New Mandarin Chinese Lesson: Pop & Piracy #4

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We're excited to announce that 章琦玮 - Zhang Qiwei has just published "Pop & Piracy #4", a new Intermediate level Mandarin Chinese lesson, on Language Mentor! 

Lesson Script

Announcer:

Pop & Piracy, #4
Liúxíngyīnyuè Hé Dàobǎn, Sì
流行音乐和盗版,四

A:

How much do you think that tickets for a May Day vocal concert cost?
Nǐ juédé Wǔyuètiān de yǎnchànghuì piàojià shì duōshǎo?
你觉得五月天的演唱会票价是多少?

Xiaoyin:

Hmmm ... I'll check and see ...
Ēn ... wǒ cháchá kàn ...
嗯……我查查看……

It seems, based on differences in seats ...
Hǎoxiàng gēnjù zuòwèi de bùtóng ...
好像根据座位的不同……

ticket prices vary from one hundred to eight hundred and fifty-five.
piàojià cóng yībǎi kuài dào bābǎi wǔshíwǔ bùděng.
票价从一百块到八百五十五不等。

A:

So, then it's between 15 and 125 dollars ...
Nà jiùshì shíwǔ dào yībǎièrshíwǔ měiyuán ...
那就是十五到一百二十五美元……

not inexpensive ...
bù piányì a ...
不便宜啊……

Xiaoyin:

How much are tickets for a concert by the Green Day band?
Lǜrì yuèduì de yīnyuèhuì de piàojià shì duōshǎo?
绿日乐队的音乐会的票价是多少?
Note: "yuèduì" = band

A:

I think a vocal concert in a major city ...
Wǒ xiǎng zài zhǔyào chéngshì de yīchǎng yǎnchànghuì ...
我想在主要城市的一场演唱会……

probably between 35 and 100 dollars.
dàgài sānshíwǔ dào yībǎi měiyuán.
大概三十五到一百美元。

Xiaoyin:

I feel the differences in ticket prices ...
Wǒ juédé piàojià de bùtóng, ...
我觉得票价的不同,……

are because those concerts ...
shì yīnwéi nàxiē yīnyuèhuì ...
是因为那些音乐会……

in China are always done very large, ...
zài Zhōngguó zǒngshì bàn dé hěn da, ...
在中国总是办得很大,……
Note: "bàn" = do, handle, manage, set up, run

but in America the size is comparatively smaller.
ér zài Měiguó guīmó zé bǐjiào xiǎo.
而在美国规模则比较小。
Note: "zé" indicates contrast - in this case the contrast between concerts in China and those in America.

They can hold their vocal concert in an arena.
Tāmen huì zài yùndòngcháng kāi yǎnchànghuì.
他们会在运动场开演唱会。
Note: Translations for "huì" include "can", "be possible", "be able to", "will", "be sure to", and - as is the case here - "be likely to".

Because of the 08 Olympic Games, ...
Yīnwéi língbā nián àoyùnhuì, ...
因为零八年奥运会,……

all major cities in China ...
Zhōngguó de měigè zhǔyào chéngshì ...
中国的每个主要城市……

all have Olympic centers ...
dōuyǒu àotǐ zhōngxīn, ...
都有奥体中心,……

they're all really large.
tāmen dōu fēicháng dà.
它们都非常大。

A:

Interesting ...
Yǒu yìsī ...
有意思……

in other words, you can spend comparatively less money ...
yě jiùshì shuō nǐmen kěyǐ huā bǐjiào shǎo de qián, ...
也就是说你们可以花比较少的钱,……

but maybe very far from the stage.
dànshì kěnéng huì lí wǔtái hěn yuǎn.
但是可能会离舞台很远。

In ordinary situations, common people ...
Yībān qíngkuàng xià, pǔtōngrén ...
一般情况下,普通人……

can afford vocal concert tickets?
néng fùdānqǐ yǎnchànghuì piàojià ma?
能负担起演唱会票价吗?

This is a small or large ...
Zhèshì xiǎode háishì dà de ...
这是小的还是大的……

or unaffordable expense?
háishì fùdān bùqǐ de kāizhī?
还是负担不起的开支?

Xiaoyin:

For this - I suggest - need to look at the situation.
Zhè yào kàn qíngkuàng ba.
这要看情况吧。

Middle school students, college students, ...
Zhōngxuéshēng, dàxuéshēng ...
中学生、大学生……

or those who don't have stable incomes, ...
huòzhě méiyǒu wěndìng shòurù de qúntǐ, ...
或者没有稳定收入的群体,……
Note: literally... or ~ not ~ stable ~ income ~ de ~ group

may feel that going to listen to a vocal concert is a not-small expense ...
huì juédé qù tīng yǎnchànghuì shì gè bùxiǎo de kāizhī, ...
会觉得去听演唱会是个不小的开支,……

sometimes also there is no need.
yǒushí yě méiyǒu bìyào.
有时也没有必要。

For those ...
Duìyú nèixie ...
对于那些……

as for people who have stable work in the city, ...
zài chénglǐ yǒu wěndìng gōngzuò de rén éryán, ...
在城里有稳定工作的人而言,……

as long as they aren't worried about cloths and food, ...
zhǐyào tāmén bù wèi yīshí fāchóu, ...
只要他们不为衣食发愁,……
Note: Literally... just need ~ they ~ not ~ on account of ~ cloths and food ~ worry

have spare money to go listen to a concert, ...
yǒu xiánqián qù tīng yīnyuèhuì, ...
有闲钱去听音乐会,……

then it's not a big expense ...
jiù bùshì gè dà kāizhī, ...
就不是个大开支,……

it's just whether or not they need it.
zhǐshì yǒu méiyǒu bìyào.
只是有没有必要。

But if rent and food expenses ...
Dànshì zài fángzū gēn shípǐn xiāofèi ...
但是在房租跟食品消费……

when they constitute a large portion of income, ...
zhàn le shōurù hěn dà yībùfèn shí, ...
占了收入很大一部分时,……
Note: "shí" = at a time when, in the case of

going to a vocal concert is unaffordable, ...
qù yǎnchànghuì shì fùdān bùqǐ de ...
去演唱会是负担不起的……
Note: "fùdān" = bear, burden

also is unnecessary.
yě shì méiyǒu bìyào de.
也是没有必要的。


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