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ID: 2629 Advanced
Fri Jan 30 2015 | Fiona Tian, Constance Fang
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|拼命||pīnmìng||to try one's absolute best|
|报表||bàobiǎo||report (usually numerical)|
|一张张||yīzhāng||one sheet (paper) after another|
ā ！xiàng zhèyàng yībiān hē zhe kāfēi yībiān kànzhe gānggāng pīnmìng zuò hǎo de bàobiǎo yīzhāng yìn chūlái ，mòmíng de yǒu zhǒng xìngfú de gǎnjué 。
Mmm...Sipping coffee whilst watching the report I toiled over print out sheet by sheet like this...there's an indescribable sense of happiness.
ò ？nǐ yě gǎnshàng le “xiǎoquèxìng ”de cháoliú le 。
Oh, so you're also catching this trend of "little certain joys".
shénme “xiǎoquèxìng ”ā ？wǒ zuìjìn hǎoxiàng cháng zài guǎnggào shàng kàndào ，yě cháng zài diànshì shàng tīngdào ，xiě de shì Zhōngwén ，dàn wǒ què bù zhīdào gāi zěnme lǐjiě zhè ge cí 。
What "little certain joys"? I seem to be seeing it quite often on adverts, and hear it quite often on TV. It's written in Mandarin yet I don't quite comprehend this phrase.
yīnwèi zhè gēnběn bùshì Zhōngwén ā ，zhè ge cí shì cóng cūnshàngchūnshù de xiǎoshuō lǐ lái de ，fānyì de rén zhíjiē jiù yòng le cūnshàng suǒ xiě de “hànzì ”，zuòwéi fānyì ，qíshí jiùshì méiyǒu fānyì ，suǒyǐ nǐ yào zhíjiē cóng zìmiànshàng qu lǐjiě huì juéde shìdǒngfēidǒng 。
Because it's not Mandarin, this phrase comes from a Murakami Haruki novel. The person that translated it directly used the 'Kanji' that Murakami used as a translation. In fact, there was no translation, so if you try and comprehend it from it's literal meaning, you might feel that you seem to understand it but at the same time not quite understand it.
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