2015-12-11elementary

Having A Mistress - 有小三

In Chinese, the word for mistress is 小三. It's a word you'll encounter quite often in magazines and TV shows, so it might be worth remembering.

In today's elementary example, a lady unexpectedly answers the phone when Little Ming calls his dad. Could the father possibly be having an affair?

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mā ma
妈妈
媽媽
(informal) mother
 
bà ba
爸爸
爸爸
(informal) father
(negative prefix), not
jiē
to receive, to answer (the phone)
diàn huà
电话
電話
telephone, phone call
 
shì
is, are
ge
classifier for people or objects in general
ā yí
阿姨
阿姨
aunt, woman of similar age to one's parents (term of address used by child)
jiē
to receive, to answer (the phone)
de
(used at the end of a declarative sentence for emphasis)
 
。”
méi xiǎng dào
没想到
沒想到
didn't expect
bà ba
爸爸
爸爸
(informal) father
yǒu
to have, there is
xiǎo sān
小三
小三
mistress, the other woman (coll.)
le
(completed action marker)
 

“Mom, dad didn't answer. It was a lady who answered.” Who would've thought that dad has a mistress!

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Grammar points

In our second sentence we encounter a 是... 的 construction. This is used to emphasize that it was not the dad who answered, but a woman.
You can read more about this grammar structure on the Chinese Grammar Wiki.