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If you're sick of listening to overly happy and simple Chinese topics and want some more serious stuff, you've come to the right place. I will discuss almost any topic and try to focus on both the negative and positive aspects. Always make sure to check the grammar notes and vocab list in the description before listening. Topic Suggestions are always welcome at jackwyldeck@qq.com

Serious Chinese Conversation 中文不轻松 Jack

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If you're sick of listening to overly happy and simple Chinese topics and want some more serious stuff, you've come to the right place. I will discuss almost any topic and try to focus on both the negative and positive aspects. Always make sure to check the grammar notes and vocab list in the description before listening. Topic Suggestions are always welcome at jackwyldeck@qq.com

    Terrorism 恐怖主义

    Terrorism 恐怖主义

    恐怖分子 terrorist kǒngbùfènzǐ
    恐怖主义 terrorism kǒngbùzhǔyì
    现象 phenomenon xiànxiàng
    世界 world shìjiè
    厉害 very bad; amazing lìhai
    首先 first shǒuxiān (different to 第一), often followed by 其次或者然后
    大型 large-scale dàxíng
    小型 small-scale xiǎoxíng
    事件 incident shìjiàn
    九幺幺 9/11 jiǔyāoyāo (it is never referred to as 九一一 or 9月11号)
    纽约 New York niúyuē
    世贸中心 The World Trade Centre shìmàozhōngxīn
    袭击 surprise attack xíjī
    教科书 textbook jiàokēshū
    频繁 frequent pínfán
    记载 to record; a record (of something) jìzǎi
    涉及 touch upon shèjí
    谈论 debate; discuss tánlùn
    全球 whole world quánqiú
    范围 scope fànwéi
    重大 major; significant zhòngdà
    中东 The Middle East  zhōngdōng
    石油 oil shíyóu
    胡乱 messy (of clothes and society); reckless húluàn
    管理 to deal with guǎnlǐ
    严格 strict yángé (the 格 is often omitted)
    缺乏 lack quēfá
    不能够 unable to bùnénggòu
    携带 carry; take with you xiédài 
    枪支 firearms qiāngzhī
    合法 legal héfǎ
    居民 resident jūmín
    权利 right (eg. human right) quánlì
    民主 democracy mínzhǔ
    民主转正 democratic reform (China's form of democracy so to speak) mínzhǔzhuǎnzhèng
    自由 freedom zìyóu
    崇尚 uphold; advocate chóngxiàng
    崇拜 worship; adore chóngbài
    自由女神像 Statue of Liberty zìyóunǚshénxiàng
    人权 Human Rights rénquán
    掌握 know well; to master zhǎngwò
    砍掉 chop off kǎndiào
    比喻 analogy bǐyù
    抢劫 rob qiǎngjié
    穆斯林 Muslim mùsīlín
    从事 to engage in cóngshì
    有组织的 organised yǒuzǔzhīde
    有规划的 planning (adj) yǒuguīhuàde
    犹太教 Judaism yóutàijiào
    犹太人 Jew yóutàirén
    宗教 religion zōngjiào
    教堂 Church jiàotáng
    预言家 prophet yùyánjiā
    耶稣 Jesus yēsū
    穆罕默德 Mohammed mùhǎnmòdé
    画画 draw/ paint a picture (i should have said 画 which just means draw/ paint) huàhuà
    教授 professor jiàoshòu
    鼓励 encourage gǔlì
    动机 motivation; motive dòngjī
    平等 equal; equality píngděng
    尊重 respect zūnzhòng
    企图 attempt (to do something bad) qǐtú
    起因 cause; originate in; be caused by qǐyīn
    二战 Second World War èrzhàn
    进行 conduct; carry out jìnxíng
    赶尽杀绝 wipe out jǐnjǐnshājué
    种族灭绝 genocide zhǒngzúmièjué 
    残忍 cruel; brutal cánrěn
    反抗 to resist fǎnkàng
    穷 poor (of money) qióng
    生存 subsist; exist shēngcún
    可能性 probability kěnéngxìng
    偷 steal tōu
    抢 rob qiǎng
    伤害 hurt; to injure; to harm shānghài
    证明 proof; prove zhèngmíng
    在乎 care about zàihu
    震惊 shock/ed zhènjīng
    撞向(某地方) crash into... zhuàngxiàng
    流量 flow liúliàng
    造成 cause zàochéng
    生命 life shēngmìng
    之类的 ...type of thing zhīleìde
    恐慌 panic kǒnghuāng
    反应 react; reaction fǎnyìng
    时代 era shídài
    联合国 United Nations liánhéguó
    立马 immediately lìmǎ
    作出反应 respond zuòchūfǎnyìng
    倡导 intitiate; propose chàngdǎo
    和平 peace/ful hépíng
    派出 send out (a person) pàichū
    维和部队 peace-keeping force wéihébùduì
    新疆 Xinjiang (Muslim area in Northwest China) xīnjiāng

