It’s been a while and in that while I finished the semester and went to the States to visit family and friends and broke my little finger. I’m usually a really active person, but now that I’m semi bed-ridden I’m taking advantage to keep going with the blog and lessons. For this lesson the theme is music, so go on to listen to some podcasts:
- On Pop-up Chinese there is a podcast on a bit of music theory, but it’s free and a nice lesson
- I listened to the Intermediate Lesson “Finding Live Music” which has a nice dialogue and interesting vocabulary.
The vocabulary I picked is small, but it’s a start:
现场 [xiàn chǎng]: scene or site, but when referring to music it means “live”
演出 [yǎn chū]: perform or performance, kind of like a “concert”
You can put the two together for “live performance” or “live music” 现场演出
乐队 [yuè duì]: band
本地 [běn dì]: locality or “local”
Put the two together and you get “local band(s)” 本地乐队
五音不全 [wǔ yīn bù quán]: tone deaf
跑调 [pǎo diào]: out of tune
And of course you can’t talk about music without knowing the different genres:
音乐风格 [yīn yuè fēng gé]: music genre, where 风格 is also style.
- 古典乐 [gǔ diǎn yuè]:classical music
- 摇滚 [yáogǔn]: rock and roll
- 流行音乐 [liúxíngyīnyuè]: Pop, where 流行 means “to be fashionable”
- 电(子)(音)乐 [diàn (zǐ) (yīn) yuè]: electronic music*
- 说唱 [shuōchàng]: rap
That’s enough for now. Now, go out there and start using your new music vocabulary!
*My favorite, the characters in parentheses can be omitted.