蜗居(wōjū) Dwelling Narrowness

蜗居(wōjū) Dwelling Narrowness   

Key Learning Points (Preview):

房价(fángjià) n. housing price

房奴(fángnú) n. mortgage slave

“蜗居(wōjū) Dwelling Narrownes” is probably the most popular TV series in 2009. It is about a new couple struggling for buying their first “房子(fángzi) house.” The script expresses a confusion of all the houseless families—“the speed of saving money never catches up with that of 房价(fángjià) housing price‘s上涨(shàngzhǎng) rise.” Meanwhile the story puts forward a thought provoking topic–is it possible for young people ever to own houses given the high flying real estate price? From ancient time to nowadays, Chinese people have a rooted tradition –they have always wanted to own their own houses. In Chinese people’s mind, if you want to have a family, you’d better own a house first. Now it is quite common for people to take mortgage loans, although everyone knows that it will take them many years to pay off their “房贷(fángdài) housing loan.” People who have very tight budget but still bought a house with the help of loans are called “房奴(fángnú) mortgage slaves.” Chinese tradition of owning a house leads to more and more mortgage slaves in China nowadays.

生词(shēngcí) Vocabulary

  

房价(fángjià) n housing price  

The character “房(fáng)” means house and “价(jià)” means price.

Example:

Fángjià búduàn de shàngzhǎng, zhēn ràng rén dānxīn.
房价不断地上涨,真让人担心。

The housing price is rising continuously, which made us worried.

房奴(fángnú) n mortgage slaves  

The character “房(fáng)” means house and “奴(nú)” means slave.

Example:

Zhōngguó chūxiàn le yuèláiyuèduō de fángnú.
中国出现了越来越多的房奴。

There are more and more mortgage slaves in China.
房子(fángzi) n house  

上涨(shàngzhǎng) v  to rise  

房贷(fángdài) n housing loan  

 

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