Learn Chinese in 3 Minutes with Micro-drama, Nothing But Breaking Up

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(bù guò shì fēn shǒu) or Nothing But Breaking Up is a ‘micro-drama’ made up of eight 3-minute long episode. The series is fast paced, extremely engaging and also a great tool for learning Chinese!

These super short mini shows are the newest novelty to come out of China’s video streaming app (dǒu yīn). Unfortunately, 抖音 (dǒu yīn) Douyin is not available for people not using a Chinese app store, but luckily, it can be accessed on both iQiyi and YouTube!

不过是分手 (guò shì fēnshǒu) Nothing But Breaking Uptells the story of (chén sī xián) Chen Sixian, a young man who feels trapped in a relationship with his college sweetheart, (xiǎo ) Xiao Yu, who is constantly ‘breaking up’ with him. When she goes to Shanghai on a business trip, Sixian decides to go out with an old flame but gets caught out. After suffering a tragedy, Sixian goes on a journey to try and turn back time and change that regrettable night.

Using 不过是分手 to Learn Chinese in 3 Minutes

Although some of the narration is quite fast, most video streaming services, including YouTube and iQiyi allow you to change the speed of the video so that, if needed, you can take more time to watch the subtitles.

Watch the whole series on iQiyi 

Tips For Watching:

1. Learn or review the words in the vocabulary list below:

I have created a list of words to learn that you may not be familiar with for the following episode. You can click on each of them and (if you’re logged on to your Written Chinese account online) add them as a flashcard to learn

2. Watch with subtitles turned on

To get a better understanding of what’s been said, turn on the subtitles for the episode so that you can follow along.

3. Slow down the speed of the show

The speed is quite fast, especially of Chen Si Xian’s opening monologue. There are options to slow the speed to half or even a quarter of the speed in order for you to read the subtitles.

4. Test your understanding of the English translation

You can watch the show with English subtitles on Youtube, or you can read the script below! You can also download the script and read it along with the show.

Let’s get started…

不过是分手 Nothing But Breaking Up

Episode 1 Vocabulary

  • (fēnshǒu) to break up
  • (gāozhōng shén) high school ‘goddess’ / sweetheart
  • (jiě shì) explain / explanation
  • (zhǔnbèi jiéhūn) prepare to get married
  • (zhuīyì) reminisce
  • (shú xī) familiar
  • GG – used to express ‘game over’ to praise the opponent.
  • (lěngjìng) cool-headed/calm
  • (sǒng) ‘terrified’ but in this situation means ‘to give in’
  • (yìng qì) firm / strong willed
  • (hòu huǐ) to regret
  • (bì jìng) after all
  • (gēnzōng) to follow
  • (fān lái fù qù) to toss and turn (sleeplessly)
  • (zhì piàn rén) producer
  • (dǎo yǎn) director
  • (biān jù) screenwriter
  • (shè yǐng shī) camera operator

(běn) Script

Please note, the English translation is not a word-for-word translation of the Chinese, but has been modified slightly to sound more natural. Click on the Chinese linked text to see each character and their meaning.

。( de jǐnggào shì zuìhòu yī biàn, guǒ nǐ yào fēnshǒu wǒ yě suíbiàn) It’s my last warning, if you want to break up, I will do as you want.

(Wáng jùn dǎoyǎn zuòpǐn) The work of the director, Wang Zijun

陈思贤 (chén sī xián) Chen Sixian:

,( de péng you xiǎo yǔ yǒu huán máobìng)My girlfriend, Xiao Yu has a bad habit:

。(tài ài jiǎng fēnshǒu) she loves to say ‘let’s break up’.

,(háizǐ ma) Girls…

,(ài shēngqì) become angry easily

,(kě yǐ jiě) this, I can understand…

? (shì tiāntiān fēnshǒu yě hǎo ba) But threatening to break up every day isn’t good, right?

