Mandarin Word Game

Fiona@ChinesePod
January 29, 2015, 11:26 AM posted in General Discussion

Hi guys,

I came across this little play on words today and thought it was so fun! 

夏天能穿多少穿多少

冬天能穿多少穿多少

Can you guys decifer it? ;D

Fi 

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podster
January 29, 2015, 03:43 PM

Fi, This kind of "riddle" is fun and helps us improve our understanding of the language, I think.   Someone sent me this and a few other similar ones recently.  For example:

女孩给男朋友打电话:如果你到了,我还没到,你就等着吧;如果我到了,你还没到,你就等着吧。

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babyeggplant

我很费解

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podster

A girl gave her boyfriend a phone call: If you get there, and I haven't gotten there just wait for me. If I get there, and you haven't gotten there, just you wait!

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babyeggplant

有点意思!

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podster

babyeggplant, okay, here's another one for you to try. I'm going to leave it up for a while before giving my explanation in case anyone else who wants to try the challenge too:

单身的原因:原来是喜欢一个人,现在是喜欢一个人。

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babyeggplant

这个比较简单。我虽然已经结婚了,但是我还是挺赞同这个想法。

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bababardwan

这个比较简单。我虽然已经结婚了,但是我还是挺赞同这个想法

en, bijiao jiandan. I'll leave it too then.

haha, I like this one "你就等着吧 "

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waiguoren

I don't think this is 简单 for me but I'll give it a crack.

The reason for being single is: first you like someone else, but then you just like being by yourself?

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bababardwan

就是...that's what I took it to be waiguoren

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bababardwan
January 31, 2015, 04:55 AM

Could it be:

In summer you can wear a lot less, wear a lot less

In winter you can wear as much as you like, wear as much as you like

...something along those lines...all depending on the emphasis you put on the two characters 多少

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podster

baba, I would have translated it as "in summer you can wear as little as you like. In winter wear as much as you can."

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babyeggplant
January 31, 2015, 05:45 AM

I think it's simply

In summer, wear as little as you can.

In winter, wear as much as you can.

 

 

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podster

Yes, simple is better. I think your translation is more direct and isolates the emphasis on 多少

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veronique21

You're certainly right. Actually, at the beginnong, I thought we had to guess a word... I do like this kind of game !!

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veronique21

typo: beginning

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waiguoren

I first thought the emphasis was on the 'homophone' 多少 meaning 'as little' in the first case and 'as much' in the second, but Fiona's explanation seems a little different...

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waiguoren
February 01, 2015, 01:45 PM

I had to google these 'play on words' type things (couldn't work out the answers by myself) and came across a very interesting/saucy one (see if you can work it out):

女孩约的男孩迟到了有两个原因:

a.   睡过了

b.   睡过了。

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veronique21

I would say:

a. The sleep has gone (he can't sleep). But why is he late ? Because he was just dremaing about the date ?

b. He fell asleep.

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podster

I'm going to guess one reading is "he overslept" and the other is "he slept with someone"

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bababardwan

Yeah, I was thinking that, though I thought the second one was not "someone" but specifically the girl he has the date with [ ? with the implication that after the conquest he was less motivated?]

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podster

yeah, that might make more sense; the V+过了 construction might convey the sense of he had "already done it" (slept with his girlfriend).

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waiguoren

OK guys, here's the answer:

There are two reasons why a boy is late for his date date with a girl:

A) He overslept

B) He has already slept with her (and thus is 'less motivated...after the conquest' as baba puts it ;)

So between podster and baba you got it!

I can't help looking at your profile pic (podster) and saying 'oh nice'!

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veronique21

Hey, waiguo pengyou, I don't understand the first answer: he overslept. Can you explain ?

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waiguoren

I'll try!

He overslept, as in 'he slept in' (he slept too much).

Say he set his alarm for 7am but didn't wake up until 7:30am: 他睡过了

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veronique21

Mingbai le ! Your explanation is very clear, thank you !

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babyeggplant

Another common phrase is 睡过头了

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podster

I have been tempted to say "oh, nice" a few times on the discussion boards, but managed to control myself so far. 那就好了!

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waiguoren
February 02, 2015, 11:13 AM

Another one for you all to try:

两种人容易被甩:

一种不知道什么叫做爱

一种不知道什么叫做爱


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bababardwan

two kinds of people that's its easy to get dumped by

The first kind knows something called love

The other kind knows something called making love

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waiguoren

That's pretty much it!

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babyeggplant

Don't miss the 不 in 不知道 up there!

There are two types of people who always get dumped:

One type doesn't know what love is

One type doesn't know what lovemaking is

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bababardwan

哦,那当然,我错了,太草率了,谢谢

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waiguoren
February 02, 2015, 12:17 PM

想和某个人在一起的两种原因:

一种是喜欢上人家,

另一种是喜欢上人家。

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Fiona@ChinesePod

I heard this one in the context of Jay Chou's recent marriage. LOL

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Fiona@ChinesePod
February 03, 2015, 11:40 AM

Hey guys! Here is the answer to the word game with some examples :) I'm loving all the other examples!

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waiguoren
February 03, 2015, 11:09 PM

剩女产生的原因有两个:

 一是谁都看不上,

 二是谁都看不上。

 

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babyeggplant

这个很不错。在中国确实有很多人就这么理解剩女。

第一个原因是剩女不喜欢任何人

第二个原因是没有任何人喜欢剩女