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A Convenient Misunderstanding

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ID: 2039 Intermediate
For foreigners, the road of Chinese learning is paved with mistakes and misinterpretations. In this lesson, we hear the tragically funny story of a foreigner who finds himself inconvenienced by the many meanings of the word 'convenient' (方便).
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坐下 zuòxià sit down
方便 fāngbiàn convenient
理解 lǐjiě to understand
旁边 pángbiān side
yǒu yī ge wàiguórén láidào Zhōngguó 。tā de Zhōngguó péngyou qǐng tā chīfàn 。
There was a foreigner that came to China. His Chinese friends treated him to a meal.
gāng zuòxià ,yī ge péngyou jiù shuō ,“bùhǎoyìsi ,wǒ qù fāngbiàn yīxià 。”
Just after he sat down, a friend said to him, "Excuse me, I'm going to go 'take a convenient.'"
tā bù lǐjiě shì shénme yìsi ,zuò zài pángbiān de yī ge péngyou gàosu tā ,fāngbiàn jiùshì shàng cèsuǒ de yìsi 。
He didn't understand what that meant, and a friend sitting next to him told him that 'convenient' meant using the restroom.
ò ,shì zhè ge yìsi 。”tā hěn gāoxìng zìjǐ yòu xuéhuì le yī ge cí 。
"Oh, that's what it means." He was happy to have learned another new word.
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