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汉语世界(The World of Chinese) 2019年6期

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I’m a middle school student from a small city in China. I’m not happy because of our teachers. They always sit in their office with air conditioning and send us outside to the playground. They play on their phones all they want, but ask us to behave in the classroom. I think it is not fair. What should I do?

Thirteen-Year-Old Jiang

Oh really?! That’s your biggest 危机 (w8ij~, crisis) in life? How cute! Quit 埋怨 (m1nyu3n, whining) because things will only get worse! You are clueless about real 烦恼 (f1nn2o, trouble), like 考大學 (k2o d3xu9, taking the college entrance exam), 找工作 (zh2o g4ngzu7, finding a job), and 找对象(zh2o du#xi3ng, finding a partner). Don’t even get me started on family problems! How would you like a 废物 (f-iwu, good-for-nothing) for a son, and a demanding b-tch for a daughter?Just shut up and be content with the knowledge that, despite all their air conditioning and free cell phone time, your teachers are way more 痛苦 (t7ngk^, miserable) than you.

I love hutong bars! I know you have a hutong house. It must be so cool to live in your neighborhood.

Mike Ma

Yeah right, you spoiled little brat! Cut the 废话 (f-ihu3, nonsense) about loving the 胡同文化 (h%t7ng w9nhu3, hutong culture). There’s nothing hutong about it! A drink in your beloved bar costs the same as a local’s weekly food stipend. You are the 破坏者 (p7hu3izh0, destroyers) of our peaceful life! Coming here and getting all 醉醺醺 (zu#x$nx$n, drunk) and 大吵大闹 (d3ch2o-d3n3o, causing disturbance and being loud) late at night. And what the hell are these glass doors they installed, and weird-shaped lamps and music inside? Why are people drinking on the 房顶

(f1ngd@ng, roof)? Someone, please, get those 年轻人(ni1nq~ngr9n, young people) out of my neighborhood. They are too cheerful for my liking! Just 滚蛋 (g^nd3n, get out)!

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