Driving school in China be like... | TrendingChinese Issue #2

What's hot on Weibo now...driving schools and dads!

🔥🔥 What’s hot on Weibo now:

🚔 The funniest mishaps from Chinese driving schools.

😹 Chinese kindergarteners were asked what their dads like to do for fun


在中国开车真吓人。。。🚗

Driving school in China be like…

Weibo lost its mind over a video about the insanity (and hilarity) of learning to drive in China. It was inspired by a clip in which a Chinese celebrity is caught not being able to park a car while on a TV game show. Read on to find out what all the fuss was about...

19.2k upvotes, 1.5k comments on Weibo

👆 A Weibo user put together this hilarious video of what some driving schools in China are like.

What happened?

中国明星王嘉尔近期参加了一个综艺节目,他在一群小伙伴的帮助下试图把一辆面包车倒入车库,但不管众人有多么齐心协力,王嘉尔还是没能成功倒车入库这一段节目视频也因此成为了中国驾校反面教材,为新手司机示范错误的倒车动作。于是,一个学车糗事的视频在微博上火了起来...

Zhōngguó míngxīng wáng jiā ěr jìnqí cānjiāle yīgè zōngyì jiémù, tā zài yīqún xiǎo huǒbàn de bāngzhù xià shìtú bǎ yī liàng miànbāochēdào rù chēkù, dàn bùguǎn zhòngrén yǒu duōme qíxīn xiélì, wáng jiā ěr háishì méi néng chénggōng dàochē rù kù. Zhè yīduàn jiémù shìpín yě yīncǐ chéngwéile zhōngguó jiàxiào de fǎnmiàn jiàocái, wèi xīnshǒusījīshìfàn cuòwù de dàochē dòngzuò. Yú shì, yīgè xuéchē qiǔshì de shìpín zài wēi bó shàng huǒle qǐlái...

Vocab

  • 明星 | míng xīng | celebrity

  • 综艺节目 | zōngyì jiémù | game show

  • 小伙伴 |xiǎo huǒbàn|(Internet slang, lit. little companions) people; friends. This can be used online to refer to folks online (e.g. "很多小伙伴在关注这个话题", "Many people are following this topic.") or in real life to refer to one's companions (e.g. "我跟我的小伙伴吃了一顿饭“,”I ate a meal with a friend“).

  • 面包车 | miànbāochē | (lit. bread car) a van. It's called this because it's shaped like a loaf of bread. 🍞

  • 倒车入库 | dàochē rù kù | reverse a car into a garage (or a parking space)

  • 齐心协力| qíxīn xiélì | (idiom) to work as one; make concerted efforts

  • 驾校 | jià xiào | driving school

  • 反面教材 | fǎnmiàn jiàocái | negative example which may serve as a lesson; bad experience which teaches us what not to do

  • 新手司机 | xīnshǒu sījī | a rookie driver

  • 示范 | shìfàn | to demonstrate

  • 倒车动作 | dàochē dòngzuò | backing-up maneuver

  • 糗事 | qiǔshì | funny awkward incidents

Translation

Chinese celebrity Wáng Jiā ěr recently participated in a game show where, with the help of a group of friends, he tried to reverse a van into a parking spot. But despite their concerted efforts, he wasn't able to successfully back the car into the spot. Because of this, this video became a lesson about how not to drive (lit. negative teaching material) for Chinese driving schools, demonstrating for rookie drivers the incorrect movements for reversing a car. Then, a video about funny awkard incidents when learning to drive blew up on Weibo...

Top Comments


你爸爸喜欢做什么?

“What does daddy do for fun?”

This kindergarten teacher asked each of her students what their dads like to do for fun. How many of their responses can you understand without looking at the vocab list below?

在中国一所幼儿园里,老师让小朋友排队回答“你的爸爸最喜欢什么?” 看看你能听懂多少吧!

Zài zhōngguó yī suǒ yòu'éryuán lǐ, lǎoshī ràng xiǎopéngyǒu páiduì huídá “nǐ de bàba zuì xǐhuān shénme?” Kàn kàn nǐ néng tīng dǒng duōshǎo ba!

Vocab from Video

  • 卖油饼 | mài yóubǐng | sell Chinese fried pancakes

  • 挣钱 | zhèng qián | earn money

  • 刷碗 | shuā wǎn | do the dishes 

  • 刷抖音 | shuā dǒuyīn | check TikTok; “刷”(shuā) is a slang for “scrolling, browsing” 

  • 喂羊 | wèiyáng | to feed sheep

  • 玩游戏 | wán yóuxì | play video games

  • 领红包 | lǐng hóngbāo | receive “red envelopes”. “红包” (hóngbāo) is a red envelope containing money as a gift. It’s traditionally exchanged during the Chinese New Year, but these days Chinese people send WeChat red envelopes “微信红包” (wēixìn hóngbāo) as gifts for all occasions.

  • 偷懒 | tōulǎn | to goof off or laze around


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