Xué shēng wèn lǎo shī : lǎo shī , wèi shén me fēi jī zài tiān shàng fēi ,què cóng bú huì zhuàng dào xīng xing nē ?
lǎo shī huí dá: yīn wèi xīng xing huì shǎn.
The student asks the teacher: Teacher, why the planes never run into the stars when flying in the sky?
The teacher answer: Beacuse the stars can dodge.
To get the joke, you need to know the double takes on the meanings of the word 闪 shǎn.
In Chinese, 闪 can mean “a sudden flash of light.” It can also mean “to dodge” ( 闪避 shǎn bì , to dodge quickly).
|3||老师||老師||lǎo shī||teacher; Classifiers: 个|
|4||为什么||為什麼||wèi shénme||why?; for what reason?|
|5||飞机||飛機||fēi jī||airplane; Classifiers: 架|
|6||在||zài||(located) at; (to be) in; to exist; in the middle of doing sth; (indicating an action in progress)|
|7||天上||tiānshàng||in the sky, celestial; heavenly|
|9||却||卻||què||old variant of 却 ; but; yet; however; while; to go back; to decline; to retreat; nevertheless; even though|
|11||会||會||huì||can; to be possible; to be able to; will; to be likely to; to be sure to; to assemble; to meet; to gather; to see; union; group; association; Classifiers: 个 )|
|12||撞||zhuàng||to hit; to strike; to meet by accident; to run into; to bump against; to bump into|
|13||到||dào||to (a place); until (a time); up to; to go; to arrive; (verb complement denoting completion or result of an action)|
|14||星星||xīng xing||star in the sky|
|15||呢||ne||particle indicating that a previously asked question is to be applied to the preceding word (“What about …?”, “And …?”); particle for inquiring about location (“Where is …?”); particle signaling a pause, to emphasize the preceding words and allow the listener time to take them on board (“ok?”, “are you with me?”);|
|16||回答||huí dá||to reply; to answer; the answer; Classifiers: 个|
|17||因为||因為||yīn wèi||because; owing to; on account of|
|18||闪||閃||shǎn||to dodge; to duck out of the way; to beat it; shaken (by a fall); to sprain; to pull a muscle; lightning; spark; a flash; to flash (across one’s mind); to leave behind|