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Lesson 023 Here's a Present.

07-08-2010 15:03 BJT

Yajie: Perfect Chinese your way, in only five minutes a day. Welcome to Chinese Studio. I’m Yajie.
Cam: Hi, everyone, I’m Cam. Ni hao ma?
Yajie: Hai xing!Last time we learned some Spring Festival greetings.
Cam: Yes, during the Spring Festival you can say祝你春节快乐(zhù nǐ chūnjié kuàilè)!
Yajie: Well done. 祝你春节快乐(zhù nǐ chūnjié kuàilè)! I wish you a happy Spring Festival.
Cam: Or they will send their best wishes by saying “祝您全家幸福!(zhù nín quánjiā xìngfú!)”.
Yajie: Right. Another saying is 祝你万事如意! “All the best!” Today we’ll continue with the topic of celebrating holidays or birthdays. First let’s check our key words of the day!

************Key words of the day
Today we’ll learn some popular holiday and birthday expressions. 我送你一件礼物,请收下。谢谢你的礼物!您太客气了。All in today’s Chinese Studio. 

Cam: In Canada, people usually bring a gift when attending a birthday party. Is it the same here in China?
Yajie: Yes. More and more people bring gifts for the birthday boy or girl.
Cam: What do you say in Chinese when you are presenting a gift?
Yajie: Well, you could say 我送你一件礼物,请收下(wǒ sòng nǐ yí jiàn lǐwù, qǐng shōuxià.)。Literally it means “here’s a present, please accept it”.
Cam: Such a long sentence. This is going to be tough!
Yajie: Well. No worries. Let’s learn it one by one. 我 is I. We’ve learned it before. Right?
Cam: Yes. 我 (wǒ) is I. And 你(nǐ) is you.
Yajie: Exactly. 送 is a verb. It means sending. 送, s-o-n-g, the fourth tone. 送.
Cam: 送(sòng).
Yajie: 一is the number one.  It means you are giving one present.
Cam: yi
Yajie: 件, here is a measure word. Generally speaking it means piece. 件, j-i-a-n, the fourth tone.
Cam:一件 (yí jiàn).
Yajie: Here comes the word 礼物(lǐwù), gift. 礼, l-i, the third tone. 物, w-u, the forth tone. 礼物(lǐwù)
Cam: 礼物(lǐwù).

Yajie: 请收下means please accept it! 请, the third tone, means please.
Cam: 请 (qǐng).
Yajie: 收下, accept it. 收, s-h-o-u, the first tone..
Cam: 收 (shōu).
Yajie:下, xià.
Cam: 下(xià).
Yajie: 请收下(shōu xià). Please accept it.
Yajie: So together我送你一件礼物,请收下
Cam: wǒ sòng nǐ yí jiàn lǐwù, qǐng shōuxià

Yajie: Well, from the conversation you may learn the answer to我送您一件礼物could be 谢谢你的礼物!您太客气了Thank you for your present, that’s very kind of you.
Cam: 谢谢你的礼物, 您太客气了(xièxie).

**********Key words reminder
Today we’ve learned some popular holiday and birthday expressions.我送你一件礼物,请收下. Here’s a present. Please accept it. 谢谢你的礼物!您太客气了。 Thank you for your gift. That’s very kind of you.
***********
 
Yajie: Well, that wraps up this edition of Chinese Studio. But before we finish it, here comes our question of the day: What do you say in Chinese when you are presenting a gift?
Cam: You can send us questions or comments to Chinese@crifm.com.  That’s Chinese@crifm.com.  Or you can visit us on our website at en.chinabroadcast.cn. Click learn Chinese, where you can enjoy other free Chinese-learning programs.
Yajie: Well class is over. Bye for now.
Cam: 再见!

Editor:Shi Taoyang |Source: CRI

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