Good News!

  • 01 February, 2018
  • Paula Chao

“Fitting in in Chinese” is a special series on Chinese to Go, which is jointly produced by the Chinese Language Center of Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages and Radio Taiwan International.

 

Episode 36

 

Good News!

 

好消息!

(Hǎo xiāoxī!)

Good News!

 

德美:老師,剛才得中告訴我們一個好消息!

(Dé měi: Lǎoshī, gāngcái dé zhōng gàosù wǒmen yīgè hǎo xiāoxī.)

Demei: Teacher, just now Dezhong told us some good news!

 

老師:什麼好消息?

(Lǎoshī: Shénme hǎo xiāoxī?)

Teacher: What good news is that?

 

歐福:得中的接待家庭要帶我們三個去墾丁玩!

(Ōu fú: Dé zhōng de jiēdài jiātíng yào dài wǒmen sān gè qù kěndīng wán!)

Oufu: Dezhong’s host family is going to take the three of us to Kenting!

 

老師:那太好了!你們一定會玩得很開心!

(Lǎoshī: Nà tài hǎole! Nǐmen yīdìng huì wán dé hěn kāixīn!)

Teacher: That’s wonderful! You will certainly have a great time!

 

歐福:現在的油價那麼高,我們應該付油錢,對不對?

(Ōu fú: Xiànzài de yóujià nàme gāo, wǒmen yīnggāi fù yóu qián, duì bùduì?)

Oufu: With gas prices so high now, we should pay for the gas, shouldn’t we?

 

老師:禮貌上先問一下,可是我想他們不會收。

(Lǎoshī: Lǐmào shàng xiān wèn yīxià, kěshì wǒ xiǎng tāmen bù huì shōu.)

Teacher:   It’s polite to ask, but I don’t think they will accept your offer.

 

德美:那我們應該做什麼?

(Dé měi:  Nà wǒmen yīnggāi zuò shénme?)

Demei:     What should we do, then?

 

歐福:    我知道,我們可以買一點吃的、喝的,或是水果。

(Ōu fú: Wǒ zhīdào, wǒmen kěyǐ mǎi yīdiǎn chī de, hē de, huò shì shuǐguǒ.)

Oufu: I know, we can buy some snacks, drinks, or fruit.

 

德美:或是做幾個德國口味的三明治。

(Dé měi: Huò shì zuò jǐ gè déguó kǒuwèi de sānmíngzhì.)

Demei: Or we could make some German-style sandwiches.

 

老師:你們真懂事,你們的接待家人一定愛死你們了!

(Lǎoshī:   Nǐmen zhēn dǒngshì, nǐmen de jiēdài jiārén yīdìng ài sǐ nǐmenle!)

Teacher:   You are really catching on fast. Your host families are going to love you!

 

Cultural Insight

 

子曰:「三人行,必有我師焉。」

(Zǐ yuē:`Sān rénxíng, bì yǒu wǒ shī yān.)

Confucius has said, “When three people walk together, one can always be my teacher.”

 

禮貌不花分文,但是價值連城!

(Lǐmào bù huā fēn wén, dànshì jiàzhí liánchéng!)

Courtesy doesn’t cost a thing, but it’s beyond value!