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ID: 2397 Upper Intermediate
One of the best ways to engage in language immersion is to live abroad with a host family. However, adapting to a new culture on such an intimate level can sometimes be a difficult thing. In this lesson, we hear about some of the challenges that can come when living with a host family in China.
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SIMPLIFIED PINYIN ENGLISH  
好不容易 hǎobùróngyì not easy
chè to withdraw, leave
浓厚 nónghòu deep, dense
体验 tǐyàn to personally experience
在忙什么呢?都坐在电脑前一个上午了,也不起来活动活动。
zài máng shénme ne ?dōu zuòzài diànnǎo qián yī gè shàngwǔ le ,yě bù qǐlái huódòng huódòng 。
What are you doing? You've been sitting in front of the computer all morning and haven't gotten up to move around.
唉!我前段时间好不容易帮一个外国朋友在上海找了个寄宿家庭,结果才住了半个月,就想撤了。
ài !wǒ qián duàn shíjiān hǎobùróngyì bāng yī gè wàiguó péngyou zài Shànghǎi zhǎo le gè jìsù jiātíng ,jiéguǒ cái zhù le bàn gè yuè ,jiù xiǎng chè le 。
Man! I had a tough time before helping my foreign friend find a host family in Shanghai. As a result, he stayed for half a month and then wanted to leave.
哦?我以前只听说过中国人到国外去找外国寄宿家庭。没想到也有老外想住在中国人家里啊。
ó ?wǒ yǐqián zhī tīngshuō guo Zhōngguórén dào guówài qù zhǎo wàiguó jìsù jiātíng 。méixiǎngdào yě yǒu lǎowài xiǎng zhùzài Zhōngguórén jiālǐ ā 。
Huh? I only ever heard about Chinese people going abroad looking for a host family. I had no idea that foreigners also wanted to live in Chinese people's homes!
那当然!这些老外一般都对中国语言和文化有浓厚的兴趣。他们想真正体验中国人的日常生活,了解中国。最主要的是有语言环境,可以快速提高中文水平。提供寄宿的中国家庭不仅可以赚点儿费用,还可以顺便练习英文。何乐而不为呢?
nà dāngrán !zhèxiē lǎowài yībān dōu duì Zhōngguó yǔyán hé wénhuà yǒu nónghòu de xìngqù 。tāmen xiǎng zhēnzhèng tǐyàn Zhōngguórén de rìcháng shēnghuó ,liǎojiě Zhōngguó 。zuì zhǔyào de shì yǒu yǔyán huánjìng ,kěyǐ kuàisù tígāo Zhōngwén shuǐpíng 。tígōng jìsù de Zhōngguó jiātíng bùjǐn kěyǐ zhuàn diǎnr fèiyòng ,hái kěyǐ shùnbiàn liànxí Yīngwén 。hélèérbùwéi ne ?
Of course! These foreigners usually have a deep interest in Chinese language and culture. They want to really experience Chinese people's everyday life and understand China. The most important thing is to have a language environment where they can quickly improve their level of Chinese. Chinese families providing lodging not only can make a bit of money, they can also easily practice a bit of English. So why not do it?
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