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Lesson 027 Bargaining

07-08-2010 15:03 BJT

Yajie: Perfect Chinese your way, in only five minutes a day. Welcome to our Chinese Studio. 早上好 everybody, I’m Yajie.
Cam: And I’m Cam. 早上好(zǎoshang hǎo). What shall we learn today?
Yajie: Last time we learned some expressions when shopping. 元(yuan), 角(jiao), 分(fen).
Cam: 元(yuan), 角(jiao), 分(fen). I also remember 块 (kuai) and 毛 (mao), like六块(liu kuai) and 一毛(yi mao)..
Yajie: Right. 六块(liu kuai) is six yuan ,and一毛(yi mao) is 0.1 yuan.
Cam: OK. Then if I want to buy something, I can ask the seller in Chinese “这个多少钱?” (zhège duōshao qián?) How much is it? Right?
Yajie: Exactly. 这个多少钱?How much is it? If you are not satisfied with the price, In China, you can begin bargaining, and that is what we are going to learn today.
***************Key words of the day
Today we’ll learn expressions for bargaining, and they are: 太贵了,能不能便宜点儿?That’s too expensive. Could it be a little bit cheaper? All in today’s Chinese Studio.

Yajie: When you visit a market in China, you may hear the salesperson asking you “您好,您想买什么?”Hello! Can I help you?
Cam: “您好,您想买什么?” (nín hǎo, nín xiǎng mǎi shénme?)
Yajie: 想 means “want to”. 想, x-i-a-n-g, the third tone. 想(xiǎng).
Cam: 想(xiǎng).
Yajie: 买means buy. 买, m-a-i, also the third tone. 买(mǎi).
Cam: 买(mǎi).
Yajie: 什么 (shenme) means what.
Cam: 什么 (shenme).
Yajie: “您想买什么?” (nín xiǎng mǎi shénme?) What do you want to buy? What would you like to buy?
Cam: “您想买什么?” (nín xiǎng mǎi shénme?)

Yajie: If you are not satisfied with the price, you can say “太贵了。能不能便宜点儿?”. That’s too expensive. Could it be a little bit cheaper?
Cam: 太贵了(tai gui le). Tai means “too” t-o-o and gui le means expensive.  Tai gui le.  Too expensive.
Yajie: 能不能? (néng bu néng) 能means could,  能不能means “Could it be”?
Cam: 能不能? (néng bu néng)
Yajie: 便宜 means cheap. 便宜(pianyi).
Cam: 便宜(pianyi).
Yajie: 点儿is short for 一点儿, meaning a little bit.
Cam: 一点儿(yi dianr).
Yajie: 便宜点儿.
Cam: 便宜点儿 (pianyi dianr).
Yajie: 能不能便宜点儿? (néng bu néng pianyi dianr)
Cam: 能不能便宜点儿? (néng bu néng pianyi dianr)
Yajie: Well, in recent years there are more and more supermarkets and department stores with fixed prices in China. As a result, there are fewer and fewer opportunities for true bargaining.


***************Key words reminder
Today we’ve learned some bargaining expressions, and they are: 太贵了,能不能便宜点儿?That’s too expensive. Could it be a little bit cheaper?
Yajie: Ok, That’s it for this edition of Chinese Studio.  Our question of the day is
: In Chinese, how do you begin bargaining when you are not satisfied with the price. Please tell us in an email. You may win a CRI special prize.
Cam: You can send us your answer along with any questions or comments to  That’s  Or you can visit us on our website at Click learn Chinese, where you can enjoy other free Chinese-learning programs.
Yajie: Well, class is over. 再见!
Cam: 再见!

Editor:Shi Taoyang |Source: CRI

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