Who is Deshun Wang?
Deshun (sometimes spelled Dushun) Wang is an 80 year old Chinese actor. You can listen to his short bio on YouTube here. (disregard the Arabic, it was the only video I could find to embed here.)
You can follow along with the transcript below.
Using the video to practice listening to Chinese
While there is English captioned underneath, I, of course, saw it as an opportunity to practice my Chinese listening skills and enhance my vocabulary. My tutor reviewed it with me a while ago.
This time, I listened to it while attempting to type what I could understand. It was a good exercise, but I did need my tutor to fill in a bit over half of the vocabulary. As I said, the end result is shown below.
Learning some specific vocabulary first
But before I get into the full transcript, I am going to list some of the specific vocabulary. Some of it is related to the subject of acting/modeling. Some of it has a broader conversational potential.
here it is a measure word for an event or show or time when a movie shows, but it can also mean a large place used for a specific purpose, a stage
This probably means “catwalk” in this context (in Taiwan it means “TV station”)
to walk + flowering/refined, elegant, graceful = to walk the runway
ㄗㄨˊ ㄗㄨˊ ㄉㄜ˙
fully, no less than, as much as
modern drama, stage play
perform + member/personnel = actor/actress
to create/knife cut + construct, build, prepare = to create, to produce
to pose, modeling
to mime, dumb show
ㄧˋ ㄇㄧㄥˊ, ㄧˋ ㄍㄜ˙, ㄧˊ ㄨㄟˋ
(yì míng), (yì ge.), (yí wèi)
all measure words for a person
anew, from the start
to exercise, to keep fit, to work out
ㄐㄧㄢˋ ㄕㄣ ㄈㄤˊ
(jiàn shēn fáng)
posture/prance, using choreography and presenting + stage/platform = stage arena, limelight
a statue, sculpture, to carve
one more time
一ㄡˇ ㄧˋ ㄕˊ ㄉㄜ˙
(yǒu yì shí de.)
ㄌㄧㄢˋ ㄈㄨˋ ㄐㄧ
train abdominal muscle
to pursue [a goal etc] stubbornly, to seek after
hidden possible, potential, hidden capability
to excavate, to explore, to unearth, to tap into
ㄊㄨㄟ + ㄑㄧㄝˋ
(tuì) + (qiè)
to retreat, to decline, to withdraw + timid, cowardly, rustic
rely on, pretext + mouth, entrance = to use as an excuse, on the pretext
to prevent, to block
success, to succeed
to dazzle, to boast, to show off, to flaunt (bright and dazzling)
ten million, countless, many, all the possibility, to be sure to do so
to relent, to be reluctant to make a hard decision, to think twice
The video’s Chinese transcript
In my podcast audio, you can hear a slower, more enunciated reading of the transcript by my tutor, as well as a reading of the above vocabulary. To help you keep track of what you are listening to in the original video, I have shown the time when the various sentences are begun. (There is probably a commercial first)
(I)(am, to be)[(Chinese surname)(Chinese first name)]❶
I am Wang Deshun.
(ㄉㄧˋ ㄉㄧˋ ㄉㄠˋ ㄉㄠˋ)(ㄉㄜ˙)(ㄕㄣˇ ㄧㄤˊ)(ㄖㄣˊ)
(dì dì dào dào)(de.)(shěn yáng)(rén)
(authentic)(adjective marker)(city name)(person)
I come from Shenyang.
[(ㄧˋ)(ㄔㄤˇ)](T ㄊㄞˊ)(ㄗㄡˇ ㄒㄧㄡˋ), (ㄖㄤˋ)(ㄏㄣˇ)(ㄉㄨㄛ)(ㄖㄣˊ)(ㄖㄣˋ ㄕˊ)(ㄌㄜ˙)(ㄨㄛˇ)
[(yì)(chǎng)](T tái)(zǒu xiù), (ràng)(hěn)(duō)(rén)(rèn shí)(le.)(wǒ)
[(one)(measure word for a large place like a stage)](catwalk, runway)(to walk the runway),
……(to let, to make)(very)(many)(people)(to recognize)(emphasize previous word)(me)
Walking the catwalk made it so many people recognize me.
(to have)(people)(to call)(me)(most)(handsome)(grandfather, term of respect of older man)
I have people calling me the most handsome grandfather,
(also)(to have)(people)(to say)(I)[(one)(night)(burst, explode)(red) = overnight success, popular overnight]
and I also have people saying I am an overnight success.
