Joke for the Day--电话铃响不响我都去接
听说/tīngshuō/to hear; 响/xiǎng/ring; 接/jiē/to answer; 精神病/jīngshénbìng/mental disorder; 医生/yīshēng/doctor; 看病/kànbìng/to see a doctor; 帮助/bāngzhù/to help; 星期/xīngqī/week; 敢/gǎn/to dare
texinchinaJune 16, 2009, 05:43 AM
I must be missing out on something. Can someone correct me: I get:
Whether the phone rings or not I always answer.
"I heard you requested to see a shrink, do you feel you need help?"
Of course I do the past several weeks when the phone rings I dare not answer, but now I answer whether it rings or not.
damonJune 16, 2009, 07:34 AM
A joke a day? Is this the start of something new or am I just slow to get it (get it, ha) Anyway, my lame puns aside, what a brilliant idea.
But..can we have it in pinyin and traditional hanzi as well?
Today's joke quite good, btw ;)
helenshen_counselorJune 16, 2009, 08:16 AM
@damon, thanks for your suggestion! What I was thinking about is to put up a joke, riddle or even an idiom with a background story every day! What do you think of that? Is there something better to help your Chinese learning?
Need your suggestion on this!
damonJune 16, 2009, 12:50 PM
Hi Shenyajin, I think anything that makes you laugh a little and want to share with others is a great idea. Jokes, riddles and short tales with a twist or a smile at the end fit into this category. Idioms are interesting but a little more towards instructional, if you know what I mean. A joke or a riddle usually takes a little longer and what's more you can share them with other learners and even native speakers. What native speaker is that interested in hearing about this new idiom you learnt?
helenshen_counselorJune 16, 2009, 05:57 AM
@texinchina, nice try! 很好很好！For this “听说你在请精神病医生看病，你觉得对你有没有帮助？” It's better to say "I heard you had seen a shrink, do you think it was helpful/ do you think you're better?
pcheneryJune 17, 2009, 12:49 AM
The joke works better if you change the first sentence:
"Lately, I was too afraid to answer the phone"
"I heard you had seen a shrink, do you think it was helpful/ do you think you're better?
"Of course it helped, A few weeks ago, when the phone rang, I didn't dare answer it. But now, I answer it whether it rings or not."
最近我怕接电话 (Is this correct ?)
coljacJune 17, 2009, 03:20 AM
I think a joke a day is an excellent idea, because there is a definite payoff in doing the work to understand the content. A riddle/puzzle or trivia question would also be a fun idea maybe?
zhenlijiangJune 16, 2009, 02:23 PM
shenyajin, riddles are fab! Another library book I keep borrowing is 365夜 谜语 (是一本很破旧的书)。 As you can tell it's a riddle for every day of the year, and they give not the answers directly but a chart of illustrations of all answers, in the front. So if a child wants to guess but needs a little help, he can go look at those pictures.
It's also great pronunciation practice to read these kind of little verses and rhymes aloud.