,(jīnnián zhǔnbèi jiéhūn) This year, we’re planning to get married,

。(shì shí houhǎohǎo tán tán le) so it’s time to talk about it.

。(bùguò shì bù shi xiànzài) Only not right now.

。(xiànzài xiǎo yǔ yīnggāi zài fēishàng) Right now, Xiao Yu should be on a flight.

,(zhè shì gāozhōng de shén) This my high school sweetheart

,(péng you quān jiàn lái le shēnzhèn) I saw on my friend ‘moments’ that she was in Shenzhen

,(jiǎndān liú le gè yán) so I just left (her) a message,  

,(tā yuē chī wǎnfàn) and she invited me to dinner.

,(hái zài yóude shíhòu) I hesitated,

。(jiù jīng dào zhèlǐ le) but I’m here now.

,( men zhuīyì le měihǎo de guò qu) We reminisce about good times,

,(gǎnkǎi le kān de xiànzài) sighing over the hardships of nowadays.

,(bù jì de yǒu méiyǒu zhǎnwàng wèilái) I forget if we talked about the future.

,(ránhòu jiù shén me dōu bù jì de le) Then, I don’t remember anything.

… (zhí dào tīngdào shúxī de shēngyīn) Until I heard a familiar voice…

(xiǎo ) Xiao Yu

陈思贤! (chén sī xián) Chen Sixian!

陈思贤 (chén sī xián) Chen Sixian:

小羽…(xiǎo yǔ) Xiao Yu…

GG Game over

。(bù zhī dao wèishén me xiǎo huì chūxiàn) I don’t know why Xiao Yu appeared…

。(wèishén me huì bào zhe Jiā qí) or why I’m hugging Jia Qi

。(lěng jìng, lěngjìng) Stay calm, Stay calm.

。(wǒ xiǎng wǒ shì yǐ jiěshì qīng chu de) I think I can explain clearly.

小羽… (xiǎo yǔ) Xiao Yu…

(xiǎo ) Xiao Yu

。(wǒ zhī dao zhè yī bāzhǎng huìhuì tài guòfèn) I don’t know if the slap was too much.

,(yīn wèi shànghǎi shànghǎi xià le bàoyǔ) Because there was torrential rain in Shanghai

,(háng bān xiāo le) the flight was cancelled.

,(méi dài yào shi) I didn’t have my key,

,(huí liǎo jiā) so I couldn’t go back home.

,(diàn huà jiē) He didn’t pick up the phone

,(zài ménkǒu děng de zi è) I waited at the door until I got hungry

,(chūzhǎo chī de) then I went to find food.

(jiù zài wǒ liǎ jīngcháng qù de cāntīng ménkǒu) I was just at the entrance of the restaurant we often go to.

陈思贤!(chén sī xián) Chen Sixian!

陈思贤 (chén sī xián) Chen Sixian:

。 (xiǎo yǔ, nǐ tīng wǒ jiě shì) Xiao Yu, I can explain (listen to my explanation).

(xiǎo ) Xiao Yu

。(zuìhǎo gěi wǒ jiě shì qīng chu) You had better explain

?!(yǒu shén me hǎo jiěshì de) What’s the explanation?!

!(fēnshǒu ba) We’re breaking up!

陈思贤 (chén sī xián) Chen Sixian:

。(yòu shuō fēnshǒu) Again, you say let’s breakup

,(qī nián le) It’s been 7 years

。(měi cì yī shuō fēnshǒu wǒ jiù sǒng) and every time you say ‘let’s break up’ I give in.

。(zhèyào yìng qì huí) This time I won’t give in. (I’ll be firm)

。(fēnshǒu jiù fēnshǒu) Let’s break up

。(yǒu wán méi wán) I’m done with this.

(xiǎo ) Xiao Yu

?(chén sī xián, nǐ shuō shén me a) Chen Sixian,what did you say?!

陈思贤 (chén sī xián) Chen Sixian:

,(měiyī shēngqì) Every time you get angry

,(jiù shuō fēnshǒu) you say ‘let’s break up’,

? (hái néng shēngcì le) and I can’t get angry once?

