FSI Mandarin

Society, unit 7

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你觉得最近社会上安定一点儿吗?Do you think society has been calmer lately?
Nǐ juéde zuìjìn shèhuìshang āndìng yìdiǎnr ma?
当然,有了新法律,犯罪的人少多了。Of course. Since there have been new laws, there are far fewer people committing crimes.
Dāngrán, yǒule xīn fǎlǜ, fàn zuìde rén shǎoduō le.
我想看看今天有什么广告。I'd like see what ads there are today.
Wǒ xiǎng kànkan jīntiān yǒu shénme guǎnggào.
这儿有一份华盛顿邮报,拿去找找看吧!Here's a copy of the Washington Post. Take it and try to find some.
Zhèr yǒu yífèn Huáshèngdùn Yóubào, nàqu zhǎozhǎo kàn ba!
最近今年教育工作有很大的进步。There's been a lot of progress in work in education these past few years.
Zuìjìn jǐnián jiàoyu gōngzuò yǒu hěn dàde jìnbù.
是啊,学校里在也没有什么乱七八糟的情况了。Yes, schools aren't so messed up anymore.
Shì a, xuéxiàoli zài yě méiyou shénme luànqībāzāode qíngkuàng le.
你说,宗教的责任是什么?What do you think the responsibility of religion is?
Nǐ shuō, zōngjiàode zéren shi shénme?
这不是一个简单的问题,我们得从历史谈起。That's not a simple question. We have to begin by talking about history.
Zhèi bú shi yíge jiǎndānde wèntí, wǒmen děi cóng lìshǐ tānqǐ.
在大陆的十亿人口中有多少是受过教育的?How many of the one billion people on the mainland have received an education?
Zài dàlùde shíyì rénkǒu- zhōng yǒu duóshǎo shi shòuguo jiàoyude?
我想现在连离城市很远的农村都有学校,受过教育的人大概不少。I think that now even villages far from the city have schools, so there are probably a lot of people who are educated.
Wǒ xiǎng xiànzài lián lí chéngshì hěn yuǎnde nóngcūn dōu yǒu xuéxiào, shòuguo jiàoyude rén dàgài bù shǎo.
明报不错,世界性的新闻他都有。The Ming Pao is not bad. It has all the world news.
Míng Bào bù cuò, shìjièxìng- de xīnwén tā dōu yǒu.
对了。明报不错,不能不看。Yes, the Ming Pao is quite good. You have to read it.
Duì le. Míng Bào bù cuò, bù néng bu kàn.
只要你来帮忙我们就有办法。As long as you help out, we'll he able to do it.
Zhǐ yào nǐ lái bāng máng wǒmen jiù yǒu bànfa.
这有什么?应该的嘛。This is nothing. It's only right.
Zhè yǒu shénme? Yīnggāide ma.
你看,这篇文章里不是吸毒,就是杀人。Look, there's nothing in this article hut taking drugs and killing.
Nǐ kàn, zhèipiān wénzhāngli bu shi xī dú, jiù shi shā rěn.
看这种新闻,只能使人难受。算了,不要看了。Reading this kind of news will only make you feel had. Forget it, don't read it.
Kàn zhèizhǒng xīnwén, zhǐ néng shǐ rén nánshòu. Suàn le, bú yào kàn le.
本来他的中文不错,离开中国久了,忘了很多。Originally, his Chinese was pretty good, hut he's been away from China for a long time and he's forgotten a lot.
Běnlái tāde Zhōngwén bú cuò, líkāi Zhōngguo jiǔle, wàngle hěn duō.

Vocabulary

安定【āndìng】 to be stable/quiet/settled
本来【běnlái】 originally; in the beginning; to begin with; in the first place
不能不【bùnéngbù】 have to; must
从…(verb)·起【cóng…qǐ】to start (verb)-ing from...
法律【fǎlǜ】 law
【fàn】 to violate; to offend
犯罪【fànzuì】 to commit a crime
广告【guǎnggào】 advertisement.
华盛顿邮报【huáshèngdùn yóubào】 Washington Post
简单【jiǎndān】 to be simple
教育【jiàoyù】 to educate; education
进步【jìnbù】 to progress; progress
(v v) 看【kàn】 try and (v), (v) and see how it is
【lái】 (used before a werb to express that something will be done)
连… 都/也…连【lián…dōu/yě】even...
【luàn】 to be in disorder; to be chaotic; to be in a mess; indiscriminately; recklessly; arbitrarily; any old way
乱七八糟【luànqībāzāo】 in a mess; in confusion; in disorder; miscellaneous; jumbled; all thrown together
明报【míngbào】Ming Bao (Hongkong newspaper)
【shā】 kill (in general); to kill (specifically with a knife or knifelike instrument); to try to kill
使【shǐ】 to cause; to enable (followed by a verb)
世界性【shìjièxìng】worldwide
受教育【shòu jiàoyù】 to receive an education
吸毒【xīdú】 to take drugs
·性【·xìng】nature, -ness, -ibility
有办法,(对…)【yǒu bànfǎ】 to be able to deal with
有效【yǒu xiào】 to be effective; to be valid
再也不 / 没【zài yě bù/méi】never again
责任【zérèn】 responsibility
只要【zhǐyào】 if only
·中【·zhōng】 in; among
宗教【zōngjiào】 (organized) religion
【zuì】 crime; guilt