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INTRODUCTION
John Reyna: Chinese Slang Expressions for Talking
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 20. In this lesson, you'll learn chinese slang expressions for talking.
John Reyna: Are you a talkative person? Learn interesting expressions related to talking.
SLANG EXPRESSIONS
John Reyna: The expressions you'll be learning in this lesson are:
Dehua: 嘴硬 (zuǐyìng)
Dehua: 说...的坏话 (shuō...de huàihuà)
Dehua: 哪壶不开提哪壶 (nǎ hú bù kāi tí nǎ hú)
Dehua: 吹牛 (chuīniú)
John Reyna: Dehua, what's our first expression?
Dehua: 嘴硬 (zuǐyìng)
John Reyna: literally meaning "mouth hard." But when it's used as a slang expression, it means "stubborn."
Dehua: 嘴硬 (zuǐyìng)
John Reyna: Listeners, please repeat.
Dehua: 嘴硬 (zuǐyìng)
John Reyna: Use this slang expression when someone is being stubborn and refuses to give in or apologize.
John Reyna: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Dehua: 他的嘴特别硬,打死他都不肯认错。 (Tā de zuǐ tèbié yìng, dǎsǐ tā dōu bù kěn rèncuò.)
John Reyna: "He is so stubborn; he never admits that he’s wrong."
Dehua: 他的嘴特别硬,打死他都不肯认错。 (Tā de zuǐ tèbié yìng, dǎsǐ tā dōu bù kěn rèncuò.)
John Reyna: Okay, what's the next expression?
Dehua: 说...的坏话 (shuō...de huàihuà)
John Reyna: This literally means "say bad words." But when it's used as a slang expression, it means "badmouth somebody."
Dehua: 说...的坏话 (shuō...de huàihuà)
John Reyna: Listeners, please repeat.
Dehua: 说...的坏话 (shuō...de huàihuà)
John Reyna: Use this slang expression when someone is talking behind someone's back.
John Reyna: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Dehua: 我从来没说过任何人的坏话。 (Wǒ cónglái méi shuō guò rènhérén de huàihuà.)
John Reyna: "I’ve never said bad things about anyone."
Dehua: 我从来没说过任何人的坏话。 (Wǒ cónglái méi shuō guò rènhérén de huàihuà.)
John Reyna: Okay, what's our next expression?
Dehua: 哪壶不开提哪壶 (nǎ hú bù kāi tí nǎ hú)
John Reyna: literally meaning "taking a pot that is not the boiled one." As a slang expression, it means "to talk about an inappropriate topic."
Dehua: 哪壶不开提哪壶 (nǎ hú bù kāi tí nǎ hú)
John Reyna: Listeners, please repeat.
Dehua: 哪壶不开提哪壶 (nǎ hú bù kāi tí nǎ hú)
John Reyna: Use this slang expression when someone says something that should not be mentioned.
John Reyna: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Dehua: 你真是哪壶不开提哪壶。 (nǐ zhēnshì nǎ hú bù kāi tí nǎ hú. )
John Reyna: "You were talking about an inappropriate topic."
Dehua: 你真是哪壶不开提哪壶。 (nǐ zhēnshì nǎ hú bù kāi tí nǎ hú. )
John Reyna: Okay, what's the last expression?
Dehua: 吹牛 (chuīniú)
John Reyna: Which literally means "blow cow." As a slang expression, it means "to boast."
Dehua: 吹牛 (chuīniú)
John Reyna: Listeners, please repeat.
Dehua: 吹牛 (chuīniú)
John Reyna: Use this slang expression when someone is boasting or showing off.
John Reyna: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Dehua: 别把他的话当真,他在吹牛。 (Bié bǎ tā dehuà dàngzhēn, tā zài chuīniú.)
John Reyna: "Don't take his words seriously; he is bragging."
Dehua: 别把他的话当真,他在吹牛。 (Bié bǎ tā dehuà dàngzhēn, tā zài chuīniú.)
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 talk bad about someone behind his back.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Dehua: 说...的坏话 (shuō...de huàihuà)
John Reyna: "badmouth somebody"
John: Your husband doesn’t want to recognize that it’s his fault.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Dehua: 嘴硬 (zuǐyìng)
John Reyna: "stubborn"
John: Your brother is boasting about what a great time he had when he traveled abroad.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Dehua: 吹牛 (chuīniú)
John Reyna: "to boast"
John: You just mentioned a topic that people try to avoid.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Dehua: 哪壶不开提哪壶 (nǎ hú bù kāi tí nǎ hú)
John Reyna: "to talk about an inappropriate topic"

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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robert groulx
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thanks for the lesson


my favorite is 别把他的话当真,他在吹牛。


robert