(xiǎo ) Xiao Yu

。(xíng. bié hòuhuǐ)OK, then don’t regret this.

陈思贤 (chén sī xián) Chen Sixian:

。(bùnéng sǒng, néng sǒng)Don’t give in, don’t give in

。(chènhuì, ràng yě fǎnxǐng xià zǒng shuō fēnshǒu zhè jiàn shì) This is an opportunity,for her to reflect on the mistake of always saying ‘let’s break up’.

,(nǐ měishuō fēnshǒu) Every time you say ‘let’s break up’

?(hòuhuǐ guò ma) did you regret it?

!(yǔ, nǐ zǒu le kě bié hòuhuǐ) Li Siyu, don’t regret walking away!

Jiaqi’s MSG:

!(lǎo tóngxué, zhù xīnhūn kuàilè bùyào rě sǎo zi shēngqì ó) Old classmate, congratulations beforehand on your happy wedding. Don’t make sister-in-law (Xiao Yu) angry!

陈思贤 (chén sī xián) Chen Sixian:

. (zhèxià chèdǐ GG le) This is completely game over.

(kuài shí diǎn le hái huíjiā) It’s almost 11 and she’s still not home

?(huì qù nǎr) Where did she go?

。(bùxíng, shéi xiān diànhuà jiù shū le) No, I lose if I call first.

。(wǒ yòu méi zuòcuò shén me) I didn’t do anything wrong.

,(bì jìng bào le biérén) After all… I was hugging someone else,

。(tā yīnggāi shēngqì) so she has the right to be angry.

,(dànshì tā jūrán gēnzōng wǒ) But she was stalking me!

。(hái piàn qù shànghǎi gěi wǒ xià tào) She tricked me with her trip to Shanghai.

(zhè jiù jiù duì le ba) That’s not right.

(kě shì lùn rú) But no matter what

(bìjìng qī nián le) we’ve been together for 7 years.

(bù guò) But…

,(āi, xiǎng le, xiǎng le) Forget about it

。(dōu lěngjìng xià yě hǎo) (Let’s) both calm down

。(shuì jiào, shuìjiào) and go to bed.

(fānláiqù shuì bùzháo) I Tossed and turned, but can’t sleep.

。(háishì jiěshì xià ba) Nevertheless, let me explain to her.

… (nínhǎo, nín jiào de yònghù zànshí)  Sorry, the user you are calling……

。 (āi, yī chǎojià jiù guānjī) She turned off the phone because we fought.

(nínhǎo, nín jiào de yònghù zànshí wújiētōng)  Sorry, the user you are calling cannot be connected

? (hái zài shēng qì) (She’s) still angry?

(nínhǎo, nín jiào de yònghù zànshí wújiētōng) Sorry, the user you are calling cannot be connected.

X Fuck

。(yòu shì zhǐyǒu nǐ huì kuài shēngqì)You’re not the only one who’s angry.

您好,您拨叫的用… (nínhǎo, nín jiào de yòng) Sorry, the u…

。(hǎodǎi jiē gè diànhuà bào gè píngān) It doesn’t matter how just answer the phone to say everything is ok.

(nínhǎo, nín jiào de yònghù zànshí wújiētōng) Sorry, the user you are calling cannot be connected.

?(háishì bùkěn jiē, huì chūshì le ba) (She) still doesn’t answer the phone, has there been an accident?

。 (bú shì ba, zhèxià chèdǐ GG le) Oh no,it’s completely game over…

(xià gào) In the next episode…

,(zhè lǐ shì nánshān jiāojǐng zhōng duì) This is Nanshan traffic police,

(wǎn shang shí diǎn shí fēn zuǒyòu) At about 11:40 in the evening…

(běi huán fù jìn shēng le yī jiāotōng shìgù) …there was an accident near Beihuan (Avenue)

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