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    My nanny for zuo4yue4zi5 我叫的月嫂

    My nanny for zuo4yue4zi5 我叫的月嫂

    here's a quick interview I did with my nanny who cried during the interview. she talks about her background and experience with fifteen my customers. she unfortunately got interrupted by my wife

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    Lazy eyes and skydives 斗鸡眼和跳伞

    Lazy eyes and skydives 斗鸡眼和跳伞

    斗鸡眼 dòujīyǎn  lazy eye

    进入 jìnrù  enter

    主题 zhǔtí  subject

    小朋友 xiǎopéngyou  child 

    身边 shēnbiān  one's side eg. I want you by my side

    理论 lǐlùn  theory

    基因 jīyīn  gene

    自来水 zìláishuǐ  tap water

    重金属 zhòngjīnshǔ  heavy metal (not the music)

    幸运 xìngyùn  lucky

    文章 wénzhāng  essay/article

    体质 tǐzhì  constitution i.e. of the body

    烧开 shāokāi  to boil

    直接+(verb) zhíjiē  directly do something i.e. without waiting or going through other steps

    矿泉水 kuàngquánshuǐ  mineral water

    哇哈哈 wāhāhā  a famous brand of mineral water in China

    农夫山泉 nóngfūshānquán  the most famous brand of mineral water in China 

    矿物质 kuàngwùzhì  dietary mineral

    不会吧  búhuìba  no way!

    影响 yǐngxiǎng  effect

    空气 kōngqì  air

    污染 wūrǎn  pollution

    农村 nóngcūn  village

    差 chà  bad

    呼吸 hūxī  breathe

    过敏 guòmǐn  allergic

    对(noun)有好处 duì(míngcí)yǒuhǎochu  to benefit something

    就算。。。还 jiùsuàn...hái  even though...(something) is still...

    细菌 xìjūn  bacteria

    积累 jīlěi  accumulate

    导致 dǎozhì  lead to/cause (bad thing) eg. 导致睡眠 cause insomnia

    跳伞 tiàosǎn  skydive

    详细 xiángxì  detailed

    采访 cǎifǎng  to interview

    要(verb)什么就(verb)什么 yào(dòngcí)shénme jiù(dòngcí)shénme  Do whatever you want 

    eg. "I'll eat whatever I want" 我想吃什么就吃什么

    悉尼 xīní  Sydney

    卧龙岗 wòlónggǎng  Wollonggong (place close to Sydney)

    预定 yùdìng  to book; to reserve

    报名 bàomíng  to sign up

    大概(time/numeral with noun)。。。的样子 (shíjiān/shùzì jiā míngcí)...deyàngzi  about  eg. about 7pm 大概7点的样子; about 1 kuai 大概1块钱的样子

    摄影师 shèyǐngshī photographer/filmer

    教练 jiàoliàn  trainer

    图案 tú'àn  pattern

    相机 xiàngjī  camera

    胳膊 gébo /手臂 shǒubì  arm/s

    训练 xùnliàn  to train

    姿势 zīshì  posture

    肩膀 jiānbang  shoulder/s

    手势 shǒushì  hang gesture

    高空 gāokōng  high altitude

    心脏 xīnzàng  heart (organ)

