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It is Impossible for My Dog to Speak in Chinese 我的狗不可能說中文

我的狗不可能說中文。

(我的)(狗)(不)(可能)(說)(中文)

(ㄨㄛˇ ㄉㄜ˙) (ㄍㄡˇ) (ㄅㄨˋ) (ㄎㄜˊ ㄋㄥˊ) (ㄕㄨㄛ) (ㄓㄨㄥ ㄨㄣˊ)

(wo3 de.) (gou3) (bu4) (ke2 neng3) (shuo1) (zhong1 wen2)

(my) (dog) (not) (probably, possible) (to speak) (Chinese language)

It is impossible for my dog to speak in Chinese.

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有一天我告訴我的中文老師:

[(有)(一)(天)](我)(告訴)(我的)(中文)(老師)

[(ㄧㄡˇ) (ㄧ) (ㄊㄧㄢ)] (ㄨㄛˇ) (ㄍㄠˋ ㄙㄨˋ) (ㄨㄛˇ ㄉㄜ˙) (ㄓㄨㄥ ㄨㄣˊ) (ㄌㄠˇ ㄕ)

[(you3)(yi1)(tian1)] (wo3) (gao4 su4) (wo3 de.) (zhong1 wen2) (lao3 shi1)

[(to have)(one)(day)] (I) (to tell) (my) (Chinese language) (teacher)

One day I told my Chinese teacher:

 

「我的狗不可能說中文。」

(我的)(狗)(不)(可能)(說)(中文)

(ㄨㄛˇ ㄉㄜ˙) (ㄍㄡˇ) (ㄅㄨˋ) (ㄎㄜˊ ㄋㄥˊ) (ㄕㄨㄛ) (ㄓㄨㄥ ㄨㄣˊ)

(wo3 de.) (gou3) (bu4) (ke2 neng3) (shuo1) (zhong1 wen2)

(my) (dog) (not) (probably, possible) (to speak) (Chinese language)

“It is impossible for my dog to speak in Chinese.”

 

她會心一笑,然後回答,

(她)(會心一笑),(然後)(回答)

(ㄊㄚ) (ㄏㄨㄟˋ ㄒㄧㄣ ㄧ ㄒㄧㄠˋ), (ㄖㄢˊ ㄏㄡˋ) (ㄏㄨㄟˊ ㄉㄚˊ)

(ta1) (hui4 xin1 yi1 xiao4), (ran2 hou4) (hui2 da2)

(she) (have an understanding smile), (then) (return answer)

She smiled in understanding, then answered,

 

「你的狗可能會說英文。」

(你的)(狗)(可能)(會)(說)(英文)

(ㄋㄧˇ ㄉㄜ˙) (ㄍㄡˇ) (ㄎㄜˇ ㄋㄥˊ) (ㄏㄨㄟˋ) (ㄕㄨㄛ) (ㄧㄥ ㄨㄣˊ)

(ni3 de.) (gou3) (ke3 neng2) (hui4) (shuo1) (ying1 wen2)

(your) (dog) (might, perhaps) (will) (to speak) (English language)

“Your dog might speak English.”

 

我們都哈哈大笑。

(我們)(都)(哈哈大笑)

(ㄨㄛˇ ㄇㄣ˙) (ㄉㄡ) (ㄏㄚㄏㄚ ㄉㄚˋ ㄒㄧㄠˋ)

(wo3 men.) (dou1) (ha1 ha1 da4 xiao4)

(we) (both, all) (burst into laughter, laugh heartily)

We both burst into laughter.

 

她也說了這一句,

(她)(也)(說)(了)(這)(一)(句)

(ㄊㄚ) (ㄧㄝˇ) (ㄕㄨㄛ) (ㄌㄜ˙) (ㄓㄜ˙) (ㄧ) (ㄐㄩˋ)

(ta1) (ye3) (shuo1) (le.) (zhe4) (yi1) (ju4)

(she) (also) (to speak, to say) (emphasize completion) (this) (one) (sentence)

She also said this sentence,

 

「我跑不了了,可是因為妳比較強壯,妳跑得了很遠。」

(我)(跑)(不了了)

(ㄨㄛˇ) (ㄆㄠˇ) (ㄅㄨˋ ㄌㄧㄠˇ ㄌㄜ˙)

(wo3) (pao3) (bu4 liao3 le.)

