New Mandarin Chinese Lesson: Pop & Piracy #1

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We're excited to announce that 章琦玮 - Zhang Qiwei has just published "Pop & Piracy #1", a new Intermediate level Mandarin Chinese lesson, on Language Mentor! 

Lesson Script

Announcer:

Pop & Piracy, # 1
Liúxíngyīnyuè Hé Dàobǎn, Yī
流行音乐和盗版,一

A:

Xiaoyin, could you help me with something?
Xiǎoyīn, kěyǐ qǐng nǐ bāng wǒ diǎnr máng ma?
晓音,可以请你帮我点忙吗?

Xiaoyin:

Sure, what do you want to do?
Hǎode, nǐ yào zuò shénme?
好的,你要做什么?

A:

It's like this, ...
Shì zhèiyàng, ...
是这样,……

it seems to me that if I listen to more Chinese music it will improve my Chinese.
wǒ juédé duō tīng Zhōngwén gē huì tígāo Zhōngwén.
我觉得多听中文歌会提高中文。

Are there any online services that do this?
Yǒu méi yǒu xiāngguān de zàixiàn fúwù?
有没有相关的在线服务?
Note: Literally, "that are relevant to this".

Xiaoyin:

I think you can go to Douban and listen to Douban Radio.
Wǒ juédé nǐ kěyǐ qù Dòubàn tīng Dòubàn Diàntái.
我觉得你可以去豆瓣听豆瓣电台。

You can also go to Kugou to find songs.
Nǐ hái kěyǐ qù Kùgǒu zhǎo gē.
你还可以去酷狗找歌。

They provide this kind of service.
Tāmen tígòng zhèzhǒng fúwù.
他们提供这种服务。

A:

Great!
Tài bàng le!
太棒了!

Tell me a little about how to use it. Does it cost money?
Gēn wǒ shuōshuō zěnme yòng tā, yào huāqián ma?
跟我说说怎么用它,要花钱吗?

Xiaoyin:

Don't have to spend money - they're free.
Bùyòng huāqián. Tāmen shì miǎnfèi de.
不用花钱。他们是免费的。

A:

How does one use it?
Zěnme shǐyòng tā?
怎么使用它?

Xiaoyin:

Through Kugou ...
Tōngguò Kùgǒu ...
通过酷狗……

can get introduced to the newest Chinese popular music.
néng dédào zuìxīn Zhōngwén liúxíngyuè de jièshào.
能得到最新中文流行乐的介绍。

Also, you can download some music.
Ěrqiě, nǐ háinéng xiàzǎi dào yīxiē yīnyuè.
而且,你还能下载到一些音乐。

It is a kind of a person-to-person software application.
Tā shì zhǒng yīduìyī de yìngyòng ruǎnjiàn.
它是种一对一的应用软件。

A:

You're saying it's a kind of file exchange service?
Nǐ shì shuō tā shì zhǒng wénjiàn jiāohuàn fúwù?
你是说它是种文件交换服务?

In other words, ...
Yě jiùshì shuō, ...
也就是说,……

the files are obtained from other users, right?
wénjiàn shì cóng qítā yònghù nàlǐ dédào de, duì ma?
文件是从其他用户那里得到的,对吗?
Note: Literally ... files ~ are ~ from ~ other ~ user ~ there ~ obtained ~ right?

Xiaoyin:

You can from other users...
Nǐ huì cóng qítā yònghù nàlǐ ...
你会从其它用户那里……

get the music that - want to download.
dédào xiǎng xiàzǎi de yīnyuè.
得到想下载的音乐。

A:

Oh, interesting.
Ò, yǒu yìsi.
噢,有意思。

I have the impression that, ...
Wǒ yìnxiàng lǐ ...
我印象里……

in general, people in China don't pay much attention to copyrights.
yībān qíngkuáng xià Zhōngguórén bùshì hěn zàiyì bǎnquán.
一般情况下中国人不是很在意版权。

In fact, the copyright piracy problem is more rampant than in America.
Shìshíshàng bǎnquán dàobǎn de wèntí bǐ Měiguó chāngjué.
事实上版权盗版的问题比美国猖獗。
Note: Literally... in fact ~ copyright ~ piracy ~ de ~ problem ~ compare ~ America ~ rampant

I'm really interested in this issue.
Wǒ duì zhègè wèntí hěn gǎn xìngqù.
我对这个问题很感兴趣。

Could you tell me ...
Nǐ néng gàosù wǒ ...
你能告诉我……

your point of view on this issue?
nǐ zěnme kàndài zhègè wèntí de?
你怎么看待这个问题的?


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