||Posted: 2010-09-07 03:30:26
处处漂亮 (chùchù piàoliang) everywhere is beautiful.
a：你长得真漂亮。 nĭ zhăng dé zhēn piàoliang. you are so beautiful.
b：哪里哪里！ nălĭ nălĭ. you flatters me.
a：眉毛、眼睛、耳朵、鼻子、嘴处处都漂亮！ méimao, yănjing, ĕrduo, bízi, zuĭ chù chù dōu piàoliang! your eyebrows, your eyes…everywhere (on you) is beautiful.
in china, 哪里(nălĭ) is used not just for asking directions, but also as a way of being modest when someone offers you a compliment. the use of 哪里哪里(nălĭ nălĭ) here is a way of deflecting the compliment as if by saying, "where? i don't know what you're talking about." the punch line, then, comes from a's literal response to the question: "your eyebrows, your eyes…everywhere (on you) are beautiful."
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||Posted: 2010-09-08 04:06:33
Chinese humor: 早点 breakfast
nĭmen zhōngguó rén díquè shì yí gè qínfèn de mínzú.
卡尔: 你们中国人的确是一个勤奋的民族。 your chinese are really a diligent nation. nĭ zĕnme kàn chūlái de?
张力: 你怎么看出来的？ how do you know that? wŏ zài jiēshàng zŏu de shíhou, chángcháng kĕyĭ kàndào lùpáng de zhāopai xiĕ zhe "záo diăn" liǎnggè dà zì, tíxĭng shàngbān de rén búyào chídào.
卡尔: 我在街上走的时候，常常可以看到路旁的招牌写着 “早点” 两个大字，提醒上班的人不要迟到。 i can always see the two words "早点" on the signboard when walking on the street, which reminds people of not being late. analysis
早点(zăodiăn) in chinese has two meanings. one refers to breakfast and the other means coming early. but 早点(zăodiăn) in the joke means breakfast.
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