Iron Chicken knows which way the winds are blowing. It knows how much that shirt sells for at the Chegongzhuang Discount Market, and it isn't afraid of telling you straight out. So don't try to pull one over the Iron Chicken. It will not pity you. It will stick fast to its ideals of fairness, justice and affordable cotton casual-wear. And if you still insist on your ridiculous markup, it will walk away. Because the Iron Chicken does not need you. It does not need anyone.

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 said on
February 5, 2013
I think you mean 官园批发市场 :) @trevelyan

--Echo

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 said on
February 6, 2013
"Echo: 那么大的付费按钮没看见啊?眼瞎了吧你?我见够 了这帮铁公鸡了"

这里"帮"是量词吗?
 said on
February 6, 2013
@ckristiansen,

对,意思是group,一般是有点儿不太好的不太尊敬的意思,比如这儿有一帮流浪汉。

--Echo

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 said on
September 18, 2013
What would people from Taiwan say instead of 一樣兒?
 said on
February 28, 2014
In 这帮铁公鸡了, is 帮 a 量词?
 said on
February 28, 2014
@oyamakuma,

是的。“帮” is a casual way to say "a group of ". "群"and"帮"are interchangeable when they are used as 量词。

i.e.这帮铁公鸡= 这群铁公鸡

这帮人真无聊= 这群人真无聊

 said on
March 2, 2014
@oyamakuma,

Just one thing to be careful: when you use 帮 as a measure word, it can imply a negative feeling towards the object after 帮. It usually indicates that you disagree or dislike the object. 群 doesn't have this meaning, so sometimes they can not be interchangeable. For example: 一群鸟从远处飞了过来 (A bunch of birds flew over from afar). Here is not suitable to use 帮, because 鸟 in this sentence doesn't have a negative meaning.

 said on
July 5, 2015
天下没有免费的午餐 -

Unless you are a Foreigner living out here in rural China, then every lunch is free because people won't leave you alone.
 said on
September 14, 2015
Are the expressions at the end of the lesson in the transcript? (铁公鸡,纸老虎 and 旱鸭子)

Thanks and 谢谢

Uli
 said on
April 9, 2019
several times David says what sounds like 小语 to express what in English would be `idiomatic expression'. Can anyone tell me exactly what this word is that he is using?
 said on
April 14, 2019
口语 would be colloquial Chinese. Is that it?
 said on
April 17, 2019
Definitely not saying 口语, clearly sounds like `xiao yu' but that i don't understand. I don't know what the hanzi would be.

Listen at 9:39- 9:40 on the lesson audio.
 said on
April 17, 2019
9:39 "... our top 3 xiao yu, or Sylvia did'.....

xiao yu 啥意思?
 said on
April 17, 2019
In English there are distinctions like:

proverbs

idioms

slang

成语 are like what we would call proverbs.

俚语 apparently is what in English we cal `slang', though I don't know if this usage is current.

But I'm trying to figure out the best way to express the idea of `idiom'.
 said on
April 17, 2019
8:53 大卫说 ·xia hou yu' ? 啥?
 said on
April 19, 2019
ah, it's -- 歇后语 - xie1 hou4 yu3 -an idiomatic expression (usually but always in two parts) that isn't really a formal chengyu.