FSI Mandarin

Society, unit 2

Reference list

这本法文周刊相当不错!This French weekly is quite good!
Zhèiběn Fǎwén zhōukān xiāngdāng bú cuò!
阿!你现在对法文很有研究了,能看法文杂志了!Oh! You know a lot about French now; you can read French magazines!
Ā !Nǐ xiànzài duì Fǎwén hěn yǒu yánjiū le, néng kàn Fǎwén zázhì le!
男女平等是不是中国人的看法?Is equality between men and women a Chinese viewpoint?
Nánnǚ píngděng shì bu shi Zhōngguo rénde kànfā?
是,可是那是中国人的新观念,不是老观念。Yes, but that's a new concept of the Chinese, not an old one.
Shì, kěshi nèi shi Zhōngguo rénde xīn guānniàn, bú shi lǎo guānniàn.
这篇文章不好吗?Isn't this article any good?
Zhèipiān wénzhāng bù hǎo ma?
不是这个意思。文章不错,就是长了一点儿。你还有别的文章吗?That wasn't what I meant. The article is pretty good, it's just that it's a bit long. Do you have any other articles?
Bú shi zhèige yìsi. Wénzhǎng bú cuò, jiù shi chángle yidiǎnr. Nǐ hái yǒu shénme biéde wénzhāng ma?
你结婚以前一直都跟父母一起住吗?不是,我没结婚就离开家独立生活了七八年。Before you got married did you live with your parents all along? No, I left home before I got married and lived independently for seven or eight years.
Nǐ jiēhūn yǐqián yìzhí dōu gēn fùmǔ yìqǐ zhù ma? Bú shì, wo méi jiēhūn jiu líkǎi jiā dúlì shēnghuóle qī-bā nián。
你看,这儿有一篇关于同居的新闻。Look, here's a news article about "living together."
Nǐ kàn, zhèr yǒu yìpiān guānyú tóngjūde xǐnwén.
算了吧。这种新闻有什么意思?Forget it. What's interesting about that kind of news?
Suànle ba. Zhèizhǒng xǐnwén yǒu shénme yìsi?
你姐姐医学方面的书越来越多了!Your sister is getting more and more medical books!
Nī jiějie yīxué fāngmiànde shū yuè lái yuè duō le!
是啊,她在拼命学医呢。Yes, she's studying medicine with all her energy.
Shì a, tā zài pīnmìng xué yī ne.
刘先生课实在没意思。Mr. Liú's class is really boring.
Liú Xiānshengde kè shízài méi yìsi.
你听下去,慢慢儿会有兴趣的。If you keep attending it, gradually you'll become interested.
Nǐ tǐngxiaqu, mànmānr huì yǒu xìngqude.
象王教授这样的老师真实不多。There really aren't many teachers like Professor Wang.
Xiàng Wang Jiàoshòu zhèi- yangde lǎoshì zhēnshi bù duō.
你说对了。如果不是他帮助我,我真不想学了。You're right. If it weren't for the help he's given me, I wouldn't want to study anymore.
Nǐ shuōduì le. Rúguǒ bú shi tā bāngzhu wo, wǒ zhēn bù xiǎng xué le.
三年以前我不靠父母生活了。I stopped depending on my parents for a living three years ago.
Sānnián yīqián wǒ jiu bú kào fùmǔ shēnghuó le.
你能自己管自己真不错。It's really great that you can take care of yourself [be your own boss].
Nǐ néng zìjǐ guǎn zìjǐ, zhēn bú cuò.
他写的几本小说现在都很流行。The novels he wrote are all very popular now.
Tā xiěde jǐběn xiǎoshuō xiànzài dōu hěn liúxíng.
那当然,向他那样又地位又知识的人,写的小说一定有意思。Of course. Novels written by someone with his position and knowledge are sure to be interesting.
Nà dāngrán, xiàng tā nèiyang yǒu dìwei yǒu zhīshide rén, xiěde xiǎoshuǒ yídìng yǒu yìsi.

Vocabulary

帮助【bāngzhù】 help; to help
·辈子【·bèizi】 all one's life; lifetime.
道理【dàoli】 principle, truth, hows and whys; reason, argument, sense.
地位【dìwèi】 position; status
独立【dúlì】 stand alone; independence; independent.
妇女【fùnǚ】 woman.
【guǎn】 to take care of; to mind; to bother about
观念【guānniàn】 concept; idea; notion
结婚结婚【jiéhūn】 to get married.
【kào】to depend on; to rely on; to lean against; to be near; to be next to
流行【liúxíng】 to be common; to be prevalent; to be popular
没意思【méiyìsi】to be not interesting; to be boring; to be without value, not worthy of respect
男女【nánnǚ】 men and women; male-female
·篇【·piān】 (counter for sheets of paper, articles or pieces of writing)
平等【píngděng】 equality; to be equal (of people)
拼命【pīnmìng】 with all one's might; for all one is worth; desperately; like mad; to risk one's life; to defy death
生活【shēnghuó】 life; to live; livelihood
实在【shízài】 really; to be real
算了【suànle】 forget it; let's drop the matter; let it go at that; come off it
同居【tóngjū】 live together; cohabit.
文章【wénzhāng】 article; essay; prose (writing) style
【xiàng】to be like; to such as; like
相当【xiāngdāng】 quite; pretty; considerably.
·下去【·xiàqu】 (resultative ending which indicates continuing and action)
兴趣【xìngqù】 interest.
新闻【xīnwén】 news.
新闻周刊【xīnwén zhōukān】 Newsweek
学医【xuéyī】 to study medicine
【yī】 medical science; medicine (used in phrases such as "study medicine")
医学【yīxué】 medical science; medicine
一直【yīzhí】 all along; continuously; all the time (up to a certain point)
有帮助【yǒu bāngzhù】 to be helpful
有道理【yǒu dàoli】to make sense
有兴趣【yǒu xìngqù】 to be interested
有研究【yǒu yánjiū】 to have done research on; to know a lot about
越…越…【yuè…yuè…】the more... the more...
越来越…【yuèláiyuè…】 more and more ...; increasingly...
知识【zhīshí】 knowledge
周刊【zhōukān】 weekly publication (or magazine); a "weekly".
自由【zìyóu】 freedom; to be free