(I) (to run) (not in my current situation, condition)

…..(可是)(因為)(妳)(比較)(強壯)

…..(ㄎㄜˇ ㄕˋ) (ㄧㄣ ㄨㄝˋ) (ㄋㄧˇ) (ㄅㄧˇ ㄐㄧㄠˋ) (ㄑㄧㄤˊ ㄓㄨㄤˋ)

…..(ke3 shi4) (yin1 wei4) (ni3) (bi3 jiao4) (qiang2 zhuang4)

…..(but) (because) (you) (comparatively) (strong)

……….(妳)(跑)(得)(了)(很)(遠)

……….(ㄋㄧˇ) (ㄆㄠˇ) (ㄉㄜ˙)(ㄌㄧㄠˇ) (ㄏㄣˇ) (ㄧㄩㄢˇ)

……….(ni3) (pao3) (de.) (liao3) (hen3) (yuan3)

……….(you) (to run) (connects adverb) (to achieve) (very) (far)

“I am not in any condition to run, but because you are comparatively strong you can run very far.”

 

我想一想確定地說,「我不可能製造電腦。」

(我)(想一想)(確定)(地)(說)

(ㄨㄛˇ) (ㄒㄧㄤˇ ㄧ ㄒㄧㄤˇ) (ㄑㄩㄝˋ ㄉㄧㄥˋ) (ㄉㄜ˙) (ㄕㄨㄛ)

(wo3) (xiang3 yi1 xiang3) (que4 ding4) (de.) (shuo1)

(I) (think a little) (determine) (particle links verb to word before it) (to speak)

…..(我)(不)(可能)(製造)(電腦)

…..(ㄨㄛˇ) (ㄅㄨˋ) (ㄎㄜˇ ㄋㄥˊ) (ㄓˋ ㄗㄠˋ) (ㄉㄧㄢˋ ㄋㄠˇ)

…..(wo3) (bu4) (ke3 neng2) (zhi4 zao4) (dian4 nao3)

…..(I) (not) (able) (to make) (computer)

I thought a little, then decided to say, “It is impossible for me to make a computer.”

 

然後她回答,「我不能製造電腦,因為我不會。。。」

(然後)(她)(回答)

(ㄖㄢˊ ㄏㄡˋ) (ㄊㄚ) (ㄏㄨㄟˊ ㄉㄚˊ)

(ran2 hou4) (ta1) (hui2 da2)

(then) (she) (to answer)

…..(我)(不)(能)(製造)(電腦)

…..(ㄨㄛˇ) (ㄅㄨˋ) (ㄋㄥˊ) (ㄓˋ ㄗㄠˋ) (ㄉㄧㄢˋ ㄋㄠˇ)

…..(wo3) (bu4) (neng2) (zhi4 zao4) (dian4 nao3)

…..(I) (not) (able) (to make) (computer)

……….(因為)(我)(不)(會)。。。

……….(ㄧㄣ ㄨㄝˋ) (ㄨㄛˇ) (ㄅㄨˋ) (ㄏㄨㄟˋ)

……….(yin1 wei4) (wo3) (bu4) (hui4)

……….(because) (I) (not) (will)

Then she answered, “I can’t make a computer, because I won’t….”

 

我想到我要說,「我不可能會飛!」

(我)(想到)(我)(要)(說)

(ㄨㄛˇ) (ㄒㄧㄤˇ ㄉㄠˋ) (ㄨㄛˇ) (ㄧㄠˋ) (ㄕㄨㄛ)

(wo3) (xiang3 dao4) (wo3) (yao4) (shuo1)

(I) (thought) (I) (want) (to say)

…..(我)(不)(可能)(會)(飛)

…..(ㄨㄛˇ) (ㄅㄨˋ) (ㄎㄜˇ ㄋㄥˊ) (ㄏㄨㄟˋ) (ㄈㄟ)

…..(wo3) (bu4) (ke3 neng2) (hui4) (fei1)

…..(I) (not) (possible) (will) (to fly)

I thought to say, “It is impossible for me to fly.”