    降落 jiàngluò  to land

    撞伤 zhuàngshāng  hurt from bumping into something

    地面 dìmiàn  Earth's surface; ground

    把腿伸直 bǎ tuǐ shēnzhí  stretch out one's legs

    气氛 qìfēn  atmosphere (i.e. of feeling/vibes)

    平静 píngjìng  calm and still

    冷静 lěngjìng  calm

    轮到你了 lúndào nǐ le  it's your turn

    动作 dòngzuò  movement

    指甲 zhǐjia  nail

    形状 xíngzhuàng  shape

    自豪 zìháo  proud

    为(he/she/it/name etc.)自豪 wèi(dàicí)zìháo  to be proud of somebody

    胆子 dǎnzi  level of courage

    单纯 dānchún  simple eg. of a person

    体验 tǐyàn  to experience

    反应 fǎnyìng  reaction

    节约+(noun) jiéyuē+(míngcí)  use non wastefully

    因素 yīnsù  factor

    蹦极 bèngjí  bungee jump

    潜水 qiánshuǐ  scuba dive

    癫痫 diānxián  epilepsy

    发作 fāzuò  seizure

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    Serial killers 连环杀手

    Serial killers 连环杀手

    连环杀手 liánhuánshāshǒu   serial killer

    小丑 xiǎochǒu  clown

    叫做 jiàozuò   be called; be known as 

    约翰 yuēhàn 韦恩 wéiēn 盖西 gàixī   John Wayne Gacy

    泰德 tàidé 邦迪 bāngdí  Ted Bundy

    这么 (verb) zhème  Verb like this eg. don't do this 别这么做 Don't say 别做这个!

    强奸 qiángjiān   rape

    算 suàn  count as

    童年 tóngnián  childhood

    欺负 qīfu  to bully

    折磨 zhémo  torture

    弄痛 nòngtòng  to hurt someone/something

    暴力 bàolì  violent; violence

    黄片 huángpiàn  porn

    纪录片 jìlùpiàn  documentary

    挖 wā  dig

    竹子 zhúzi  bamboo

    类似于 lèisìyú  similar to; to be of a similar kind

    木头 mùtou  wood

    树叶 shùyè  leaf

    掉到 diàodào  fall into...

    越狱 yuèyù  escape prison

    跨过 kuàguò  go cross; to cross

    逃走 táozǒu  escape

    滚 gǔn  get lost!; roll

    司机 sījī  driver

    劫持 jiéchí  hijack  eg. plane or car

    逃跑 táopǎo  to flee

    棒子 bàngzi  stick

    批评 pīpíng  criticize

    懦弱 nuòruò (she says nuòluò because many southern chinese pronounce the 'r' as 'l')  cowardly

    同性恋 tóngxìngliàn  a homosexual

    之间 zhījiān  between ;among

    青少年 qīngshàonián  youth; teenager

    尸体 shītǐ  corpse

    地下室 dìxiàshì  basement

    抓到 zhuādào  catch (of a thief or fish)

    注射剂 zhùshèjì  injection

    打针死的 dǎzhēnsǐde  die from an injection

    脑子 nǎozi  brain

    证明 zhèngmíng  prove; proof

    精神 jīngshén  mental state

    疾病 jíbìng  disease

    治疗 zhìliáo  cure; treatment

    死刑 sǐxíng  death penalty

    社会 shèhuì  society

    付税 fùshuì  pay tax

    承担 chéngdān  bear; undertake

    供养 gōngyǎng  support eg. monetarily

    受欢迎 shòuhuānyíng  be popular (literally to receive welcome)

    隐秘的角落 yǐnmìdejiǎoluò concealed corner (book and TV drama)

    丈母娘 zhàngmuniáng  Wife's mother

    待见 dàijian  to like; to be fond of

    推下 tuīxià  push down

    记录 jìlù  record

    白血病 báixuèbìng  leukemia

    勒索敲诈/敲诈勒索 qiāozhàlèsuǒ  to blackmail

    威胁 wēixié  threaten

    报警 bàojǐng  call the police

    录像 lùxiàng  a recording; video

    反正 fǎnzhèng  in any case...