(哈) multiple times
(ㄏㄚ) multiple times
(hā) multiple times
(ㄎㄜˇ ㄕˋ)(ㄋㄧˇ)(ㄓ ㄉㄠˋ)(ㄇㄚ˙)
(kě shì)(nǐ)(zhī dào)(ma.)
(but)(you)(to know)(question particle)
But do you know?
(ㄨㄟˋ ㄌㄜ˙)(ㄓㄜˋ)(ㄧ)(ㄊㄧㄢ)(ㄨㄛˇ)[(ㄗㄨˊ ㄗㄨˊ)(ㄉㄜ˙)](ㄓㄨㄣˇ ㄅㄟˋ)(ㄌㄜ˙)(ㄌㄧㄡˋ ㄕˊ)(ㄋㄧㄢˊ)
(wèi le.)(zhè)(yī)(tiān)(wǒ)[(zú zú)(de.)](zhǔn bèi)(le.)
(for the purpose of)(this)(one)day)(I)[(no less than, full)(-ly)](to prepare)(six tens = 60)(year)
For this one day I have prepared no less than 60 years.
(ㄦˋ ㄕˊ ㄙˋ)(ㄙㄨㄟˋ)(ㄨㄛˇ)(ㄉㄤ)(ㄏㄨㄚˋ ㄐㄩˋ)(ㄧㄢˇ ㄧㄨㄢˊ)
(èr shí sì)(suì)(wǒ)(dāng)(huà jù)(yǎn yuán)
(two tens four = 24)(year of age)(I)(to be)(stage)(actor)
At 24 years old, I was a stage actor.
(ㄙˋ ㄕˊ ㄙˋ)(ㄙㄨㄟˋ)(ㄎㄞ ㄕˇ)(ㄒㄩㄝˊ)(ㄧㄥ ㄩˇ)
(sì shí sì)(suì)(kāi shǐ)(xué)(yīng yǔ)
(four tens four = 44)(years of age)(to begin)(to learn)(English language)
At age 44, I began to learn English.
(ㄙˋ ㄕˊ ㄐㄧㄡˇ)(ㄙㄨㄟˋ)(ㄔㄨㄤˋ ㄗㄠˇ)(ㄌㄜ˙)[(ㄗㄠˋ ㄒㄧㄥˊ)(ㄧㄚˇ ㄐㄩˋ)]
(sì shí jiǔ)(suì)(chuàng zào)(le.)[(zào xíng)(yǎ jù)]
(four tens nine = 49)(years of age)(to produce)(emphasize completion)[(to pose, modeling)(to mime) = pantomime shoew]
At age 49, I produced a pantomime show.
(ㄉㄠˋ)(ㄌㄜ˙)(ㄅㄟˇ ㄐㄧㄥ)(ㄔㄥˊ ㄌㄜ˙)(ㄧˋ ㄇㄧㄥˊ)(ㄌㄠˇ)(ㄅㄟˇ ㄆㄧㄥˊ)(ㄦ˙)
(dào)(le.)(běi jīng)(chéng le.)(yì míng)(lǎo)(běi píng)(er.)
(to arrive)(emphasize previous word)(Beijing)(to be done, finished)(one + measure word for person)(old)(Beiping/Peiping)(“r” of Beijing accent)
I arrived in Beijing finished, an old Beipinger,
0:42 沒房，沒車 ，一切從頭開始，
(ㄇㄟˊ)(ㄈㄤˊ), (ㄇㄟˊ)(ㄔㄜ), (ㄧˊ ㄑㄧㄝˋ)(ㄘㄨㄥˊ ㄊㄡˊ)(ㄎㄞ ㄕˇ)
(méi)(fáng), (méi)(chē), (yí qiè)(cóng tóu)(kāi shǐ)
(have not)(house), (have not)(car), (everything, all)(from the beginning)(to start)
no house, no car, starting all over again.
(ㄨˇ ㄕˊ)(ㄙㄨㄟˋ)(ㄨㄛˇ)(ㄐㄧㄣˋ)(ㄌㄜ˙)(ㄐㄧㄢˋ ㄕㄣ ㄈㄤˊ)(ㄎㄞ ㄕˇ)(ㄐㄧㄢˋ ㄕㄣ)
(wǔ shí)(suì)(wǒ)(jìn)(le.)(jiàn shēn fáng)(kāi shǐ)(jiàn shēn)
(five tens = 50)(years of age)(I)(to enter)(emphasize completed)(to exercise house = gym)(to begin)(to exercise)
At age 50, I began going to the gym to workout.
