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INTRODUCTION
Eric: Must-Know Chinese Social Media Phrases Season 1. Lesson 22 - At a Birthday Party.
Eric: Hi everyone, I'm Eric.
Dehua: And I'm Dehua.
Eric: In this lesson, you'll learn how to post and leave comments in Chinese about birthday greetings. 静 (jìng) goes to her birthday party, posts an image of it, and leaves this comment:
Dehua: 天啊!感谢大家给我的惊喜! (tiān a !gǎn xiè dà jiā gěi wǒ de jīng xǐ ! )
Eric: Meaning - "Oh my god! Thank you all for throwing me a surprise party!" Listen to a reading of the post and the comments that follow.
DIALOGUE
(clicking sound)
静: 天啊!感谢大家给我的惊喜! (tiān a ! gǎn xiè dà jiā gěi wǒ de jīng xǐ ! )
(clicking sound)
若兰: 生日快乐! (shēng rì kuài lè ! )
新新: 好大的蛋糕! (hǎo dà de dàn gāo ! )
丽: 一定收到很多礼物。 (yī dìng shōu dào hěn duō lǐ wù 。 )
涛: 又长了一岁。 (yòu zhǎng le yī suì 。)
Eric: Listen again with the English translation.
(clicking sound)
静: 天啊!感谢大家给我的惊喜! (tiān a ! gǎn xiè dà jiā gěi wǒ de jīng xǐ ! )
Eric: "Oh, my god! Thank you all for throwing me a surprise party!"
(clicking sound)
若兰: 生日快乐! (shēng rì kuài lè ! )
Eric: "Happy Birthday!"
新新: 好大的蛋糕! (hǎo dà de dàn gāo ! )
Eric: "This cake is huge!"
丽: 一定收到很多礼物。 (yī dìng shōu dào hěn duō lǐ wù 。 )
Eric: "I bet you received a lot of presents."
涛: 又长了一岁。 (yòu zhǎng le yī suì 。)
Eric: "One year older."
POST
Eric: Listen again to 静 (jìng)'s post.
Dehua: 天啊!感谢大家给我的惊喜! (tiān a ! gǎn xiè dà jiā gěi wǒ de jīng xǐ ! )
Eric: "Oh, my god! Thank you all for throwing me a surprise party!"
Dehua: (SLOW) 天啊!感谢大家给我的惊喜! (tiān a ! gǎn xiè dà jiā gěi wǒ de jīng xǐ ! ) (Regular) 天啊!感谢大家给我的惊喜! (tiān a ! gǎn xiè dà jiā gěi wǒ de jīng xǐ ! )
Eric: Let's break this down. First is an expression meaning "Oh, my god."
Dehua: 天啊 (tiān a)
Eric: This word can be used when you’re really surprised. Listen again- "Oh, my god" is...
Dehua: (SLOW) 天啊 (tiān a) (REGULAR) 天啊 (tiān a)
Eric: Then comes the phrase - "thank you all for throwing me a surprise party."
Dehua: 感谢大家给我的惊喜 (gǎn xiè dà jiā gěi wǒ de jīng xǐ )
Eric: Chinese birthday traditions reflect the culture's deep-seated focus on longevity. Traditionally, Longevity noodles are consumed during birthday celebrations. Listen again- "thank you all for throwing me a surprise party" is...
Dehua: (SLOW) 感谢大家给我的惊喜 (gǎn xiè dà jiā gěi wǒ de jīng xǐ ) (REGULAR) 感谢大家给我的惊喜 (gǎn xiè dà jiā gěi wǒ de jīng xǐ )
Eric: All together, "Oh, my god! Thank you all for throwing me a surprise party!"
Dehua: 天啊!感谢大家给我的惊喜! (tiān a !gǎn xiè dà jiā gěi wǒ de jīng xǐ ! )
COMMENTS
Eric: In response, 静 (jìng)'s friends leave some comments.
Eric: Her neighbor, 若兰 (ruò lán), uses an expression meaning - "Happy Birthday!"
Dehua: (SLOW) 生日快乐! (shēng rì kuài lè ! ) (REGULAR) 生日快乐! (shēng rì kuài lè ! )
[Pause]
Dehua: 生日快乐! (shēng rì kuài lè ! )
Eric: Use this expression to show you are feeling warmhearted.
Eric: Her high school friend, 新新 (xīn xīn), uses an expression meaning - "This cake is huge!"
Dehua: (SLOW) 好大的蛋糕! (hǎo dà de dàn gāo ! ) (REGULAR) 好大的蛋糕! (hǎo dà de dàn gāo ! )
[Pause]
Dehua: 好大的蛋糕! (hǎo dà de dàn gāo ! )
Eric: Use this expression to be funny.
Eric: Her husband's high school friend, 丽 (lì), uses an expression meaning - "I bet you received a lot of presents."
Dehua: (SLOW) 一定收到很多礼物。 (yī dìng shōu dào hěn duō lǐ wù 。 ) (REGULAR) 一定收到很多礼物。 (yī dìng shōu dào hěn duō lǐ wù 。 )
[Pause]
Dehua: 一定收到很多礼物。 (yī dìng shōu dào hěn duō lǐ wù 。 )
Eric: Use this expression to show you are feeling optimistic.
Eric: Her college friend, 涛 (tāo), uses an expression meaning - "One year older."
Dehua: (SLOW) 又长了一岁。 (yòu zhǎng le yī suì 。) (REGULAR) 又长了一岁。 (yòu zhǎng le yī suì 。)
[Pause]
Dehua: 又长了一岁。 (yòu zhǎng le yī suì 。)
Eric: Use this expression to show you are feeling frivolous.

Outro

Eric: Okay, that's all for this lesson. If a friend posted something about birthday greetings, which phrase would you use? Leave us a comment letting us know. And we'll see you next time!
Dehua: 再见。 (zài jiàn)

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If a friend posted something about birthday greetings which phrase would you use?

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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 若兰


robert