Learn to speak mandarin from TV episode excerpt – Unsettled Youth – 我们无处安放的青春 (1)

Posted by Grace Feng on March 30, 2012

Learn to speak mandarin from TV episode excerpt - Unsettled Youth - 我们无处安放的青春 (1)An audio excerpt from a TV episode is a very good learning resource if you’re longing to speak like a native Chinese speaker.

The narrative or talks in TV episodes are in natural day to day language. You can learn and imitate the tone and the way people talk that express real emotions. In this series of posts, I’ll record excerpts into mp3 from a popular TV episode “Unsettled Youth” (or “We Have Nowhere to Place Youth”) 我们无处安放的青春 wǒmen wúchù ānfàng de qīngchūn and add Chinese, pinyin and translation to it.

I’d recommend you to listen to it first. Then read the Chinese script, make sure you understand the meaning of each line. You’d better have a good online dictionary handy to help you lookup the new words if the translation couldn’t help you clearly understand certain words. repeat with it for as many times as you need, until you can read the lines in Chinese by yourself. Repeat with the recording, pause or rewind if you need. Compare your pronunciation with the recording and tune your tones.

At last, go watch the video below. See whether you can totally enjoy the part where the excerpt was. I’ll give you a brief introduction on what was happening in the video:

The university student 李然 lǐ rán had a crush on his teacher 罗惠 luó huì. He helped her teacher to get chalk on the class and carried the gas tank upstairs. 罗惠 luó huì liked him too. Then they had an affair, which was not tolerable in Chinese school system. The principle had a talk with 罗惠 luó huì on this. But 罗惠 luó huì didn’t think there’s anything wrong with it. She had no intention to keep their relationship a secret. This was definitely not allowed by the school. Finally she left the school and went abroad without saying goodbye to 李然 lǐ rán李然 lǐ rán was crushed.

The following is the audio excerpt of the narrative at the beginning:

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duō niányǐlái

Over the years


wǒ zǒngshì zuò tóngyī gè mèng

I’ve had the same dream over and over again


luó huì, wǒ de dàxué lǎoshī
罗惠, 我的大学老师

Luo Hui, my teacher in the university


zǒngshì zài wǒ de mèng lǐ

always appear in my dreams


zài tóngyàng de jìjié

in the same season


tóngyàng de chǎngjǐng yǔ wèidao zhōng

in the same surrounding and style


yǐ tóngyàng de bùfá hé mùguāng

at the same pace and with the same look in her eyes


xiàng wǒ zǒu lái

walking towards me


méiyǒu sīháo de piānchā

there’s no slight difference


tā zǒngshì zhèyàng de shéntài

She was always in the same manner


ānjìng ér dàiyǒu fùyù de fēnfāng

quiet and fragrant


zài tā róuhé de mùguāng zhōng

In her soft eyes


yě bǎohán zhe jué jué yǔ guǒduàn

There’s also determination and strong will.


zhǐshì nàshí, wǒ hái dú bùdǒng tā
只是那时, 我还读不懂她

But at that time, I couldn’t read her mind.



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12 Responses to “Learn to speak mandarin from TV episode excerpt – Unsettled Youth – 我们无处安放的青春 (1)”

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    03-30-2012 5:44 am

    Thanks for posting this. It is great to have pinyin, hanzi, and English together with the spoken dialogue!


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      03-31-2012 12:37 am

      There will be more for this TV episode moving forward.

      Thanks for your support, Steve.



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    Jeff Lau:

    01-03-2013 9:31 pm

    Very nice post! As Steve said it’s very good to have both the 汉字, 拼音 and 英文 together, with the audio, but separate from the video :)

    Just a couple typos I noticed that you can fix!

    “The university student 李然 lǐ rán had a crash on his teacher 罗惠 luó huì.”

    It’s ‘crush’ not ‘crash’

    ‘She had no intention to keep their relationship a secrete.’

    Extra ‘e’ on secret

    Anyway – great post!



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      Grace Feng:

      01-04-2013 2:38 am

      Thanks Jeff for pointing out my mistakes. I’m trying my best to avoid spelling errors. But still, they appear here and there. Sigh!

      I notice that you have a very nice blog out there. I like the design very much. Good work!!



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        Jeff Lau:

        01-04-2013 12:31 pm

        No problem Grace. It’s much easier not to spell things wrong in Chinese :P

        Thanks! I just started writing recently to focus my efforts of learning Mandarin. I’m only at a lower intermediate level at the moment so I will probably be using your website to help me improve faster!


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          Grace Feng:

          01-04-2013 2:45 pm

          Be my guest, Jeff. You’re very welcomed!

          Intermediate and up level should feel comfortable with most learning materials I posted here. Feel free to drop me questions, corrections or any suggestions you’d like to let me know … and Happy New Year! :-)


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    03-22-2014 6:16 am

    Finally I’ve found a series I am enjoying although the dialogue is still too fast for my ears! Wish I can find an episode by episode synopsis. I do understand enough to get the general gist though and getting some good immersion. I just download all 24 episodes from youtube. Thanks Grace for this recommendation and site in general!


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      Grace Feng:

      03-24-2014 1:23 am

      Hi Eji, you’re welcome! Pure love stories are usually the best material for language learning. I think the plot in those stories is usually simple to follow. Hope you like it.



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    03-22-2014 6:20 am

    oops! didn’t realize I could backspace “name” and “email” out


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    10-19-2014 5:08 am

    Hi Grace. I was wondering if you know of anywhere on the internet I can find transcripts to this show?


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      Grace Feng:

      10-19-2014 2:26 pm

      Sorry Eji, I can’t find it anywhere. :-(



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        10-21-2014 2:20 am

        No worries. Thanks for checking :) I really like this show. It is the only show I’ve watched all episodes without focusing on learning. I was hooked from the very first scene. I keep coming back to it every few months and I notice as my listening comprehension improves I understand more and more. Great acting. Sadly the end is so tragic.


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