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Lesson 024 Revision of Birthday Expressions

07-08-2010 15:03 BJT

Yajie: Perfect Chinese your way,in only five minutes a day. Welcome to Chinese Studio on China Radio International. I’m Yajie.
Cam: Good morning I’m Cam. Yajie, we have learned a lot lately.  It’s probably a good time to review.
Yajie: Good idea. Let’s hear Sentences in the Week.

************** Sentences in the Week
This week we’ve learned some popular birthday and holiday expressions. They are: 祝你生日快乐!Happy Birthday! 祝你身体健康!I wish you good health! 祝你春节快乐 Happy Spring Festival ! All in Sentences in the Week

Yajie: Our first expression is. “祝你生日快乐!” is how we would wish somebody a happy birthday. 祝你 is used to express good wishes, sometimes with the implication of “congratulating in advance”. 祝,  zhù, the forth tone. It means offering good wishes. 你, means you. 祝你 together means I wish you….
Cam: 祝你 (zhù nǐ).
Yajie: 生日 is birthday.
Cam: 生日(shēng rì).
Yajie: 快乐 means happy.
Cam: 快乐(kuài lè).
Yajie: 祝你生日快乐!
Cam: 祝你生日快乐(zhù nǐ shēng rì kuài lè).


Yajie: Besides, there are some other relevant expressions. For example, you can say祝你身体健康. which means “I wish you good health”  身体is body. 身, s-h-e-n, shēn, the first tone; 体, t-i, tǐ, the third tone.
Cam: 身体, shēn tǐ.
Yajie: 健康 means fine, or healthy. 健, j-i-a-n, jiàn, the forth tone; and 康, k-a-ng-, kāng, the first tone.
Cam: 健康 (jiànkāng).
Yajie: So it’s祝你身体健康(zhù nǐ shēntǐ jiànkāng).
Cam: 祝你身体健康(zhù nǐ shēntǐ jiànkāng).


Yajie: Also we learned some expressions to congratulate someone during the Spring Festival.
Cam: It’s 祝你春节快乐(zhù nǐ chūnjié kuàilè)!
Yajie: The answer to it should be 谢谢!春节快乐! Thanks. Happy Spring Festival!
Cam: 谢谢!春节快乐!
Yajie: Or you can say谢谢!同乐,同乐!同乐 means “you too”. 同 means together and 乐is short for 快乐, which means happiness!
Cam: 谢谢!同乐,同乐!(xièxie! Tóng lè, tónglè!)
Yajie: Sometimes people can also say 祝你万事如意! 万事 means all things. 万, is actually a number, ten thousand. 万, w-a-n, the fourth tone. 事 means thing. 事, s-h-i, also the fourth tone. So in Chinese, ten thousand things stand for everything.
Cam: 万事(wànshì)
Yajie: 如意 means comply with one’s wishes.
Cam: 祝你万事如意! (zhù nǐ wànshì rúyì!)

************** Sentences in the Week
This week we’ve learned some popular birthday and holiday expressions. they are: 祝你生日快乐!Happy Birthday! 祝你身体健康!I wish you good health! 祝你春节快乐 Happy Spring Festival.

Cam: I remember that we also learned how to say “here’s a gift. Please accept it.” in Chinese, right?
Yajie: Yes.
Cam: And it’s 我送你一件礼物,请收下(wǒ sòng nǐ yí jiàn lǐwù, qǐng shōuxià.)。
Yajie: Yes, 我送你一件礼物,请收下.(wǒ sòng nǐ yí jiàn lǐwù, qǐng shōuxià.)


Yajie: OK, that’s it for this week. Don’s forget you can win a CRI gift by answering the question of the day: How do you say “I wish you good health!” in Chinese.
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Cam: 下周见! (xià zhōu jiàn)
Yajie: 下周见!

Editor:Shi Taoyang |Source: CRI

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