That’s why it’s SO important to learn colloquial language that real Chinese native speakers use every day!
Test your Chinese reading comprehension with this “Texting Story” video, between two Chinese native speakers: two high school guys (Li Ping and Sun Quan) that happen to be classmates as well! Check out their conversation, and the funny ending as well!
If you’re having trouble following along in the video, DON'T WORRY! The language in this texting exchange is a bit advanced, so be sure to check out our breakdown of the conversation below, complete with the Chinese characters, pinyin, and English, as well as a note about the text, and then give the video another try!
zhōu sì wǎn shang...
lǐ píng: gē men(r) nǐ hòu tiān yào gàn má
Li Ping: Bro, what are you doing the day after tomorrow?
sūn quán: zhōu yī yào kǎo shì le gū jì zhōu mò yào hǎo hāo(r) zhǔn bèi yí xia
Sun Quan: There’s a test on Monday, I expect I’ll need to prepare well for it on the weekend.
lǐ píng: én zhōu yī yào kǎo nǎ mén a wǒ zěn me bù zhī dào
Li Ping: Huh? What class is the test for on Monday? How did I not know!
sūn quán: yīng yǔ a
Sun Quan: English, duh!
lǐ píng: yīng yǔ míng tiān bú jiù shì zán men bān de yīng yǔ kǎo shì le ma
Li Ping: English? But isn’t the English test for our class tomorrow?
sūn quán: bú huì ba zhēn de jiǎ de
Sun Quan: No way! Really?
lǐ píng: zhēn de a
Li Ping: Really!
sūn quán: tiān a zhè zěn me bàn
Sun Quan: Oh my gosh, what do I do about this?
lǐ píng: nǐ gòu qiáng le
Li Ping: You’re strong enough./You’ve got this.
sūn quán: nà nǐ jué de wǒ bú yòng fù xí jiù néng kǎo de hǎo ma
Sun Quan: Then do you think I don’t need to review, and can do well on the test just like that?
lǐ píng: dǎ cuò le shì nǐ gòu qiàng le
Li Ping: That was a typo, it was ‘you're in trouble’/‘you don’t have this’.
sūn quán: hā ha shì de wǒ wán dàn le
Sun Quan: Haha, yeah, I’m done for.
Language Note: 够呛 (gòu qiàng) vs. 够强 (gòu qiáng)
Within the phrase 够强 (gòu qiáng), 够 (gòu) means “enough”, and 强 (qiáng) means “strong” or “powerful”. Together, this phrase means that someone is strong, or they can surely do something - kind of like “You got this!” in English
On the other hand, 够呛 (gòu qiàng) is a word that means “unlikely”, “unbearable”, or “terrible”, so if you use 够呛 (gòu qiàng) in reference to someone, it can mean that they’re either not a good person, or they’re not likely going to be able to do something. In the conversation, it’s a bit similar to “You don’t have this” or “You’re in trouble” in English.
So, be careful when you’re using these in conversations - don’t mix up 够强 (gòu qiáng) and 够呛 (gòu qiàng)!
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