Intermediate - My Bankcard was Eaten
John: Hi Guys, I'm John, this is ChinesePod. We've got an Intermediate lesson today.
John: ATM机, the Automated Teller Machine machine.
Dilu: I don't know why.
John: John: We do that in English too with 'Pin Number' and stuff. But anyway, today we're going to have a problem at the ATM. The card is going to get eaten. So the challenge you have listening to this dialog is try to figure out what the verb is when the card gets eaten.
John: What do you do. You don't just talk to the ATM. That's not what this dialog is between in this dialog???? You call the number that's on the ATM ...
John: ... and you try to get someone to help you. We'll see how it goes.
John: So its a young lady who has the problem, and in the first line of the dialog we hear the problem as she starts talking to someone on the other end of the phone.
John: So she uses the word 'bank card'. How do we say that?
John: 2nd, 2nd, 3rd.
John: And then 'was eaten by the ATM'. How do we say that?
John: So first off we have the verb which means 'to get swallowed up', 'to be eaten' by the machine, and that verb is ...
John: TUN, 1st tone. 吞 is not a syllable you hear a lot.
John: The machine swallowed the card. But here we have a passive structure. It was eaten BY the ATM. So the word used for this passive structure is ...
John: So 'by the ATM machine, was eaten'.
John: But getting back to 吞, this verb. You said it means 'swallow'. So we can use it for food?
John: But just like in English, you don't use the word 'swallow' all the time when you mean 'eat'. You're only going to use it in special circumstances. Like a kid won't take their medicine, and you tell him 'swallow it, swallow it'.
John: How do you say that?
John: So 'swallow it down'.
John: So 吞下去 for swallowing some food or liquid. And then if its a machine, besides an ATM machine, do other machines eat stuff. What if a vending machine takes your money and doesn't give you anything?
Dilu: 对啊。那个也叫吞。就是你的钱被这个vending machine吞了。
John: So that's also 被吞了.
Dilu: 但是没有吃的东西［出来］。(What does 出来 mean here?)
John: You didn't get what you wanted. So then the bank employee on the other end of the phone asks a question.
John: So 'how was it eaten?' Why is there a 的 here? 怎么吞的？
John: OK, so its a 是...的 structure, but the 是 isn't there. So if it was there, then the full structure, what would it be?
John: Like '你的卡是怎么吞的？'
John: And this 的, the 是...的, is for asking details about the past.
John: Then we get the answer. How was it eaten?
John: So she got her PIN wrong a couple of times. So when you put in your password, your PIN, what's the verb for that?
John: 输入, that means 'input'.