Noun + adjective + 得 + 不得了
We just started working on Chapter 19 of Integrated Chinese last week, and part of the homework had us practicing the phrase 不得了 (bùdéliǎo), which means extremely or exceedingly. It usually follows this pattern:
noun + adjective + 得 + 不得了。
Noun is extremely adjective.
Nuówēi lěng de bùdéliǎo.
Norway is extremely cold.
Lǐ Yǒu yònggōng de bùdéliǎo.
Li You is extremely hardworking.
This sentence pattern is very useful. In fact, I’ve even been able to use it with one of my coworkers. If they receive a suspicious email, I encourage the users I support to send the email to me to see if it is legitimate or if it’s a scam. This morning, a 中国人 coworker sent me an email that was suspicious, and I replied:
I think it’s extremely bad.
Maybe it’s overkill to describe a spam email, but it was a good chance to practice, and she complimented my Chinese 🙂