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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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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
lǎogōng ,wǒmen gěi dùzi lǐ de bǎobao qǔ gè míngzi ba 。
Honey, let's give our baby in my belly a name!
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”.
wèishénme ā ?
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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