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Lesson 133 - Chores 1

07-14-2010 16:18 BJT

Cam: Hello everyone! Welcome to Chinese Studio on CRI.  Wo shi Cam.
YJ:  And wo shi Yajie.  Cam… I have been to your apartment, and I know it’s very clean.
Cam:  Well… I do my best.  I certainly like living in a clean place.  Having my home in a mess is very stressful!
Yajie:  Well, this week, we are going to learn more about jobs around the house.
Cam:  Sounds good.  Let’s check Key Words of the Day.

Key Words of the Day
kitchen. 厨房 (chu2fang2) microwave 微波炉(wei1bo1lu2)  sweep the floor. 扫地(sao3 di4) wash the dishes洗碗(xi3 wan3) Today I swept the floor. 今天我扫地了。(jin1tian1 wo3 sao3 di4.) I’d like to help you wash the dishes. 我帮你洗碗。(wo3 bang1 ni3 xi3 wan3.) All in today’s Chinese Studio.

YJ: our first word today is Kitchen, which in Chinese is厨房 (chu2fang2).
Cam: 厨房 (chu2fang2)
YJ: Right. all in the second tone. 厨房 (chu2fang2)
Cam: 厨房 (chu2fang2), kitchen. Yajie, I’d like to know the Chinese for microwave, since I need to buy a new one.
YJ: microwave in Chinese is微波炉(wei1bo1lu2)
Cam: 微波炉(wei1bo1lu2)
YJ: 微波 (wei1bo1), all in the first tone, which means micro wave.
Cam:  微波 (wei1bo1)
YJ: and 炉 (lu2),the second tone, which means oven. 
Cam: 炉 (lu2)
YJ: Together it’s微波炉(wei1bo1lu2)
Cam: 微波炉(wei1bo1lu2), microwave.

Conversation1:
a. 我想买一个微波炉。
b. 好啊,微波炉是厨房必需品。

YJ: Cam, I think you need to do these chores to keep your kitchen clean, right?
Cam: yes, and I want to learn how to say them in Chinese.
YJ: Ok. First, let’s say you need to sweep the floor, which in Chinese is: 扫地(sao3 di4)
Cam: 扫地(sao3 di4)
YJ: 扫(sao3), sao ,the third tone, means to sweep,
Cam: 扫(sao3)
YJ: 地(di4), d-i, the fourth tone, means floor,
Cam: 地(di4)
YJ: 扫地(sao3 di4), sweep the floor.
Cam: 扫地(sao3 di4)
YJ: then you need to wash all the dishes if you don’t have a dishwasher. 洗碗(xi3 wan3), to wash the dishes.
Cam: 洗碗(xi3 wan3)
YJ: 洗 (xi3), to wash.
Cam: 洗 (xi3).
YJ: 碗(wan3), bowl.
Cam: 碗(wan3)
YJ: I know you also need to wash plates, forks, chopsticks and so on, but wan3 is the general term for dishes.
Cam: I see. 碗(wan3).
YJ: 洗碗(xi3 wan3)
Cam: 洗碗(xi3 wan3), to wash the dishes.

Conversation2:
a. 一会儿我们出去逛街吧,
b. 不行啊,今天我要干家务。我得扫地,还得洗碗(xi3 wan3)

Cam: yajie, Could you please tell me how to put these phrases into practice? For instance, how do you say “Today I swept the floor”? in Chinese?
YJ: in Chinese it’s 今天我扫地了。(jin1tian1 wo3 sao3 di4 le.)
Cam: 今天我扫地了。(jin1tian1 wo3 sao3 di4 le.)
YJ: 今天 (jin1tian1), today.
Cam: 今天 (jin1tian1)
YJ: 我 (wo3), I.
Cam: 我 (wo3)
YJ: 扫地(sao3 di4), to sweep the floor.
Cam: 扫地(sao3 di4)
YJ: 了(le), suggest the completion of an action.
Cam: 了(le).
YJ: 今天我扫地了。(jin1tian1 wo3 sao3 di4 le.)
Cam: 今天我扫地了。(jin1tian1 wo3 sao3 di4 le.) Today I swept the floor. Then how do I say I’d like to help you wash the dishes?
YJ: 我帮你洗碗。(wo3 bang1 ni3 xi3 wan3.)
Cam: 我帮你洗碗。(wo3 bang1 ni3 xi3 wan3.)
YJ: 帮 (bang1), the first tone, to help.
Cam: 帮 (bang1)
YJ: 你 (ni3), you.
Cam: 你 (ni3)
YJ: 洗碗(xi3 wan3), to wash the dishes.
Cam: 洗碗(xi3 wan3)
YJ: 我帮你洗碗。(wo3 bang1 ni3 xi3 wan3.)
Cam: 我帮你洗碗。(wo3 bang1 ni3 xi3 wan3.) I’d like to help you wash the dishes.

Conversation3:
(1)A:今天我扫地了。
B: 那我来洗碗吧。
(2)A:我帮你洗碗。
B: 好的。谢谢。

Cam:  That will help me clean up my kitchen!
YJ: Surely it will. But don’t forget our question of the day before you roll up you sleeves. How do you say “sweep the floor” in Chinese?
Cam: Send your answer to Chinese@crifm.com.prize, See ya tomorrow!
Yajie:  Ming tian jian.

Editor:Shi Taoyang |Source: CRI

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