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INTRODUCTION
John: Chinese Slang Expressions for Being Optimistic
John: Hi everyone, and welcome back to ChineseClass101.com. I'm John Reyna.
Dehua: And I'm Dehua!
John: This is Must-Know Chinese Slang Words and Phrases, Season 1, Lesson 22. In this lesson, you'll learn chinese slang expressions for being optimistic.
John: Life is full of possibilities. Learn these expressions and be positive towards life!
SLANG EXPRESSIONS
John: The expressions you'll be learning in this lesson are:
Dehua: 天无绝人之路 (tiān wú jué rén zhī lù)
Dehua: 前途无量 (qiántú wúliàng)
Dehua: 心想事成 (xīn xiǎng shì chéng)
Dehua: 船到桥头自然直 (chuán dào qiáotóu zìrán zhí)
John: Dehua, what's our first expression?
Dehua: 天无绝人之路 (tiān wú jué rén zhī lù)
John: literally meaning "days without a man's way." But when it's used as a slang expression, it means "There is always a way out.."
Dehua: 天无绝人之路 (tiān wú jué rén zhī lù)
John: Listeners, please repeat.
Dehua: 天无绝人之路 (tiān wú jué rén zhī lù)
John: Use this slang expression when when someone is having a hard time, but there must be a solution to conquer it.
John: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Dehua: 别担心,天无绝人之路。 (Bié dānxīn, tiān wú jué rén zhī lù.)
John: "Don’t worry, there's always a way out."
Dehua: 别担心,天无绝人之路。 (Bié dānxīn, tiān wú jué rén zhī lù.)
John: Okay, what's the next expression?
Dehua: 前途无量 (qiántú wúliàng)
John: This literally means "forward road no measure." But when it's used as a slang expression, it means "promising."
Dehua: 前途无量 (qiántú wúliàng)
John: Listeners, please repeat.
Dehua: 前途无量 (qiántú wúliàng)
John: Use this slang expression when you talk about someone or something has a very prosperous future.
John: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Dehua: 我相信这个年轻人一定会前途无量。 (Wǒ xiāngxìn zhège niánqīng rén yīdìng huì qiántú wúliàng.)
John: "I believe this young man will have a promising future."
Dehua: 我相信这个年轻人一定会前途无量。 (Wǒ xiāngxìn zhège niánqīng rén yīdìng huì qiántú wúliàng.)
John: Okay, what's our next expression?
Dehua: 心想事成 (xīn xiǎng shì chéng)
John: literally meaning "heart think things accomplished." As a slang expression, it means "wishes being fulfilled."
Dehua: 心想事成 (xīn xiǎng shì chéng)
John: Listeners, please repeat.
Dehua: 心想事成 (xīn xiǎng shì chéng)
John: Use this slang expression when you wish for someone to succeed in what they want to achieve.
John: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Dehua: 祝你心想事成。 (Zhù nǐ xīn xiǎng shì chéng.)
John: "Wish you all your dreams come true."
Dehua: 祝你心想事成。 (Zhù nǐ xīn xiǎng shì chéng.)
John: Okay, what's the last expression?
Dehua: 船到桥头自然直 (chuán dào qiáotóu zìrán zhí)
John: Which literally means "boat reach bridge end naturally straight." As a slang expression, it means "things will be fine."
Dehua: 船到桥头自然直 (chuán dào qiáotóu zìrán zhí)
John: Listeners, please repeat.
Dehua: 船到桥头自然直 (chuán dào qiáotóu zìrán zhí)
John: Use this slang expression when you want to say that things will be fine in time.
John: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Dehua: 现在做什么都没用,船到桥头自然直。 (Xiànzài zuò shénme dōu méi yòng, chuán dào qiáotóu zìrán zhí.)
John: "It's no use doing anything now; things will be fine when it's time."
Dehua: 现在做什么都没用,船到桥头自然直。 (Xiànzài zuò shénme dōu méi yòng, chuán dào qiáotóu zìrán zhí.)
QUIZ
John: 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 think a young person is going to have huge success in the future.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Dehua: 前途无量 (qiántú wúliàng)
John: "promising"
John: You try to comfort a friend who is very worried about failure.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Dehua: 天无绝人之路 (tiān wú jué rén zhī lù)
John: "There is always a way out."
John: You try to comfort a friend who doesn’t know how to solve a tough problem.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Dehua: 船到桥头自然直 (chuán dào qiáotóu zìrán zhí)
John: "things will be fine"
John: You wish for your friend to fulfill all his wishes.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Dehua: 心想事成 (xīn xiǎng shì chéng)
John: "wishes being fulfilled"

Outro

John: 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 船到桥头自然直


robert