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Lesson Script

 Bumping Into People

Zhuang4dao4 Ren2 Le
撞到人了

A:

Wow, really not polite.
Wa4, zhen1 mei2 li3mao4.
哇,真没礼貌。

B:

What's up?
Zen3me le?
怎么了?

A:

That person just bumped into me, ...
Na4ge4 ren2 gang1cai2 zhuang4dao4 wo3 le, ...
那个人刚才撞到我了,……

but he didn't even apologize - just walked.
dan4shi4 ta1 lian2 dui4bu4qi3 dou1 mei2you2 shuo1 jiu4 zou3le.
但是他连对不起都没有说就走了。

B:

Oh, like this ...
O, zhe4yang4 a, ...
噢,这样啊,……

this kind of situation - I also often encounter.
zhe4zhong3 qing2kuang4 wo3 ye3 chang2chang2 peng4dao4.
这种情况我也常常碰到。

A:

Really? Then you - not angry?
Zhen1de ma? Na4 ni3 bu4 sheng1qi4 ma?
真的吗?那你不生气吗?

B:

Ha ha, I'm used to it.
Haha, wo3 xi2guan4 le.
哈哈,我习惯了。

A:

Used to it?
Xi2guan4 le?
习惯了?

B:

Right, there are many Chinese people - have this kind of habit.
Dui4, you3 hen3duo1 Zhong1guo2ren2 you3 zhe4yang4 de xi2guan4.
对,有很多中国人有这样的习惯。

When I ride the subway - will frequently encounter this kind of thing.
Wo3 zuo4 di4tie3 de shi2hou chang2chang2 hui4 yu4dao4 zhe4yang4 de shi4qing.
我坐地铁的时候常常会遇到这样的事情。

They feel - to do like this - definitely isn't impolite.
Ta1men jue2de zhe4yang4 zuo4 bing4 bu2 shi4 bu4 li3mao4.
他们觉得这样做并不是不礼貌。

They believe - if isn't intentional bumping, ...
Ta1men ren4wei2 ru2guo3 bu2 shi4 gu4yi4 zhuang4dao4, ...
他们认为如果不是故意撞到,……

can - not say - apology.
ke3yi3 bu4 shuo1 dui4bu4qi3.
可以不说对不起。

Because they feel - counterpart should - also will - make allowances for.
Yin1wei4 ta1men jue2de dui4fang4 ying1gai1 ye3 hui4 ti3liang4.
因为他们觉得对方应该也会体谅。

Furthermore - because time - often very tight, ...
Er2qie3 yin1wei4 shi2jian1 chang2chang2 hen3 jin3, ...
而且因为时间常常很紧,……

They just - directly walk away.
Ta1men jiu4 zhi2jie1 zou3le.
他们就直接走了。

A:

Yes, it's like this.
En, shi4 zhe4yang4 a.
嗯,是这样啊。

Thinking - also is somewhat reasonable.
Xiang3xiang3 ye3 shi4 you3xie1 dao4li3 de.
想想也是有些道理的。

B:

He-he - still angry?
Hehe, hai2 zai4 sheng1qi4 ma?
呵呵,还在生气吗?

A:

It seems now - also not that angry.
Hao3xiang4 xian4zai4 ye3 mei2you3 na4me sheng1qi4 le.
好像现在也没有那么生气了。

In China - every place - people all will - like this?
Zai4 Zhong1guo2 ge4ge4 di4fang1 ren2men dou1 hui4 zhe4yang4 ma?
在中国各个地方人们都会这样吗?

B:

Oh, isn't like this.
O, bu2 shi4 zhe4yang4 de.
噢,不是这样的。

Only when very many people - plus everyone in a hurry - then will - like this.
Zhi3shi4 zai4 ren2 hen3duo1 er2qie3 da4jia1 you4 hen3 zhao1ji2 de shi2hou cai2 hui4 zhe4yang4.
只是在人很多而且大家又很着急的时候才会这样。

A:

Yes, then in suburbs, this kind of thing - should not occur often?
En, na4 zai4 jiao1qu4, zhe4 zhong3 shi4qing ying1gai bu4 chang2 fa1sheng1 ba?
嗯,那在郊区,这种事情应该不常发生吧?

B:

Yes, in suburbs - won't often encounter this kind of thing.
Shi4de, zai4 jiao1qu4, bu2hui4 chang2chang2 peng4dao4 zhe4zhong3 shi4qing de.
是的,在郊区,不会常常碰到这种事情的。


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