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北漂 Drift in Beijing

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北漂 Drift in Beijing
Elementary Lesson
Key Point
  • Structure “A + 没有 + B + adjective”
  • chénzhèng, wǒyào huí lǎojiā le.

    A: 陈正,    我要   回 老家 了。

    Chen Zheng, I want to return home.

    wèishénme? nǐ  búshì xiǎng zài běijīng mǎifángzi ma?

    B: 为什么?  你 不是   想  在  北京   买房子 吗?

    Why? Didn’t you say you want to buy a house in Beijing?

    mǎi shénme fángzi a!  běipiāo zhèmeduō nián, yìfēnqián yě méi shèngxià.

    A: 买   什么  房子 啊!北漂   这么多  年,一分钱   也  没  剩下。

    Forget it! Having drifted in Beijing for so many years, I didn’t save any money.

    āi,  zánmenliǎ chàbùduō…

    B: 哎,咱们俩    差不多…

    Well, I am no difference…

    qíshí dàchéngshì méiyǒu xiǎngxiàngde nàme hǎo.

    A: 其实 大城市     没有    想象的      那么 好。

    In fact, the big city is not as good as imagined.

    1. 老家 lǎo jiā hometown
    2. mǎi to buy
    3. 房子 fáng zi house; apartment
    4. 北漂 běi piāo Drift in Beijing; people who live and work in Beijing, while without Beijing registered residence and move their houses from time to time.
    5. 这么 zhè me this (adverb)
    6. 剩下 shèng xià left (here “saving money”)
    7. 差不多 chà bù duō almost; more or less
    8. 其实 qí shí actually
    9. 想象 xiǎng xiàng to imagine
    10. 没有 méi yǒu not as … as ...
    11. 那么 nà me that (adverb)
    12. 工作 gōng zuò to work
    13. 上学 shàng xué to go to school
    14. 轻松 qīng sōng easy, relaxing

    1. A + 没有 + B + adjective

    A is not as … as B.

        jīntiān de tiānqì zěnmeyàng?

    A: 今天 的 天气 怎么样?

        What’s the weather like today?

        jīntiān méiyǒu zuótiān rè.

    B: 今天 没有 昨天 热。

        It is not as hot as yesterday.


    Sometimes, 这么/那么(this/that) are used before the adjective to indicate that the degree is high.

    běijīnɡ méiyǒu xī’ān zhème rè.

    北京 没有 西安 这么 热。

    Beijing is not so hot as Xi’an.

    gōngzuò méiyǒu shàngxué nàme qīngsōng.

    工作 没有 上学 那么 轻松。

    To work is not so easy as going to school.

    1. What is the meaning of “李梅 没有 小红 漂亮 (lǐméi méiyǒu xiǎohóng piàoliang)”?

    A. Li Mei is more beautiful than Xiao Hong.

    B. Xiao Hong is more beautiful than Li Mei.

    C. Xiao Hong is not beautiful.

    D. Li Mei is not beautiful.

    2. Complete the sentence with the best answer.


    kē bǐ            yáomíng gāo.

    科比 _________ 姚明   高。

    Yao Ming is taller than Kobe.

    A. 比

    B. 和

    C. 没有 méi yǒu

    D. 不是 bú shì

    3. True or false?

    Based on the dialogue,

    (1). It’s not easy to buy a flat in Beijing.

    (2). Chen Zheng has saved lots of money in Beijing.

    (3). Speaker A likes the life in Beijing.