The Tick (shanrina) wrote in linguaphiles,
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"Taking a break" in Chinese?

I'm watching a movie, Saving Face, which is apparently in English, Mandarin, and Shanghainese. One of the characters is a dancer, and she's having a conversation in either Mandarin or Shanghainese (I speak neither and therefore don't know which it was). She's talking about her dance career, and she says that she's taking a break from dancing at one place to dance somewhere else. However, the character fumbles and switches to English (which appears to be her first language) when she says "taking a break." Is the construction for that especially difficult, is there no expression for that in Mandarin or Shanghainese, or could it have just been a choice on the part of the director/scriptwriter?

Tags: chinese, mandarin

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