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Lesson 115 - At Sea

07-14-2010 11:02 BJT

Yajie:  Perfect Chinese your way, in only five minutes a day. Welcome to Chinese Studio on CRI, wo shi Yajie.
Chris:  And wo shi Chris. Yajie, I love these swimming lessons, let’s continue with more words in the water.
YJ: Okay, let’s start with Key Words of the Day.

Key Words of the Day
coral, 珊瑚(shan1hu2); sea cucumber 海参(hai3shen1); dolphin, 海豚(hai3tun2); waterslide滑水道(hua2shui3dao4).我喜欢打沙滩排球。(wo3 xi3huan da3 sha1 tan1 pai2qiu2)I like playing beach volleyball. All in today’s Chinese Studio.

Chris: Yajie, the fantastic thing that I experienced in my last visit to Hawaii is doing the diverse diving. And you can’t imagine how beautiful the underwater world is! For example, the corals, the sea cucumbers, and  even the dolphins… so I would like to learn the Chinese for these animals.
YJ: No problems, let’s learn them together. First one is 珊瑚(shan1hu2), which is coral. The first tone and second tone.
Chris: 珊瑚(shan1hu2).
Yajie: 海参(hai3shen1), sea cucumber. The third tone, and the first tone.
Chris: 海参(hai3shen1)
Yajie: and dolphin is 海豚(hai3tun2), . The third tone, and the second tone.
Chris: 海豚(hai3tun2)


Chris: Yajie, then I step on the soft beach, how do I say beach in Chinese?
YJ: it’s 沙滩。
Chris: sha1 tan1.
YJ:Yes. And after diving, you may like to join the popular sports on the beach which is…
Chris: beach volleyball!
YJ: Right, we learned volleyball before, do you still remember that?
Chris: Yes. It’s pai2 qiu2.
YJ: Good. Then beach volleyball is 沙滩排球(sha1 tan1 pai2 qiu2).
Chris: 沙滩排球(sha1 tan1 pai2 qiu2). Yajie, I love playing it… and in Chinese it would be…
YJ: 我喜欢打沙滩排球。(wo3 xi3huan da3 sha1 tan1 pai2qiu2)
Chris: 我喜欢打沙滩排球。(wo3 xi3huan da3 sha1 tan1 pai2qiu2)
YJ: 我(wo3) is I
Chris: 我(wo3)
YJ: 喜欢(xi3huan), like to
Chris: 喜欢 (xi3huan)
YJ: 打(da3)here it means to play
Chris: 打(da3)
YJ: 我喜欢打沙滩排球。(wo3 xi3huan da3 sha1 tan1 pai2qiu2)I like playing beach volleyball.
Chris: 我喜欢打沙滩排球。(wo3 xi3huan da3 sha1 tan1 pai2qiu2)


Chris: And also I like going down the waterslide. Could you please tell me how do the Chinese people say waterslide?
Yajie: Sure. It’s 滑水道(hua2shui3dao4), waterslide.
Chris: 滑水道(hua2shui3dao4),
Yajie: hua2 means to have a slide on…
Chris: hua2.
YJ: dao4 means a passage or path.
Chris: dao4.
YJ: Together it’s 滑水道(hua2shui3dao4) waterslide.
Chris: 滑水道(hua2shui3dao4)


Key Words Reminder
coral, 珊瑚(shan1hu2); sea cucumber 海参(hai3shen1); dolphin, 海豚(hai3tun2); waterslide滑水道(hua2shui3dao4).我喜欢打沙滩排球。(wo3 xi3huan da3 sha1 tan1 pai2qiu2)I like playing beach volleyball.

Yajie: We’ve spent a week in the water, so-to-speak, Chris, so I hope you can now talk about swimming more confidently in Chinese!
Chris:  Absolutely.  It’s been a lot of fun.  Now to our question of the day:  How do you say “I like playing beach volleyball.” in Chinese?
Yajie:  Please send your answer to and you might win a CRI prize. Zai jian.
Chris:  Zai jian!


Editor:Shi Taoyang |Source: CRI

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