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#35 Learn Chinese idioms with Hip-hop Man MC Jin 跟着嘻哈侠欧阳靖学成语

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大家好,欢迎回来MaoMi Chinese!

最近我在看一个电视节目,叫《披荆斩棘的哥哥》,英文名叫Call Me by Fire。在这个节目里,有33个男歌手和男演员,一起挑战各种各样的表演。一位我挺喜欢的说唱歌手,Rapper,欧阳靖MC Jin也来参加了节目。

欧阳靖是美国出生的华人,他会说广东话和英语,他也在学普通话。他说Freestyle非常厉害。2002年,他曾经在美国的一个音乐节目,连续7个星期拿到了Freestyle的冠军。我们可以一起来听一听他的rap,这段rap他用了英语,广东话和普通话。

(MC Jin’s Rap)

这一次来中国参加节目,欧阳靖带了一本书。什么书呢?一本中国成语词典。成语,意思是idioms。词典,意思是dictionary。中国的成语一般是四个字的,比如,人山人海,意思是人太多了。因为节目里有很多普通话说得很好的人,所以欧阳靖带了一本成语词典,来练习他的普通话。我们一起来听一听欧阳靖说了什么成语:

“甜言蜜语的话我就不说太多。我觉得我们一个人都不是格格不入。希望我们接下来可以继续一起赴汤蹈火,好不好?同甘共苦!”

欧阳靖太好玩了。短短的几句话,欧阳靖说了四个成语。

第一个:甜言蜜语。甜,就是sweet,蜜,就是honey。甜言蜜语,意思是很好听的话,听了让人很高兴,sweet words。欧阳靖有一个小小的错误,他说“甜言蜜语的话”,其实说“甜言蜜语”就可以了,因为“甜言蜜语”也是话。应该说“甜言蜜语我就不说太多”。我们还可以说,“谈恋爱的时候我们都喜欢听甜言蜜语”。

第二个,格格不入。这也是一个很常见的成语。格格不入,一个人,一个东西,和其他人,其他东西很不一样,很不合适。我们可以说“Sheldon他有点奇怪,没有朋友,在学校里格格不入”。

第三个,赴汤蹈火。汤,意思是很热的水,刚烧开的水。火,我们知道,意思是fire。赴汤蹈火,意思是我们可以跑过热水和大火。如果说一个人非常勇敢,对朋友也很好,我们可以说“为了帮助朋友,他可以赴汤蹈火”。

第四个,同甘共苦。甘,意思是甜,在这里的意思是开心的时候。苦,bitterness,在这里的意思是难过的时候。同甘共苦,意思是一些人一起分享开心和难过的时候。比如说,可以同甘共苦的人,才是真正的朋友。

欧阳靖不仅hip-hop,freestyle说得很好,他的成语也用得很好呢!这四个成语你学会了吗?

Hello everyone. Welcome back to MaoMi Chinese!

These days I have been watching a TV show called ‘Call Me by Fire’. In this show, there are 33 male singers and actors challenging all kinds of performances. A rapper I like, MC Jin, also came to the show.

MC Jin is American Born Chinese and he can speak Cantonese and English. He is also learning Mandarin. He can do really amazing freestyle. In an American music show in 2002, he got the champion of Freestyle non-stop for 7 weeks. Let’s listen to his rap, where he used English, Cantonese and Mandarin.

(MC Jin’s Rap)

This time coming to a TV show in China, MC Jin brought a book with him. What kind of book? A dictionary of Chinese idioms. 成语,means idioms. 词典,means dictionary. Chinese idioms are mostly in 4 characters, for example, people mountain people sea, which means there are too many people. There are lots of people in this show who can speak Mandarin very well, so MC Jin brought a dictionary of idioms to practise his Mandarin. Let’s listen to MC Jin and find out what idioms he has said:

“I don’t speak too many sweet words. I don't think any of us can fit in the group. I hope that in the future we can continue going through hot water and fire, is that okay? Let’s share our joy and sorrow!”

MC Jin is really funny. He said 4 idioms in a few sentences.

No.1, 甜言蜜语。甜, means sweet. 蜜,means honey. 甜言蜜语,means some words very nice which make people feel happy. Sweet words. MC Jin made a tiny mistake. He said ‘I don’t speak words of sweet words’. Actually only use 甜言蜜语 will be fine, because 甜言蜜语 is also ‘word’. We can also say, ‘In a relationship, we all like to listen to some sweet words’.

No.2 格格不入. This is also a very common idiom. 格格不入,means someone, or something, is very different from others and cannot fit in. We can say that he is a bit weird, he has no friends and cannot fit in the school.’

No.3 赴汤蹈火. 汤, means hot water, boiled water. 火, we know that it means fire. 赴汤蹈火,means that we can go through hot water and fire. If we would like to say someone is very brave and very nice to his/her friend, we can say that ‘He/she is ready to go through boiled water and fire to help his/her friends’.

No.4 同甘共苦. 甘,means sweet. In this context, it means happy moments. 苦,bitterness, and in this context it means sad moments. 同甘共苦,means a group of people can share their happy and sad moments. For example, only those who can share joy and sorrow are the true friends.

MC Jin is not only good at doing freestyle but also using Chinese idioms! Do you know these 4 idioms?

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