(ㄨˇ ㄕˊ ㄑㄧ)(ㄙㄨㄟˋ)(ㄨㄛˇ)[(ㄗㄞˋ)(ㄘˋ)](ㄗㄡˇ)(ㄕㄤˋ)(ㄌㄜ˙)(ㄨˇ ㄊㄞˊ)
(wǔ shí qī)(suì)(wǒ)[(zài)(cì)](zǒu)(shàng)(le.)(wǔ tái)
(five tens seven = 57)(years of age)(I)[(again)(order, next)=one more time, again, once more](to walk)(on)(emphasize previous action)(stage, limelight, arena)
At age 57, I once again was on stage.
(ㄔㄨㄤˋ ㄗㄠˋ)(ㄌㄜ˙)(ㄕˋ ㄐㄧㄝˋ)(ㄨㄟˊ ㄧ)(ㄉㄜ˙)[(ㄧˋ ㄕㄨˋ)(ㄒㄧㄥˊ ㄕˋ)]
(chuàng zào)(le.)(shì jiè)(wéi yī)(de.)[(yì shù)(xíng shì)]
(to produce, to create)(emphasize completion)(the world)(only, sole)(adjective marker)[(art)(form, shape) = art form]
I produced the world’s only art form,
(it)(to be called)[(live)(carve, engrave)(model in clay, sculpt) = living sculpture]
(It is) called “living sculpture.”
(ㄑㄧ ㄕˊ)(ㄙㄨㄟˋ)(ㄨㄛˇ)(ㄎㄞ ㄕˇ)[(ㄧㄡˇ ㄧˋ ㄕˋ)(ㄉㄜ˙)](ㄌㄧㄢˋ)(ㄈㄨˋ)(ㄐㄧ)
(qī shí)(suì)(wǒ)(kāi shǐ)[(yǒu yì shì)(de.)](liàn)(fù)(jī)
(seven tens = 70)(years of age)(I)(to begin)[(conscious)(-ly)](to practice, to train)(abdomen)(muscle)
At age 70, I began to consciously train my abdominal muscles.
1:10 七十九歲 我走上了T台，
(ㄑㄧ ㄕˊ ㄐㄧㄡˇ)(ㄙㄨㄟˋ)(ㄨㄛˇ)(ㄗㄡˇ)(ㄕㄤˋ)(ㄌㄜ˙)(T ㄊㄞˊ)
(qī shí jiǔ)(suì)(wǒ)(zǒu)(shàng)(le.)(T tái)
(seven tens nine = 79)(years of age)(I)(to walk)(0n)(emphasize completion)(catwalk)
At age 79, I walked the catwalk.
1:14 我今年八十歲，還有， 還有追求。
(ㄨㄛˇ)(ㄐㄧㄣ ㄋㄧㄢˊ)(ㄅㄚ ㄕˊ)(ㄙㄨㄟˋ), (ㄏㄞˊ ㄧㄡˇ), (ㄏㄞˊ ㄧㄡˇ)(ㄓㄨㄟ ㄑㄧㄡˊ)
(wǒ)(jīn nián)(bā shí)(suì), (hái yǒu), (hái yǒu)(zhuī qiú)
(I)(this year)(eight tens = 80)(years of age), (still), (still)(stubbornly pursue goal)
This year I am 80 years old, but still stubbornly pursuing my goals.
(ㄒㄧㄤ ㄒㄧㄢˋ)(ㄨㄛˇ)! (ㄖㄣˊ)(ㄉㄜ˙)(ㄑㄧㄢˊ ㄋㄥˊ)(ㄕˋ)(ㄎㄜˇ ㄧˇ)(ㄈㄚ ㄐㄩㄝˊ)(ㄉㄜ˙)
(xiāng xìn)(wǒ)! (rén)(de.)(qián néng)(shì)(kě yǐ)(fā jué)(de.)
(to believe)(me)! (person/people)(‘s)(potential)(to be)(can)(to explore, to tap into, to unearth)
Believe me! A person’s potential can still be explored!
