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Lesson 110 - Dating (2)

07-14-2010 11:02 BJT

YJ: Perfect Chinese your way, in only five minutes a day. Welcome to Chinese Studio on CRI., wo shi Yajie, and together with me is James.
James: And hello everybody, wo shi James. Yajie, it seems that our topic once again today is very useful…
YJ: You are right, today we are going to learn some phrases you can use in a bar. 

Key Words of the Day
Would you like to dance? 能跳支舞吗?(neng2 tiao4 zhi1 wu3 ma?) Let me buy you a drink, ok? 我请你喝一杯,好吗?(wo3 qing3 ni3 he1 yi4 bei1,hao3 ma1?) What would you like to drink? 想喝点什么?(xiang3 he1 dian3 shen2me)  All in today’s Chinese Studio.

James: Yajie, I’d like to invite that pretty girl to dance. But how do you say that in Chinese?
YJ: Well, you can say “能跳支舞吗?(neng2 tiao4 zhi1 wu3 ma?)”
James: 能跳支舞吗?(neng2 tiao4 zhi1 wu3 ma?)
YJ: 能 (neng2) means can or could.
James: 能 (neng2)
YJ: 跳舞 (tiao4 wu3), to dance, the fourth tone and the third tone.
James: 跳舞 (tiao4 wu3). But you said just now 跳支舞(tiao4 zhi1 wu3). What does that mean?
YJ: Good question, James. 支 (zhi1), z-h-i, the third tone. It’s a measure word. You can use it to modify a song. For example, you can say “一支歌(yi4 zhi1 ge1)”, which means a song.
James: 一支歌(yi4 zhi1 ge1). I see. So支(zhi1) can also modify 舞 (wu3), dance. Right?
YJ: Yes. So you can say 跳支舞(tiao4 zhi1 wu3), to have a dance with me.
James: 跳支舞(tiao4 zhi1 wu3), to dance.
YJ: It’s also ok to say 跳个舞(tiao4 ge4 wu3), with the measure word “个(ge4)”, the four tone.
James: 跳个舞(tiao4 ge41 wu3)
YJ: Right. Now let’s repeat the whole sentence.. 能跳支舞吗?(neng2 tiao4 zhi1 wu3 ma?) Would you like to have a dance with me?
James: 能跳支舞吗?(neng2 tiao4 zhi1 wu3 ma?)

Conversation1:

James:So,Yajie, besides dancing, I would also like to buy her a drink, so could you please tell me how to say that in Chinese as well?
YJ: Sure. You can say “我请你喝一杯,好吗?”Let me buy you a drink, ok?
James:我请你喝一杯,好吗?(wo3 qing3 ni3 he1 yi4 bei1,hao3 ma1?)
YJ:我wo3 means I
James:我wo3
YJ:请qing3, originally means to invite, here it means to buy.
James:请qing3.
YJ:你ni3 is you.
James:你ni3.
YJ:喝一杯he1 yi4 bei1, to have a drink.
James:喝一杯he1 yi4 bei1
YJ:好吗hao3 ma? Is it ok?
James:好吗 hao3 ma?
YJ:Let’s repeat the whole sentence together. 我请你喝一杯,好吗?(wo3 qing3 ni3 he1 yi4 bei1,hao3 ma1?) 
James:我请你喝一杯,好吗?(wo3 qing3 ni3 he1 yi4 bei1,hao3 ma1?)

Conversation2:

James: Yajie, I’m lucky to buy that girl a drink, but how do I ask her what drink she would like? 
YJ: You can say想喝点什么?(xiang3 he1 dian3 shen2me?)
James: 想喝点什么?(xiang3 he1 dian3 shen2me?) What would you like to drink?
YJ: 想 (xiang3), want to.
James: 想 (xiang3)
YJ: 喝 (he1), to drink, the first tone.
James: 喝 (he1)
YJ: 点 (dian3), a little.
James: 点 (dian3)
YJ: 什么 (shen2me), what.
James: 什么 (shen2me)
YJ: 想喝点什么?(xiang3 he1 dian3 shen2me?)
James: 想喝点什么?(xiang3 he1 dian3 shen2me?) What would you like to drink?

Conversation3:

Key Words Reminder
Would you like to dance? 能跳支舞吗?(neng2 tiao4 zhi1 wu3 ma?) Let me buy you a drink, ok? 我请你喝一杯,好吗?(wo3 qing3 ni3 he1 yi4 bei1,hao3 ma1?)What would you like to drink? 想喝点什么?(xiang3 he1 dian3 shen2me?)

YJ: Now it’s time for our question of the day.  How do you say, “Let me buy you a drink, ok?” in Chinese?
James: And you can send your answer to Chinese@crifm.com. We'll see you tomorrow!
yj: Ming tian jian.

 

Editor:Shi Taoyang |Source: CRI

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