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Chinese to Go

Broadcast dates: 2014-04-17 00:00:00 Host: Huang Shih-han
Conversation

Broadcast dates: April 17

Host: Huang Shih-han

 

Conversation

 

A: 你火開太大了啦!

nǐ huǒ kāi tài dà le la

(Literally: You fire to open too big!)

The heat is too high!

 

菜都要燒焦了!

cài dōu yào shāo jiāo le

(Literally: Vegetables all will burn!)

You’re burning the vegetables!

 

B: 你外行人不懂啦,

nǐ wài háng rén bù dǒng la

(Literally: You outside of trade people not understand.)

You don’t know what you’re talking about!

 

我從小就會煮飯,

wǒ cóng xiǎo jiù huì zhǔ fàn

(Literally: I since little already knew cooking rice.)

I’ve been cooking since I was a child

 

很內行的哩!

hěn nèi háng de li

(Literally: Very inside the trade!)

so I’m an expert!

 

A: 內行人也有失誤的時候啊,

nèi háng rén yě yǒu shī wù de shí hòu a

(Literally: Inside the trade people also have mistake time.)

Even experts sometimes make mistakes.

 

Vocabulary

 

你 nǐ

you (singular)

 

火 huǒ

fire; heat

 

開 kāi

to open; to turn on

 

太 tài

excessively

 

大 dà

big; strong; high

 

了 le

1)      a particle used to intensify the adjective before it

2)      a particle is used to indicate a change of state

 

菜cài

vegetable

 

都 dōu

all

 

要 yào

to be going to

 

燒焦 shāo jiāo

to burn

 

外行 wài háng

(literally “outside of the trade”) uninitiated; not an expert

 

人 rén

person; people

 

不 bù/bú

no; not

 

懂 dǒng

to know

 

我 wǒ

I; me

 

從小 cóng xiǎo

since childhood

 

就jiù

already

 

會 huì

to know how to do something

 

煮飯 zhǔ fàn

to cook (rice)

 

很 hěn

very

 

內行 nèi háng

(literally “in the trade”) to be an expert in something; to be very good at something

 

也 yě

also

 

失誤 shī wù

to miss; to make a mistake

 

時候 shí hòu

time 

Mandarin Speech Contest for Foreign Nationals
Foot Massage

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Foot massage is a favorite spa treatment in Taiwan. Go to the night market and you’ll find at least two or three places offering traditional reflexology treatments. After three years in Taiwan, I’d never been to try a foot massage anymore.

 

First you soak your feet in hot water. After a few minutes, you’re ready to begin. The person doing the massaging rubs your feet and legs with oil. I thought that foot massage would be just that: foot massage. But actually, the massage also involves using a wooden tool to scrape off any calluses you may have. Being very ticklish, I couldn’t stop laughing the whole time. Thankfully, there was a TV and a pot of tea to keep me distracted.

 

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After the massage is over, the masseuse beats your feet and legs. Then she wraps your feet up in hot washcloths. The whole process takes about 45 minutes. It felt quite strange, but when it was all done, my feet and legs felt wonderful! It’s not terribly expensive (around US$10 where I went). Give it a try next time you’re in Taiwan!

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