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ID: 2394 Upper Intermediate
For centuries, Chinese families maintained a pattern of names for each generation according to a 家谱 (jiāpǔ), or family tree. Today this practice of naming has become less common, but there are still some families which continue the tradition. In this lesson, a husband and wife discuss the name for their future child only to discover that the husband's family still keeps to this tradition.
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SIMPLIFIED PINYIN ENGLISH  
家谱 jiāpǔ family tree, ancestry
bèi generation
只不过 zhǐ bùguò just, only to be
平民百姓 píngmín bǎixìng common people
老公,我们给肚子里的宝宝取个名字吧。
lǎogōng ,wǒmen gěi dùzi lǐ de bǎobao qǔ gè míngzi ba 。
Honey, let's give our baby in my belly a name!
是该想想了。这第二个字肯定是“定”。
shì gāi xiǎngxiang le 。zhè dì èr gè zì kěndìng shì “dìng ”。
That's something we should think about. The second character should definitely be “Ding”.
为什么啊?
wèishénme ā ?
Why?
家谱里规定的呀,我们宝宝应该是“定”字辈的。
jiāpǔ lǐ guīdìng de ya ,wǒmen bǎobao yīnggāi shì “dìng ”zì bèi de 。
It's a rule in our family tree! Our child should be in the “Ding” generation.
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