.
Greg: We have two people waiting on the side of the road trying to hitchhike, trying to hitch a ride.
Greg: Correct. What's the first thing that they say?
Greg: 快拦车。拦车 is to flag down a car.
Greg: Wave your hand out and get him to stop. But of course they were unsuccessful.
Greg: The girl is upset and starts complaining. What does she say?
Greg: Why won't anyone give us a lift? There are a couple of words here that I think are important to point out. The first one is 肯.
Greg: K-e-n, 3rd tone. In this case its 'to agree to'.
Greg: To agree to or allow you to do something. Why won't anyone allow us to jump in their car? The next word that we want to look at is 搭.
Greg: D-a, 1st tone. This is literally 'to give someone a lift'.
Greg: Give us a lift. The guy has a theory as to why no-one will give them a lift.
Greg: Is it because we look too much like criminals? How do we say 'to look like'?
Greg: You may have heard this 长得 in the past, for maybe 'to look beautiful'.
Greg: Or to look really handsome.
Greg: So its used to describe how someone looks, how someone appears. And then you add on this last character which means 'to look like'.
Greg: It means to look like some kind of person.
Greg: 坏人 is literally 'bad person', but in this case its more like someone who would do harm to you.
Greg: Either a thief or murderer or something. And what does she say back to him?
Greg: 'You're the one that looks like a criminal'.
Greg: What is this 才，c-a-i, 2nd tone, mean?
Greg: An emphasising particle. Its saying 'YOU'RE the one who looks like the criminal'.
Greg: This 呢，normally I'd feel like this 呢 we've learned to mean a followup question. But in this case what does it do?
Greg: To modify the tone.
Greg: So you don't have to pay too much attention to that 呢 in this case. What's next?
Greg: 'Yeah yeah, how could there be a criminal as beautiful as you'. He really knows how to flatter her.
Greg: I think the most important new word to look at here is 哪有。