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INTRODUCTION
John Reyna: Chinese Slang Expressions for Daily Life
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 15. In this lesson, you'll learn chinese slang expressions for daily life.
John Reyna: What's a normal day like? Learn some useful expressions.
SLANG EXPRESSIONS
John Reyna: The expressions you'll be learning in this lesson are:
Dehua: 起床气 (qǐchuáng qì)
Dehua: 睡到自然醒 (shuì dào zìrán xǐng)
Dehua: 神器 (shénqì)
Dehua: 低头族 (dītóu zú)
John Reyna: Dehua, what's our first expression?
Dehua: 起床气 (qǐchuáng qì)
John Reyna: literally meaning "wake up angry." But when it's used as a slang expression, it means "wake up on the wrong side of the bed."
Dehua: 起床气 (qǐchuáng qì)
John Reyna: Listeners, please repeat.
Dehua: 起床气 (qǐchuáng qì)
John Reyna: Use this slang expression when someone wakes up with a bad temper.
John Reyna: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Dehua: 他有起床气,所以在他刚起床后最好别惹他。 (tā yǒu qǐchuáng qì, suǒyǐ zài tā gāng qǐchuáng hòu zuì hǎo bié rě tā.)
John Reyna: "He often wakes up in a bad mood, so you'd better not offend him right after he gets up."
Dehua: 他有起床气,所以在他刚起床后最好别惹他。 (tā yǒu qǐchuáng qì, suǒyǐ zài tā gāng qǐchuáng hòu zuì hǎo bié rě tā.)
John Reyna: Okay, what's the next expression?
Dehua: 睡到自然醒 (shuì dào zìrán xǐng)
John Reyna: This literally means "sleep till naturally wake up." But when it's used as a slang expression, it means "to wake up without an alarm."
Dehua: 睡到自然醒 (shuì dào zìrán xǐng)
John Reyna: Listeners, please repeat.
Dehua: 睡到自然醒 (shuì dào zìrán xǐng)
John Reyna: Use this slang expression when you talk about how one wakes up.
John Reyna: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Dehua: 我想要天天睡到自然醒。 (Wǒ xiǎng yào tiāntiān shuì dào zìrán xǐng.)
John Reyna: "I want to wake up every day without an alarm."
Dehua: 我想要天天睡到自然醒。 (Wǒ xiǎng yào tiāntiān shuì dào zìrán xǐng.)
John Reyna: Okay, what's our next expression?
Dehua: 神器 (shénqì)
John Reyna: literally meaning "god machine." As a slang expression, it means "very useful tool."
Dehua: 神器 (shénqì)
John Reyna: Listeners, please repeat.
Dehua: 神器 (shénqì)
John Reyna: Use this slang expression when you talk about a tool that is very useful.
John Reyna: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Dehua: 这个软件是拍照神器。 (Zhège ruǎnjiàn shì pāizhào shénqì.)
John Reyna: "This software is great at taking photos."
Dehua: 这个软件是拍照神器。 (Zhège ruǎnjiàn shì pāizhào shénqì.)
John Reyna: Okay, what's the last expression?
Dehua: 低头族 (dītóu zú)
John Reyna: Which literally means "head down clan." As a slang expression, it means "mobile phone addicts."
Dehua: 低头族 (dītóu zú)
John Reyna: Listeners, please repeat.
Dehua: 低头族 (dītóu zú)
John Reyna: Use this slang expression when you talk about people who are obsessed using their mobile phones.
John Reyna: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Dehua: 如今低头族越来越多了。 (Rújīn dītóu zú yuè lái yuè duōle.)
John Reyna: "Nowadays, there are more and more people who are addicted to mobile phones."
Dehua: 如今低头族越来越多了。 (Rújīn dītóu zú yuè lái yuè duōle.)
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: You wish to wake up everyday without an alarm.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Dehua: 睡到自然醒 (shuì dào zìrán xǐng)
John Reyna: "to wake up without an alarm"
John: You are feeling awful in the early morning.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Dehua: 起床气 (qǐchuáng qì)
John Reyna: "wake up on the wrong side of the bed"
John: You are on your phone all the time.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Dehua: 低头族 (dītóu zú)
John Reyna: "mobile phone addicts"
John: You’ve found a very useful tool.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Dehua: 神器 (shénqì)
John Reyna: "very useful tool"

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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