posted by murrayjames on March 5, 2014 | 6 comments
My student wrote in his homework (about a male soul singer):

第4首很好听 但是男的唱高音还是都点不得劲

I know that 不得劲 is 北方方言. Does it mean 不好意思 (i.e., it's embarrassing for a man to sing that high)?

Also, is there a standard pronunciation of this word? 汉语大词典 has bù jìnr, while 百度百科 says bù děijìnr.
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Grace Qi on March 6, 2014 | reply
Technically according to the meaning of 不得劲儿(cannot fully utilize your energy; doesn't have enough strength...) It should be 得dé(to obtain). But 不得dei3劲 is more commonly used. It's 方言so that would depend on how you look at "standard". ;)

不得劲儿 has several meanings:







Here in this sentence 第4首很好听 但是男的唱高音还是有点不得劲

不得劲 is used to describe your student's feeling which is uncomfortable 不舒服, 不合适 - doesn't feel right, not appropriate. So here it's more like mentally 不舒服 or maybe physically - it depends on how your student reacted to that 男高音;)
roamerhu on March 7, 2014 | reply
It looks that the male singer did not sing well on the 4th song
624223084 on March 22, 2014 | reply
Dalian dialect is 不得劲儿 bu4 de3 jinr4

bu4 dei3 jinr4 is also correct.

bu4 de2 jinr4 is a bit strange to me.

yes, "bù dě jìnr" just means "sb. not suitable" or "sth. a bit strange".
624223084 on March 23, 2014 | reply
不对劲 bú duì jìn