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INTRODUCTION
John Reyna: Chinese Slang Expressions for Weather
John Reyna: Hi everyone, and welcome back to ChineseClass101.com. I'm John Reyna.
Dehua: And I'm Dehua!
John Reyna: This is Must-Know Chinese Slang Words and Phrases, Season 1, Lesson 14. In this lesson, you'll learn chinese slang expressions for weather.
John Reyna: We care about weather and have many expressions related to weather.
SLANG EXPRESSIONS
John Reyna: The expressions you'll be learning in this lesson are:
Dehua: 毛毛雨 (máomáoyǔ)
Dehua: 晴空万里 (qíngkōng wànlǐ)
Dehua: 雪上加霜 (xuěshàngjiāshuāng)
Dehua: 一帆风顺 (yīfānfēngshùn)
John Reyna: Dehua, what's our first expression?
Dehua: 毛毛雨 (máomáoyǔ)
John Reyna: literally meaning "drizzle." But when it's used as a slang expression, it means "an easy job."
Dehua: 毛毛雨 (máomáoyǔ)
John Reyna: Listeners, please repeat.
Dehua: 毛毛雨 (máomáoyǔ)
John Reyna: Use this slang expression when describing an easy task.
John Reyna: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Dehua: 他每天早上锻炼两个小时肌肉后再去上班,这点训练量对他来说就像毛毛雨。 (tā měi tiān zǎoshang duànliàn liǎng ge xiǎoshí jīròu hòu zài qù shàngbān, zhè diǎn xùnliàn liàng duì tā láishuō jiù xiàng máomáoyǔ.)
John Reyna: "He spends 2 hours to do muscle training before going to work every morning. To him, this training is nothing."
Dehua: 他每天早上锻炼两个小时肌肉后再去上班,这点训练量对他来说就像毛毛雨。 (tā měi tiān zǎoshang duànliàn liǎng ge xiǎoshí jīròu hòu zài qù shàngbān, zhè diǎn xùnliàn liàng duì tā láishuō jiù xiàng máomáoyǔ.)
John Reyna: Okay, what's the next expression?
Dehua: 晴空万里 (qíngkōng wànlǐ)
John Reyna: This literally means "sunny sky ten thousand miles." But when it's used as a slang expression, it means "sunny."
Dehua: 晴空万里 (qíngkōng wànlǐ)
John Reyna: Listeners, please repeat.
Dehua: 晴空万里 (qíngkōng wànlǐ)
John Reyna: Use this slang expression when you talk about good weather.
John Reyna: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Dehua: 今天天气真好,晴空万里。 (Jīntiān tiānqì zhēn hǎo, qíngkōng wànlǐ.)
John Reyna: "Today’s weather is so nice and sunny."
Dehua: 今天天气真好,晴空万里。 (Jīntiān tiānqì zhēn hǎo, qíngkōng wànlǐ.)
John Reyna: Okay, what's our next expression?
Dehua: 雪上加霜 (xuěshàngjiāshuāng)
John Reyna: literally meaning "add frost above snow." As a slang expression, it means "to make a bad situation worse."
Dehua: 雪上加霜 (xuěshàngjiāshuāng)
John Reyna: Listeners, please repeat.
Dehua: 雪上加霜 (xuěshàngjiāshuāng)
John Reyna: Use this slang expression when you talk about something that makes a bad situation even worse.
John Reyna: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Dehua: 他刚刚失业,现在又生病了,真是雪上加霜。 (Tā gānggāng shīyè, xiànzài yòu shēngbìngle, zhēnshi xuěshàngjiāshuāng.)
John Reyna: "He just lost his job, and now he is sick, which really makes things worse."
Dehua: 他刚刚失业,现在又生病了,真是雪上加霜。 (Tā gānggāng shīyè, xiànzài yòu shēngbìngle, zhēnshi xuěshàngjiāshuāng.)
John Reyna: Okay, what's the last expression?
Dehua: 一帆风顺 (yīfānfēngshùn)
John Reyna: Which literally means "sail wind smooth." As a slang expression, it means "everything goes smoothly."
Dehua: 一帆风顺 (yīfānfēngshùn)
John Reyna: Listeners, please repeat.
Dehua: 一帆风顺 (yīfānfēngshùn)
John Reyna: Use this slang expression when you wish people that everything goes well.
John Reyna: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Dehua: 祝你一帆风顺。 (Zhù nǐ yīfānfēngshùn.)
John Reyna: "Wish you all the best."
Dehua: 祝你一帆风顺。 (Zhù nǐ yīfānfēngshùn.)
QUIZ
John Reyna: Okay listeners, are you ready to be quizzed on the expressions you just learned? I’ll describe four situations, and you’ll choose the right expression to use in your reply. Are you ready?
John: It is nice and bright outside.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Dehua: 晴空万里 (qíngkōng wànlǐ)
John Reyna: "sunny"
John: You are confident in completing an easy job.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Dehua: 毛毛雨 (máomáoyǔ)
John Reyna: "an easy job"
John: You wish your friend to have a smooth journey.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Dehua: 一帆风顺 (yīfānfēngshùn)
John Reyna: "everything goes smoothly"
John: You get lost in the mountain and what’s worse, your phone doesn’t work.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Dehua: 雪上加霜 (xuěshàngjiāshuāng)
John Reyna: "to make a bad situation worse"

Outro

John Reyna: There you have it; you've mastered four Chinese Slang Expressions! We have more vocab lists available at ChineseClass101.com so be sure to check them out. Thanks, everyone, and see you next time!
Dehua: 下回見 (xià huí jiàn).

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Monday at 06:30 PM
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Hi Listeners! Do you know any other related slang expression? Post them in the comments.

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你好 robert groulx,


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thanks for the lesson


my favorite phrase is 晴空万里


robert