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Hot to death

People love to complain about the weather, and Chinese are no exception. Here is a useful phrase for this time of year that is sure to get a smile. It’s humorous because of exaggeration, and endearing because it is slang, and not often taught in classes.

 

Dialog

PinyinHanziEnglish
Runner 1Jīntiān zěnme yàng?今天怎么样?How’s it going today?
Runner 2Rè sǐ le!热死了!Hot to death!

 

Vocabulary

HanziPinyinEnglish
今天jīntiāntoday
怎么样zěnme yànghow’s it going?
hot
death
le(change of state)

 

Grammar note: 了(le) indicates a change of state. In this case it indicates that it is more hot now than before.

Other variations on the theme of “sǐ le” include: “lèi sǐ le” (tired to death), and “máng sǐ le” (busy to death)

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