    违法 wéifǎ  break the law

    监狱 jiānyù  prison

    罚款 fákuǎn  to fine

    少管所 shàoguǎnsuǒ  Juvenile detention centre

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    Mum's true ghost story 妈真鬼故事

    Mum's true ghost story 妈真鬼故事

    婆婆 husband's mother pópo

    亲自 in person qīnzì

    深刻 deep; profound shēnkè

    村 village cūn

    看望 pay a visit kànwang

    单词 word dāncí

    重新 repeat chóngxīn

    古老 ancient gǔlǎo

    走廊 hallway zǒuláng

    鬼 ghost guǐ

    森林 forest sēnlín

    恐怖 scary kǒngbù

    度假 go on vacation dùjià

    假期 vacation jiàqī

    醒 awake; wake up xǐng

    呼吸 breath; breathe hūxī

    描述 describe miáoshù

    开灯 turn on lights kāidēng

    刚开始 at the beginning gāngkāishǐ

    消失 disappear xiāoshī

    响 make a sound xiǎng; noisy 越来越响 louder and louder 

    喊 shout hǎn

    走开 go away zǒukāi

    凶 mean xiōng

    声音 sound shēngyīn

    叫醒 wake someone up by shouting jiàoxǐng

    到底 after all dàodǐ (used for emphasis, often in questions) eg. "so what happened in the end?" 到底发生什么?

    猜 guess cāi

    灵魂 spirit línghún

    迷信 superstitious; superstition míxìn

    • 7 min
    The Cube Personality Quiz 正方体性格测验

    The Cube Personality Quiz 正方体性格测验

    表示 express; indicate; show   biǎoshì

    想象 imagine  xiǎngxiàng

    沙漠 desert  shāmò

    正方体 cube  zhèngfāngtǐ

    用。。。做的 made of...  yòng...zuòde

    水晶 crystal  shuǐjīng

    身高 stature  shēngāo

    腰 waist yāo 

    高度 height  gāodù

    宽 wide; width  kuān

    手臂 arm  shǒubì

    透明 transparent tòumíng

    梯子 ladder tīzi

    靠 lean on; rely on kào

    木头 wood mùtou

    台阶 step; stair táijiē

    一匹马 a horse yìpǐmǎ  匹 pǐ measure word for horses

    随着 as...; along with  suízhe

    地平线 horizon  dìpíngxiàn

    风暴 storm  fēngbào

    静止 still  jìngzhǐ

    朝 face (of direction) cháo cháoběifāng face north

    结果 result jiéguǒ

    性格 trait xìnggé

    分析 analyse; analysis  fēnxī

    效果 result; effect xiàoguǒ

    自信 confidence; ego  zìxìn

    个性 personality  gèxìng

    骄傲 arrogant  jiāoào

    强 strong qiáng

    打破 to break dǎpò

    得罪 to offend  dézuì

    想起 (她没有说“想其他) to think of xiǎngqǐ

    结实 durable jiēshi

    彼此 each other bǐcǐ (used before the verb eg. 彼此喜欢)

    大小 size  dàxiǎo

    往(方向)走 go in a certain direction wǎng(fāngxiàng)zǒu eg. 往前走 (go straight)

    讲究 to be particular about jiǎngjiu

    颜值 the score of attractiveness yánzhí

    形容 describe xíngróng

    俞熙(我们的宝宝的名字) yúxī

    缓解 alleviate huǎnjiě

    赶紧 hurriedly  gǎnjǐn

    我都不知道  都 can be used to mean even

    性格测试 personality quiz xìnggécèyàn

    准确 accurate zhǔnquè

    流利 fluent liúlì

    单词 word (typically used of non-chinese words) dāncí

    至少 at least zhìshǎo

    等不及 can't wait děngbùjí

    听众 audience tīngzhòng

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