CCTV.com - CNTV English - CCTV News

Lesson 029 Weather (1)

07-08-2010 15:03 BJT

Yajie: 早上好,everyone. Thanks for joining us again on Chinese Studio. I'm Yajie.
Cam: 大家早上好(dàjiā zǎoshang hǎo), I’m Cam. As summer comes it's becoming hotter and hotter here in Beijing. And sometimes we even get a mid-summer rainfall. So it's quite important to learn some key words about weather.
Yajie:  Right. Let's listen to our Key Words of the Day.

************Key words of the day
Today we’ll learn expressions about weather. 今天的天气预报你听了吗?今天最高气温多少度?最低气温多少度?All in today’s Chinese Studio. 
***********

Yajie: 今天的天气预报你听了吗?Did you hear today's weather report?
Cam: 今天的天气预报你听了吗?(jīntiān de tiānqì yùbào nǐ tīng le ma?)
Yajie: 今天 means today. J-i-n, 今, the first tone; t-i-a-n, 天, also the first tone. Together it's 今天.jīntiān.
Cam: 今天jīntiān. And tomorrow is 明天, right?
Yajie: Yes. 天气 means weather. T-i-an, the first tone, 气, qi, the fourth tone. 天气
Cam: 天气 (tiānqì).
Yajie: 预报, forecast. 预, y-u, the fourth tone; and 报, b-a-o, also the fourth tone. 预报.
Cam: 预报(yùbào).
Yajie: 听, t-i-n-g, the first tone. 听.
Cam: 听(tīng).
Yajie: As we mentioned before, 了 suggests the completion of an action and 吗 is a question mark. The answer to the question could be yes or no. If it's positive, you could say 听了.
Cam: 听了.
Yajie: If it's negative, you could say没听.
Cam: 没听(mei ting).

Conversations

Yajie: As you heard “今天最高气温三十度。” which means, "Today's high temperature is 30 degrees."
Cam: 今天最高气温三十度。(jīntiān zuìgāo qìwèn sānshí dù.)
Yajie: 今天, today. 最高, the highest.
Cam: 最高(zuìgāo).
Yajie: 最, z-u-i, , meaning the most.
Cam: 最 (zuì).
Yajie: 高, g-a-o , meaning high.
Cam: 高 (gāo).
Yajie: 最高(zuìgāo).
Cam: 最高(zuìgāo). Then what is the low in Chinese?
Yajie: It's最低(zuìdī).
Cam: 最低(zuìdī).
Yajie: 低, d-i, the first tone.
Cam: 低(dī).
Yajie: 度 means degree, as a measure word. 度, du, the fourth tone.
Cam: 度 (dù).

Conversations

Yajie: When you answer the question “今天最高气温多少?”, you can just answer with today's forecast high. In this case, you can just say “三十度”.
Cam: Ok. That's easy for me. 三十度

**********Key words reminder
Today we’ll learn expressions about weather. 今天的天气预报你听了吗?Did you hear today's weather report? 今天最高气温多少度?What's today's high temperature? 最低气温多少度?And what's the low?
***********

Cam: Well, in the West people often start their topics by talking about the weather. What's the situation here in China? 
Yajie: Here people would start their talks by asking "ni chi le ma?Have you eaten?"
Cam: Right!  I remember that from an earlier lesson.  That wraps up today's show. Congratulations to the lucky listener Rick Schatzman from America. You've won a CRI gift. And if you want a chance to win – just like Rick - here's your chance.  Yajie, what is today's question?
Yajie: In Chinese, how do you say “Today's high temperature is 30 degrees.”? Send your answer to Chinese@crifm.com.
Cam: You can also send questions or comments to that same E-mail address.  Again, it is 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. 再见!
Cam: 明天见(mingtian jian)!

Editor:Shi Taoyang |Source: CRI

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program