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Chinese Stories 2 - A Courageous Woman

Besides being pretty funny, this story includes a few words I had not previously encountered. 勇敢(yǒnggǎn) meaning brave, 赶 (gǎn) which means to hurry, I’m used to seeing 快 or 快一点 for quickly or hurriedly, and 拔 (Bá) which means to pull.

Also, I was pleased with myself for recognizing, without much thought, the usage of 地 to change surprised (惊讶) to surprisingly (惊讶地). This was one of those points that tripped me up early on.

I am still yet to fully understand 就 (jiù). I assume its use in this story is to convey the speaker’s sense of urgency, however I am not certain. Anyways enjoy!


一个女人和丈夫在休假期间去看牙医。 女人说:“我要拔牙,我们赶时间就不用打麻药了。” 牙医惊讶地说:“您太勇敢了,要拔哪颗?” 女人转过头对丈夫说:“亲爱的,给他看看你的牙。”

A Courageous Woman

A woman and her husband interrupted their vacation to go to the dentist. "I want a tooth pulled, and I don’t want Novocain because I’m in a big hurry,"the woman said. The dentist was quite impressed."You’re certainly a courageous woman,"he said."Which tooth is it?" The woman turned to her husband and said,"Show him your tooth dear"

September 23, 2018

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Really nice story! I am Chinese, so if you need help let me know lol

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