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Lesson 086 – Bank (1)

07-13-2010 11:28 BJT

Cam:  It’s time to perfect Chinese your way in only 5 minutes a day. Welcome to Chinese Studio here on China Radio International.  I’m Cam.
YJ:  Dajia hao… wo shi Yajie.  Cam, you were telling me that you have a hard time at the bank, because the tellers don’t speak English.
Cam:  Right.  All I want to do is withdraw some money!
Yajie:  That’s easy.  Listen to Key Words of the Day.

Key Words of the Day
I want to withdraw some money. 我想取点钱。(wo3 xiang3 qu3 dian3 qian2) How much? 取多少钱?(qu3 duo2shao qian2) Can I transfer money? 我能转帐吗?(wo3 neng2 zhuan3 zhang4 ma?) I lost my bank card. 我的银行卡丢了(wo3 de yin2hang2 ka3 diu1 le.)。All in today’s Chinese Studio.

Cam:  Okay, first thing first. I need to withdraw some money from the bank. So how do I ask that?
YJ: You can say我想取点钱。(wo3 xiang3 qu3 dian3 qian2)
Cam: 我想取点钱。(wo3 xiang3 qu3 dian3 qian2)
YJ: 我(wo3) means I.
Cam: 我(wo3)
YJ: 想, x-i-a-n-g, the third tone, means want to.
Cam: 想 (xiang3)
YJ: 取 (qu3), q-u, the third tone. Here it means withdraw.
Cam: 取 (qu3)
YJ: dian is short for yi dian, means some. Actually we’ve mentioned it several times.
Cam: right. Dian.
YJ: 钱(qian2), money.
Cam: 钱(qian2)
YJ: 我想取点钱。(wo3 xiang3 qu3 dian3 qian2) I want to withdraw some money.
Cam: 我想取点钱。(wo3 xiang3 qu3 dian3 qian2)

Conversation1:

YJ: Of course, you need to give more information. Generally the teller will ask you : How much ? 取多少钱?(qu3 duo2shao qian2)
Cam: 取多少钱?(qu3 duo2shao qian2)
YJ: 取(qu3),withdraw, 多少( duo2shao3 ), how much?
Cam: 多少( duo2shao)
YJ: 钱 (qian2), money.
Cam: 钱 (qian2)
YJ: 取多少钱?(qu3 duo2shao qian2)
Cam: 取多少钱?(qu3 duo2shao qian2) How much money would you like to withdraw?
YJ: or just 取多少?(qu3 duo1 shao3 ) for short. The answer could simply be a number, or a number plus 钱 (qian2) For instance, if you want to get 1,000 yuan, you can say 一千块 (yi4 qian1 kuai4).
Cam: Ok. That's easy. It’s just like what we do in English.

Conversation2:

Cam: Yajie, I also want to transfer money. So how do i do that?
YJ: 我能转帐吗?(wo3 neng2 zhuan3 zhang4 ma?)
Cam: 能(neng2), means can, right?
YJ: Yes. And 转帐 (zhuan3 zhang4) is to transfer money from one bank account to another.
Cam: 转帐 (zhuan3 zhang4)
YJ: 我能转帐吗?(wo3 neng2 zhuan3 zhang4 ma?) Can I transfer money?
Cam: 我能转帐吗?(wo3 neng2 zhuan3 zhang4 ma?)

Conversation3:

Cam: Yajie, I lost my bank card last week. I know this happens to many Laowai. So what’s Chinese for that?
YJ: 我的银行卡丢了(wo3 de yin2hang2 ka3 diu1 le.)。I'm sorry to hear that, but you can say 我的银行卡丢了。I lost my bank card.
Cam: 我的银行卡丢了(wo3 de yin2hang2 ka3 diu1 le).
YJ: 我的(wo3 de) means mine.
Cam: 我的(wo3 de)
YJ: 银行卡 (yin2hang2 ka3), bank card.
Cam: 银行卡 (yin2hang2 ka3
YJ: 丢了(diu1 le), lost.
Cam: 丢了(diu1 le).
YJ: 我的银行卡丢了(wo3 de yin2hang2 ka3 diu1 le.)。
Cam: 我的银行卡丢了(wo3 de yin2hang2 ka3 diu1 le.)。I lost my bank card.

Conversation4:

Key Words Reminder

I want to withdraw some money. 我想取点钱。(wo3 xiang3 qu3 dian3 qian2) How much? 取多少钱?(qu3 duo2shao qian2) Can I transfer money? 我能转帐吗?(wo3 neng2 zhuan3 zhang4 ma?) I lost my bank card. 我的银行卡丢了(wo3 de yin2hang2 ka3 diu1 le.)。

Cam:  So now I can hopefully now get a replacement for my lost bank card.  I know what to say!
YJ: Yes, but don’t lose it again, because it causes lots of trouble!  Just in case, here is our question of the day for our listeners. How do you say “I lost my bank card” in Chinese? 
Cam: You can  send your answer to Chinese@crifm.com and you might win a prize. See ya tomorrow!
YJ: Zai jian.

Editor:Shi Taoyang |Source: CRI

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