(ㄉㄤ)(ㄋㄧˇ)(ㄕㄨㄛ)(ㄊㄞˋ)(ㄨㄢˇ)(ㄌㄜ˙)(ㄉㄜ˙ ㄕˊ ㄏㄡˋ)
(dāng)(nǐ)(shuō)(tái)(wǎn)(le.)(de. shí hòu)
(at)(you)(to say)(too)(late)(emphasize previous word)(when)
When you say it is to late,
(ㄋㄧˇ)(ㄧ ㄉㄧㄥˋ)(ㄧㄠˋ)(ㄐㄧㄣˇ ㄕㄣˋ)
(nǐ)[(yī dìng)(yào)](jǐn shèn)
(you)[(surely, certainly, necessarily)(to want) = must](cautious, prudent)
you must be cautious.
(ㄊㄚ)(ㄎㄜˇ ㄋㄥˊ)(ㄕˋ)(ㄋㄧˇ)(ㄊㄨㄟˋ)(ㄑㄩㄝˋ)(ㄉㄜ˙)(ㄐㄧㄝˋ ㄎㄡˇ)
(tā)(kě néng)(shì)(nǐ)(tuì)(què)(de.)(jiè kǒu)
(it)(possibly, might)(to be,is)(you)(to retreat, to withdraw)(timid, cowardly)(adjective marker)(excuse)
It might be your fearful excuse.
(ㄇㄟˊ)(ㄧㄡˇ)(ㄕㄟˊ)(ㄋㄥˊ)(ㄗㄨˇ ㄓˇ)(ㄋㄧˇ)(ㄋㄥˊ)(ㄔㄥˊ ㄍㄨㄥ)
(méi)(yǒu)(shéi)(néng)(zǔ zhǐ)(nǐ)(néng)(chéng gōng)
(not)(to have)(who)(able)(to prevent, to block)(you)(able)(finish + achievement = to succeed)
There is not anyone who is able to prevent you from succeeding…
(ㄔㄨˊ ㄌㄜ˙)(ㄋㄧˇ)(ㄗˋ ㄐㄧˇ)
(chú le.)(nǐ)(zì jǐ)
(besides, apart from)(you)(oneself)
except you yourself.
(ㄍㄞ)(ㄒㄩㄢˋ)(ㄗˋ ㄐㄧˇ)(ㄉㄜ˙ ㄕˊ ㄏㄡˋ)
(gāi)(xuàn)(zì jǐ)(de. shí hòu)
(should, must)(dazzle, show off)(oneself)(when)
When you must present yourself,
(ㄑㄧㄢ ㄨㄢˋ)(ㄅㄨˊ)(ㄧㄠˋ)(ㄉㄨㄟˋ)(ㄗˋ ㄐㄧˇ)(ㄕㄡˇ ㄖㄨㄢˇ)
(qiān wàn)(bú)(yào)(duì)(zì jǐ)(shǒu ruǎn)
(ten million, countless, by all means, never ever)(not)(to want)(toward)(oneself)(hand + soft = to relent, to be lenient, be reluctant)
you never want to be to lenient with yourself.
(ㄨㄛˇ)(ㄕˋ)(ㄨㄤˊ ㄉㄜˊ ㄕㄨㄣˋ)
(wǒ)(shì)(Wáng Dé Shùn)
(I)(to be, am)(Wang Deshun)
I am Wang Deshun.
(I)(am)(most)(to dazzle, cool, awesome)(east north)(person)
I am a dazzling Northeasterner!
❶ As always, in the Chinese, the last, or surname, is spoken first. The characters for the name do have meaning. His first name 德順 is the combination of characters which in order mean virtue and obey. His last name 王 is a common one, meaning best or strongest of its type, grand, or king.
❷ The order of these characters can be reversed to 道道地地 and still mean the same thing. However, if only single characters are used in the original order he used (地道), it is commonly understood to mean tunnel. 道地 in single characters is the more usual way to say authentic or really from that part of the earth.
❸ This is a very large city in China. The characters mean liquid/water and sun/light.
❹ 北京 is the more modern, political name of the city. The characters mean north and capitol. 北平 is the original and traditional name of the city. Although the first character is the same, the second one means flat, level, peaceful. Many people refer to themselves using the original name 北平.
❺ He may be speaking in terms of showmanship here, but it is broadly applicable, because everyone must in some way sell their abilities to others in the marketplace.
❻ The idea here is that if you are holding your hand loosely, you will not grasp opportunity.
❼ Mandarin Chinese originates from this region of China, from after Manchurians came to rule as Qing Dynasty. As you can see from the map, his city of birth is in that region.
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