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走走 (2/2)

English translation: strolling

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Chinese term or phrase:走走
English translation:strolling
Entered by: peiling
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15:45 Aug 10, 2006
Chinese to English translations [Non-PRO]
Social Sciences - Education / Pedagogy / Grammatikalische Analyse (Grammatical Analysis)
Chinese term or phrase: 走走 (2/2)
Sentence: 香港的夜景是世界有名的,怪不得那外
國人喜歡晚上到山上去走走。

1st Attempt: Hong Kong's nighttime glitter is world famous. Is it any wonder that that foreigner enjoys climbing Hong Kong's hilltops at night.

Question One: What is the meaning of 不得? I have seen and heard the pattern A不得 many times, and would very much like a clear understanding of its use. Please provide a variety of examples.

Question Two: What does 走走 mean? Is this colloquial language? It appears that the author is making fun of the foreigner and saying something like "running around","romping about", or "going here and there". You know, like a rabbit without a destination!

Reference: http://homepage.mac.com/moogoonghwa/tsongkit/contents.html#p...

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R. A. Stegemann
Saudi Arabia
Local time: 00:03
strolling
Explanation:
Yes it is colloquial and no, the foreigners aren't being made fun of.
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peiling
Germany
Local time: 17:03
Grading comment
Final Rendering: Hong Kong's nighttime glitter is world famous. Is it any wonder that that foreigner enjoys strolling atop Hong Kong's hills at night?

Acknowledgement: My thanks to Peiling and Chinoise for their assistance in understanding the use of 走走 in this context. In the end, there exists a special cable car for this very purpose that is frequently used by Hong Kongers and tourists alike.

Discussion: Please see http://homepage.mac.com/moogoonghwa/tsongkit/part3/III-1-g.html#s14 for further discussion regarding the context of this question.

My very best from the land of no mountains surrounded by sea on many sides.
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Summary of answers provided
5 +2strolling
peiling


  

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58 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 5/5 peer agreement (net): +2
strolling


Explanation:
Yes it is colloquial and no, the foreigners aren't being made fun of.

peiling
Germany
Local time: 17:03
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish, Native in MalayMalay
PRO pts in category: 28
Grading comment
Final Rendering: Hong Kong's nighttime glitter is world famous. Is it any wonder that that foreigner enjoys strolling atop Hong Kong's hills at night?

Acknowledgement: My thanks to Peiling and Chinoise for their assistance in understanding the use of 走走 in this context. In the end, there exists a special cable car for this very purpose that is frequently used by Hong Kongers and tourists alike.

Discussion: Please see http://homepage.mac.com/moogoonghwa/tsongkit/part3/III-1-g.html#s14 for further discussion regarding the context of this question.

My very best from the land of no mountains surrounded by sea on many sides.

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Chinoise
21 hrs

agree  franksf: 怪不得 means "no wonder", 怪 is inseparable from 不得 here.
4 days
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