Do you enjoy reading the news? What about Chinese news? Have you tried reading Chinese news in Chinese?
With such a large population, there are bound to be some interesting news articles. We read one the other day about a woman from 大庆 (Dàqìng) in 黑龙江 (Hēilóngjiāng) Province (the North-eastern tip of China,) who stole her husband’s car so that he would have to spend Chinese New Year with her parents.
What she didn’t expect was that he would call the police (before realising it was his wife’s doing!)
If you’re in trouble you’ll want to seek the help of the 警察 (jǐngchá,) the police, and if it’s really serious, you ought to learn the phrase:
救命！(jiù mìng!) help!
It loosely means “Help!” but the characters are 救 (jiù) and 命 (mìng,) which mean “save” and “life” respectively. So if your life needs saving, don’t yell out some English that (nearly) nobody in China will understand … get saved and practise some Chinese instead!
If somebody steals something, start yelling:
… and hopefully somebody will catch the 小偷 before they get away!
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