A Chinese Joke中国笑话: Fire And Water(火和水)

A Chinese Joke: Fire and Water

Simplified Characters

有一对夫妻,他们出去吃饭,妻子突然大叫:「啊!我忘了关瓦斯,可能会发生火灾!」
丈夫却安慰她说:「没关系,反正我也忘了关洗手台的水。」
妻子:「... ...」

Pinyin Romanization

Yǒu yīduì fūqī, tāmen chūqù chīfàn, qīzi tūrán dà jiào: “A! Wǒ wàng le guān wǎsī, kěnéng huì fāshēng huǒzāi!”
Zhàngfu què ānwèi tā shuō: “Méiguānxi, fǎnzhèng wǒ yě wàng le guān xǐ shǒu tái de shuǐ.”
Qīzi: !!!???

English Translation

There was a married couple who went out for dinner. Suddenly the wife exclaimed, “Oh! I forgot to turn off the gas! There could be a fire!”
The husband tried to comfort her by saying, “Don’t worry about it. In any case, I also forgot to turn off the water faucet.”
Wife: !!!???

Vocabulary

ID Chinese Trad. Pinyin English Definition
ID Chinese Trad. Pinyin English Definition
1 一对 一對 duì couple; pair
2 夫妻 husband and wife; married couple
3 他们 他們 men they
4 出去 chū to go out
5 吃饭 吃飯 chī fàn to have a meal; to eat; to make a living
6 妻子 zi wife
7 突然 rán suddenly, sudden; abrupt; unexpected
8 big; huge; large; major; great; wide; deep; older (than); oldest; eldest; greatly; very much; (dialect) father; father’s elder or younger brother
9 jiào to shout; to call; to order; to ask; to be called; by (indicates agent in the passive mood); variant of
10 ā interjection of surprise; Ah!; Oh!
11 I; me; my
12 wàng to forget; to overlook; to neglect
13 le (modal particle intensifying preceding clause); (completed action marker)
14 guān to close; to shut; to turn off; to concern; to involve
15 瓦斯 gas (loanword)
16 可能 néng might (happen); possible; probable; possibility; probability; maybe; perhaps; Classifiers:
17 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: )
18 发生 發生 shēng to happen; to occur; to take place; to break out
19 火灾 火災 huǒ zāi fire (that burns buildings etc)
20 丈夫 zhàng fu husband; Classifiers:
21 㕁, 卻 què old variant of ; but; yet; however; while; nevertheless; even though
22 安慰 ān wèi to comfort; to console; Classifiers:
23 she
24 shuì to persuade
25 没关系 沒關係 méi guānxi it doesn’t matter
26 反正 fǎn zhèng anyway; in any case; to come over from the enemy’s side
27 also; too
28 洗手台 shǒu tái vanity unit

洗手to wash one’s hands; to go to the toilet

29 shuǐ water; river; liquid
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