New Mandarin Chinese Lesson: Pop & Piracy #2

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We're excited to announce that 章琦玮 - Zhang Qiwei has just published "Pop & Piracy #2", a new Intermediate level Mandarin Chinese lesson, on Language Mentor! 

Lesson Script

Announcer:

Pop & Piracy, # 2
Liúxíngyīnyuè Hé Dàobǎn, Èr
流行音乐和盗版,二

Xiaoyin:

Actually ...
Shìshíshàng ...
事实上……

some part of the Chinese people already ...
yībùfèn Zhōngguórén yǐjīng ...
一部分中国人已经……

become aware of this problem.
yìshí dào zhègè wèntí le.
意识到这个问题了。

The government is starting to protect these artists' interests.
Zhèngfǔ kāishǐ bǎohù zhèxiē yìshùjiā de lìyì le.
政府开始保护这些艺术家的利益了。

But on the one hand, ...
Dànshì, yīfāngmiàn, ...
但是,一方面,……

we have a really big population - it's really difficult to control them.
wǒmén de rén kǒu hěnduō, hěn nán kòngzhì.
我们的人口很多,很难控制。

On the other hand this kind of music service ...
Lìngyī fāngmiàn, zhèzhǒng yīnyuè fúwù ...
另一方面,这种音乐服务……

helps some songs' popularity in China.
lìyú yīxiē gē zài Zhōngguó de liúxíng.
利于一些歌在中国的流行。
Note: literally... beneficial for ~ some ~ songs ~ in / at ~ China ~ de ~ popular / spread

A:

Then, how does the average person look at this issue?
Nà yībān rén shì zěnme kàn zhèigè wèntí de?
那一般人是怎么看这个问题的?

Is it their opinion that downloading music for free is okay?
Tāmén rènwéi miǎnfèi xiàzǎi yīnyuè shì kěyǐ de ma?
他们认为免费下载音乐是可以的吗?

My meaning is, ...
Wǒde yìsī shì, ...
我的意思是,……

even if the singer and the music company ...
jíshǐ gēshǒu gēn yīnyuè gōngsī ...
即使歌手跟音乐公司……

don't want this kind of thing to happen?
bù yuànyì zhèzhǒng shì fāshēng?
不愿意这种事发生?

I know some artist persons or musicians ...
Wǒ zhīdào yīxiē yìrén huòzhě yīnyuèjiā ...
我知道一些艺人或者音乐家……

can have free music.
huì yǒu miǎnfèi yīnyuè.
会有免费音乐。

But what I mean is ...
Dànshì wǒde yìsī shì ...
但是我的意思是……

if they aren't willing to do that ...
yàoshì tāmen bù yuànyì zhème zuò ...
要是他们不愿意这么做……

Xiaoyin:

Generally speaking, ...
Yībān qíngkuàng xià, ...
一般情况下,……

people much prefer free downloaded online music.
rénmén gèng xǐhuān miǎnfèi zàixiàn xiàzǎi yīnyuè.
人们更喜欢免费在线下载音乐。

A:

How do they view this?
Tāmén shì zěnme kàn zhèigè de?
他们是怎么看这个的?

Can you talk with me a bit about their thinking?
Nǐ néng gēn wǒ shuōshuō tāmén de xiǎngfǎ ma?
你能跟我说说他们的想法吗?

I think people don't do what ...
Wǒ xiǎng rénmén bù zuò nèixiē ...
我想人们不做那些……

in their opinion they feel is really a wrong thing ...
tāmén rènwéi juédé zhēnde cuòde shì ...
他们认为觉得真的错的事……

Xiaoyin:

They - from some search engines and friends - learn.
Tāmen cóng yīxiē sōusuǒ yǐnqǐng huòzhě cóng péngyǒu nàlǐ dézhī.
他们从一些搜索引擎或者从朋友那里得知。

They are not like you, ...
Tāmen bùxiàng nǐmen, ...
他们不像你们,……

clarity on the importance of intellectual property rights.
qīngchǔ zhīshí chǎnquán de zhòngyàoxìng.
清楚知识产权的重要性。
Note: Literally... clear ~ knowledge ~ product ~ right ~ de ~ important ~ nature/-ness

They just want to listen to music.
Tāmen zhǐshì xiǎng tīng yīnyuè.
他们只是想听音乐。

They really don't realize ...
Tāmen shènzhì xiǎngbùdào ...
他们甚至想不到……

this has any relationship with the law.
zhè gēn fǎlǜ yǒu shénme guānxì.
这跟法律有什么关系。

This just is, provided by the Internet ...
Zhè zhǐshì wǎngluò tígòng de ...
这只是网络提供的……

one among convenient resources.
biànjié zīyuán de qízhōng yīge.
便捷资源的其中一个。

A:

Really? I'm very perplexed.
Zhēnde ma? Wǒ hěn yíhuò.
真的吗?我很疑惑。

You're saying Chinese people generally don't know about copyrights?
Nǐ shì shuō Zhōngguórén yībān dōu bù zhīdào bǎnquán?
你是说中国人一般都不知道版权?

Xiaoyin:

I feel that to a certain extent ...
Wǒ juédé mǒuzhǒng chéngdùshàng ...
我觉得某种程度上……
Note: Literally... I ~ feel ~ certain kind ~ degree/extent ~ on

they know what a copyright is.
tāmen zhīdào shénme shi bǎnquán.
他们知道什么是版权。

For example, legal DVDs, CDs or books ...
Bǐrú, zhèngbǎn DVD, CD huòzhě shū ...
比如,正版DVD、CD或者书……

they have a copyright, are comparatively expensive, and are of good quality.
tāmen yǒu bǎnquán, bǐjiào guì, érqiě zhìliàng hǎo.
它们有版权,比较贵,而且质量好。

But they don't know ...
Dàn tāmen bù zhīdào ...
但他们不知道……

that very easy to download-from-internet music ...
nàxiē hěn róngyì jiù kěyǐ cóng wǎngshàng xiàzǎi dào de yīnyuè ...
那些很容易就可以从网上下载到的音乐……

also have copyrights.
yé yǒu bǎnquán.
也有版权。


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