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Mini-Test Answer: God knows.

Mar. 27, 2012

Beginner Level 初级 (chūjí)

The right answer to the test is B.

Translation:

          Zhè yǔ yào xià dao shénme shíhou ya?
   Lisa: 这雨   要     下   到     什么     时候   呀?

 

           When will the rain stop?

          Guǐ zhīdao, zài xià, zhōumò jiù bù néng chūqu wán le.
Emily: 鬼知道, 再   下,周末        就 不 能      出去   玩 了。

 

           God knows. We cannot go out if it rains this weekend.

Analysis:

The phrase “鬼知道 (Guǐ zhīdao)” means “God knows.” People say it to mean that they don’t know why something is happening. It is usually used when others ask people a question to which there is not any sure way to answer; the reply being “I don’t know’ or “how can I know that?” Alternately, “鬼才知道 (guǐ cái zhīdao)” or “天知道 (tiān zhīdao)” are also used. These phrases usually express a sense of aggravation.

Examples:

Guǐ zhīdao tā zài shuō shénme!
鬼    知道     他在    说       什么!

 

Only God knows what he is saying!

Guǐ cái zhīdao tā dàodǐ zài xiǎng shénme!
鬼    才 知道   她 到底  在   想        什么!

 

Only God knows what in the world she is thinking.

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