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咱们结婚吧 Zánmen jiéhūn ba

Scene One

The two main characters are Yángtáo (杨桃) and Guǒrán (果然). The first episode starts out with their mothers being interviewed, at separate locations, by professional matchmaking serivices. Yangtao’s mother is Xuē Sùméi (薛素梅) and she appears first. Guoran’s mother is Féng Lánzhī (冯兰芝). The basic plot of this story is based on a wide spread phonomenon in China, where young working professionals, in their 30’s, seldom have opportunities to meet potential life partners due the the pressure of thier work.

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Dialog

ActorsChinesePinyinEnglish
薛素梅 杨桃。杨呢,就是杨花的杨。 Yángtáo. Yáng ne, jiùshì yáng huā de yáng. Yang Tao. Yang, as in Yanghua (poplar blossoms).
薛素梅 桃呢,就是桃花的桃。 Táo ne, jiùshì táohuā de táo. Tao, as in Taohua (peach blossoms).
薛素梅 职业是四星级酒店大堂经理。 Zhíyè shì sì xīng jí jiǔdiàn dàtáng jīnglǐ. She works at a four-star hotel as a lobby manager.
薛素梅 年龄是,写三十吧。 Niánlíng shì, xiě sānshí ba. Her age is … just put 30.
职员 我们这儿会员注册必须是真实年龄的。不能虚报 Wǒmen zhè’er huìyuán zhùcè bìxū shì zhēnshí niánlíng de. Bùnéng xūbào. All members must register with their actual age. Don’t lie.
薛素梅 三十二 Sānshí’èr Thirty-two
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冯兰芝 果然,水果的果,突然的然。 Guǒrán, shuǐguǒ de guǒ, tūrán de rán. Guo ran. Guo as in Shuiguo(fruit). Ran as in Turan(suddenly).
冯兰芝 果然名不虚传的果然。 Guǒrán míngbùxūchuán de guǒrán. Guoran, as in someone who really deserves his reputation.
冯兰芝 我们家果然哪,在民政局工作,婚姻登记处登记员。 Wǒmen jiā Guǒrán nà, zài mínzhèng jú gōngzuò, hūnyīn dēngjì chù dēngjì yuán. Our Guoran is a clerk at the Registry of Marriages under the Bureau of Civil Affairs
职员 他今年多大啦? Tā jīnnián duōdà la? How old is he?
冯兰芝 三十五岁 Sānshíwǔ suì Thirty-five.
职员 您来这儿,您女儿知道吗? Nín lái zhè’er, nín nǚ’ér zhīdào ma? Does your daughter know you come to us?
薛素梅 不知道 Bù zhīdào No.
职员 那他自己能同意吗 Nà tā zìjǐ néng tóngyì ma Will she agree?
冯兰芝 他怎么不同意啊 Tā zěnme bù tóngyì a How can he not agree?
薛素梅 她愿不愿意我说了算 Tā yuàn bú yuànyì wǒ shuōle suàn Whether she agrees is up to me.

Vocabulary

ChinesePinyinEnglish
就是jiù shìprecisely; exactly;
táopeach
桃花táo huāpeach blossom
职业zhí yèprofession; job; occupation
四星级sì xīng jí4 star
酒店jiǔ diànhotel
大堂dà tánglobby
经理jīng lǐmanager
年龄nián língperson’s age
xiěto write
会员huì yuánmember
注册zhù cèto register; to enroll
必须bì xūmust; compulsory;
真实zhēn shítrue; real
虚报xū bàoto misreport; fraudulent report
水果shuǐ guǒfruit
突然tū ránsudden; abrupt; unexpected
名不虚传míng bù xū chuán enjoys a well-deserved reputation
工作gōng zuòjob
婚姻hūn yīnwedding;marriage
登记处dēng jì chùregistration area
登记员dēng jì yuánregistrar
同意tóng yìto agree; to consent; to approve
说了算shuō le suànto have the final say; to be the one in charge
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