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Lesson 125 - Cars (1)

07-14-2010 16:18 BJT

Yajie:  Dajia hao – Welcome to Chinese Studio on CRI – Wo shi Yajie.
Cam: And wo shi Cam. Yajie, I don’t have my driver’s license yet in Beijing, but I really want to get it.
Yajie:  Before you get that, I think you need to know some relevant words and phrases.
Cam:  Yes I do!  Let’s check Key Words of the Day.

Key Words of the Day
Driving. (开车, kai1che1) Parking. (停车,ting2 che1)  Where can I park? (哪儿能停车 Nar3 neng2 ting2 che1) Please fill my tank with gas. 请加满油. (Qing3 jia1 man3 you2.) All in today’s Chinese Studio.

Yajie: The first basic word is driving, which in Chinese is 开车 (kai1che1)
Cam: 开车 (kai1che1)
Yajie: 开(kai1) means to drive.
Cam: 开(kai1), k-a-i, the first tone.
Yajie: 车(che1) means vehicle.
Cam: 车(che1)
Yajie: 开车 (kai1che1), driving
Cam: 开车 (kai1che1)
Yajie: The opposite word to driving is parking, and in Chinese it’s停车(ting2 che1)
Cam: 停车(ting2 che1)
Yajie: 停(ting2) means to stop. T-i-n-g, the second tone.
Cam: 停(ting2)
Yajie: 停车(ting2 che1)
Cam: 停车(ting2 che1), parking
Yajie: 开车 (kai1che1) Driving. 停车(ting2 che1)Parking.
Cam: 开车 (kai1che1);停车(ting2 che1)。


Cam: Yajie, it’s difficult to find a place to park car in big cities. And normally I need to ask for help. Now could you please tell me what’s Chinese for “Where can I park?”
Yajie: Sure. You can say哪儿能停车 (Nar3 neng2 ting2 che1)
Cam:哪儿能停车 (Nar3 neng2 ting2 che1)
Yajie: 哪儿(Nar3), Where.
Cam: 哪儿(Nar3)
Yajie: 能 (neng2), can.
Cam: 能 (neng2)
Yajie: 停车(ting2 che1), Parking
Cam: 停车(ting2 che1)
Yajie: 哪儿能停车 (Nar3 neng2 ting2 che1)
Cam: 哪儿能停车 (Nar3 neng2 ting2 che1) Where can I park?


Cam: Yajie, sometimes I need to fill my tank with gas, but how do I say that in Chinese?
Yajie: Well, you can say, 请加满油. (Qing3 jia1 man3 you2.)
Cam: 请加点油. (Qing3 man3 dian3 you2.)
Yajie: 请 (qing3), please.
Cam: 请 (qing3)
Yajie: 加 (jia1),  the first tone, means to refuel
Cam: 加 (jia1)
Yajie: 加满 (jia1 man3) , to fill with something.
Cam: 加满 (jia1 man3). 
Yajie: 油 (you2), the second tone., here it means gas.
Cam: 油 (you2)
Yajie: 加满油(jia1 man3 you2) to fill with gas.
Cam: 加满油(jia1 man3 you2)
Yajie: 请加满油. (Qing3 jia1 man3 you2.)
Cam: 请加满油. (Qing3 jia1 man3 you2.) Please fill my tank with gas.
Yajie: Or you can say 加满 (jia1 man3) for short.
Cam: 加满 (jia1 man3), that’s much easier.


Key Words Reminder
Driving. (开车, kai1che1) Parking. (停车,ting2 che1)  Where can I park? (哪儿能停车 Nar3 neng2 ting2 che1) Please fill my tank with gas. 请加满油. Qing3 jia1 man3 you2.).

Cam: Okay Yajie… this is going to be a useful week for me.
Yajie: I’m sure it will. Now it’s time for our question of the day.  How do you say, “Can you fill my tank with gas” in Chinese?
Cam: Send your answer to And we have some CRI prize for you. See ya tomorrow!
Yajie: 明天见(ming2 tian1 jian4)

Editor:Shi Taoyang |Source: CRI

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