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A Chinese ghost story

Apr. 1, 2015

Are you familiar with Chinese ghost story? Have you heard the famous novel 《聊斋志异》Strange Tales of a Lonely StudioLearn Chinese with echineselearning cast to get into another world. Listen to how we talk about the movie showing recently. Don’t be afraid, you may find some popular words in this Chinese learning cast. Learn Chinese today!

Dialogue:

A:你最近看了什么电影?

B:我最近看了《画皮》printed skin,觉得还不错。听说这部电影已经代表香港参加奥斯卡最佳外语片奖的评选了。你看了吗?

A:哦,我还没有看过。虽然听起来不错,但是很可惜,我不喜欢看鬼片。

B:你应该去看看的,虽然《画皮》是根据中国最有名的鬼故事《聊斋志异》改编的。但它已经不是鬼片了,别担心,一点也不可怕,它像是一部关于“第三者”的爱情故事。

A:哦,我喜欢看爱情故事,我会去看看的。咱们今天就讲讲什么是“第三者”吧。

B:好啊,“第三者”现在常常指a person in love with a married man (or woman),“第” prefix before a number for ordering numbers, so “第三”means “third”or“number three”。“者”在这里是person的意思,所以“第三者”本来的意思就是“the third person”。

A:在口语里还有一个和“第三者”意思一样的词“小三儿”。

B:“小三儿”这个词现在在网上还真是挺流行的。

A:对啊,现在还出现了“小四儿”的说法。

B:天啊,太混乱了。我觉得爱情还是只有两个人比较好。

A:我同意。所以大家只要记住“第三者”的意思就是a person in love with a married man (or woman)就可以了,最好不要真的做第三者哦。

B:对,一会儿我就去看看《画皮》这部关于“第三者”的电影。

Key vocabulary:

第三者 dì sān zhě the third person, a person in love with a married man (or woman)
小三儿 xiǎo sān ér oral saying of “dì sān zhě
最佳外语片奖 zuì jiā wài yǔ piàn jiǎnɡ best foreign language film
鬼片 ɡuǐ piàn ghost movie
《聊斋志异》 liáo zhāi zhì yì Strange Tales of a Lonely Studio, a famous Chinese novel about   some ghost story
《画皮》 huà pí painted skin, a movie showing this year, adapt from《聊斋志异》
改编 ɡǎi biān adapt
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