Life is full of ups and downs and some people believe that for every piece of good news there is some bad or not so good news coming your way. However, often the bad news is not so serious and can easily be overcome—leaving you to focus on the good news such as passing an exam or gaining entry to a university course; in which case any disappointment or bad news is quickly forgotten!.
In this Podcast, you will learn:
1) How to tell somebody else your good news
2) To discuss some bad news you may hear and suggest how to overcome it
Friends are talking about their studies:
(Zài xiào yuán)
(at the campus)
A: Gào sù nǐ yī gè hǎo xiāo xi. Wǒ bèi Xiāng Gǎng Dà Xué de wén huà yán jiū shuò shì xiàng mù lù qǔ le.
Let me tell you some good news. I have been admitted to the Master’s programme for Cultural Studies at the University of Hong Kong.
B: Tài bàng le! Gōng xǐ gōng xǐ a! Nǐ de nǔ lì zhēn shi méi yǒu bái fèi! Wǒ shēn qǐng le Měi Guó de sān suǒ xué xiào, dōu hái méi xiāo xī ne! Gū jì méi xì le ba.
Great! Congratulations! Your efforts have not been wasted! I applied for three universities in the United States, but still no results. Seems to be hopeless.
A: Bié huī xīn a. Nǐ zhè me yōu xiù, hěn kuài jiù huì yǒu hǎo xiāo xi de!
Don’t be discouraged. You are such an excellent student, and I’m sure there will be good news soon!
Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:
香港大学：the University of Hong Kong
你的努力真是没有白费：your efforts have not been wasted, you deserve it
消息：news, information (here refers to the results of application)
估计：estimate, it seems that
灰心：lose heart, discouraged
这么：refers to the degree, very
When you want to congratulate your friends on their success and express the opinion that they deserve it through hard work, you can say ‘你的努力真是没有白费’.
‘这么’ is a very common expression in Chinese to describe a degree. E.g.
Nǐ zhè me nǔ lì, yī dìng néng chéng gōng de.
You are such a hard worker/ you work that hard, you will achieve success.
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