Unipiper

Unipiper

If you live in Portland, sooner or later you are likely to encounter the “Unipiper”. This post will help you explain this guy to your Chinese friends. Also, the post has a bonus part 2 for more advanced students.

The tables below are wired for audio. Click on the first column, in any row, to hear the pronunciation.

Conversation

PinyinChineseEnglish
Bōtèlán zuì qíguài de rén shì shéi?波特兰最奇怪的人是谁?Who is the weirdest person in Portland?
Kěndìng shì Unipiper肯定是 UnipiperDefinitely the Unipiper

 

Vocabulary

PinyinEnglish
波特兰BōtèlánPortland
zui4Most
奇怪qíguàiWeird, strange
的人de rénOf people
shìIs
shéi?Who?
肯定kěndìngDefinitely

 

Grammar Lesson

Note, the question word shéi (who) is at the end of the sentence, which seldom happens in English. In Mandarin, the position of an “information question word” is located in the same position where the answer word would be if it was in the sentence. As illustrated in the table below.

SentenceAnswer
Bōtèlán zuì qíguài de rén shìshéi?
Bōtèlán zuì qíguài de rén shìUnipiper
Portland’s strangest person isthe Unipiper

 

Intermediate Level

PinyinChineseEnglish
Wèishéme?为什么?why?
Tā qí dān lún chē, chuīfēng dí,他骑单轮车,吹风笛,He rides a unicycle, playing bagpipes,
hái yǒu dài dá sī wéi dé de miànjù.还有戴达斯维德的面具。And wearing a Darth Vader mask.

 

Vocabulary

PinyinEnglish
为什么wèishémewhy
he
ride
单轮车dānlúnchēunicycle
chuīblow, play
风笛fēngdíBagpipe
还有háiyǒuand also
dàiwore
达斯维德Dásī WéidéDarth Vader
面具miànjùmask