 

我不可能飛,因為我沒有翅膀。

(我)(不)(可能)(飛),(因為)(我)(沒)(有)(翅膀)

(ㄨㄛˇ) (ㄅㄨˋ) (ㄎㄜˇ ㄋㄥˊ) (ㄈㄟ), (ㄧㄣ ㄨㄟˋ) (ㄨㄛˇ) (ㄇㄟˊ) (ㄧㄡˇ) (ㄔˋ ㄅㄤˇ)

(wo3) (bu4) (ke3 neng2) (fei1), (yin1 wie4) (wo3) (mei2) (you3) (chi4 bang3)

(I) (not) (possible) (to fly), (because) (I) (not) (to have) (wings)

It is impossible for me to fly because I do not have wings.

 

她說,「絕對不可能有人會飛。」

(她)(說),(絕對)(不)(可能)(有)(人)(會)(飛)

(ㄊㄚ) (ㄕㄨㄛ), (ㄐㄩㄝˊ ㄉㄨㄟˋ) (ㄅㄨˋ) (ㄎㄜˇ ㄋㄥˊ) (ㄧㄡˇ) (ㄖㄣˊ) (ㄏㄨㄟˋ) (ㄈㄟ)

(ta1) (shuo1), (jue2 dui4) (bu4) (ke3 neng2) (you3) (ren2) (hui4) (fei1)

(she) (to speak/say), (absolutely) (not) (possible) (to have) (person/people) (able) (to fly)

She said, “Absolutely no person is able to fly.”

 

想來,我的狗也不可能飛,因為牠也沒有翅膀。

(想來),(我的)(狗)(也)(不)(可能)(飛)

(ㄒㄧㄤˇ ㄌㄞˊ), (ㄨㄛˇ ㄉㄜ˙) (ㄍㄡˇ) (ㄧㄝˇ) (ㄅㄨˋ) (ㄎㄜˇ ㄋㄥˊ) (ㄈㄟ)

(xiang3 lai2), (wo3 de.) (gou3) (ye3) (bu4) (ke3 neng2) (fei1)

(it can be assumed that), (my) (dog) (also) (not) (possible) (to fly)

…..(因為)(牠)❶(也)(沒)(有)(翅膀)

…..(ㄧㄣ ㄨㄟˋ) (ㄊㄚ) (ㄧㄝˇ) (ㄇㄟˊ) (ㄧㄡˇ) (ㄔˋ ㄅㄤˇ)

…..(yin1 wei4) (ta1) (ye3) (mei2) (you3) (chi4 bang3)

…..(because) (it) (also) (not) (to have) (wings)

It can be assumed that my dog also cannot fly, because it doesn’t have wings.

 

我們會找不完所有不可能的事情。

(我們)(會)(找)(不)(完)(所有)(不)(可能)(的)(事情)

(ㄨㄛˇ ㄇㄣ˙) (ㄏㄨㄟˋ) (ㄓㄠˇ) (ㄅㄨˋ) (ㄨㄢˊ) (ㄙㄨㄛˇ ㄧㄡˇ) (ㄅㄨˋ) (ㄎㄜˇ ㄋㄥˊ) (ㄉㄜ˙) (ㄕˋ ㄑㄧㄥˊ)

(wo3 men.) (hui4) (zhao3) (bu4) (wan2) (suo3 you3) (bu4) (ke3 neng2) (de.) (shi4 qing2)

(we) (can) (to look) (not) (to finish, complete) (all) (not) (possible) (adjective marker) (matter, affair)

We can never find all the things that are impossible.


Notes:

❶ Animals are not given gender related pronouns in Chinese. They are just “it.”