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Lesson 140 Revision of Expressions Used in the Office

07-14-2010 16:18 BJT

Cam: It’s great that another weekend is coming and welcome to Chinese Studio.  Wo shi Cam.
YJ:  wo shi Yajie. This week we talked about appliances in the office. Time for us to have a quick review.
Cam: Yes. Let’s hear Sentences in the Week.

Sentences in the Week
My computer isn’t working. 我的电脑坏了。(wo3 de dian4nao3 huai4 le.) Put it in the filing cabinet. 把它放到文件柜里(ba3 ta1 fang4 dao4 wen2jian4 gui4 li). May I use the photocopier? 能用一下复印机吗?(neng2 yong4 yi2 xia4 fu4yin4ji1 ma?) All in today’s Chinese Studio.

YJ: As usual, let’s take a brief review of the words we learned this week. Ready? Let’s go…The first one is office. Cam, what’s the Chinese for that?
Cam: 办公室。(ban4gong1shi4), right?
YJ: Right. 办公室。(ban4gong1shi4). Then how about computer? 
Cam: It’s 电脑 (dian4nao3),electronic brain. I do remember that.
YJ: Good. Now comes to printer.
Cam: Printer in Chinese is打印机(da3yin4ji1), right?
YJ: yes. The last one is photocopier.
Cam: Is it 复印机(fu4yin4ji1)?
YJ: Very good. You really do your homework, Cam. Now let’s move to the sentence part.
Cam: Oh. That would be a little bit difficult for me.
YJ: no worries. Let’s go one by one. Suppose your computer isn’t working, and you need someone to help you fixing that. how do you say it to people in Chinese ?
Cam: I would say我的电脑坏了。(wo3 de dian4nao3 huai4 le.)
YJ: Well done! 我的 (wo3 de), my.
Cam: 我的 (wo3 de)
YJ: 电脑 (dian4nao3), computer.
Cam: 电脑 (dian4nao3)
YJ:  坏了 (huai4 le) here it means the machine can’t work.
Cam: 坏了 (huai4 le)
YJ:  我的电脑坏了。(wo3 de dian4nao3 huai4 le.)
Cam: 我的电脑坏了。(wo3 de dian4nao3 huai4 le.) My computer isn’t working.

Conversation1:
(1)A: 我的电脑坏了。能帮我修一下吗?
B: 没问题。
(2)A: 咱们今天去逛街吧。
B: 不行啊。我的电脑坏了。今天我得去修电脑。

Cam: Yajie, I forgot how to say “Put it in the filing cabinet.” Could you please remind me of that?
YJ: Sure. It’s 把它放到文件柜里(ba3 ta1 fang4 dao4 wen2jian4 gui4 li)
Cam: 把它放到文件柜里(ba3 ta1 fang4 dao4 wen2jian4 gui4 li)
YJ: 把 (ba3), here it sends a signal that we are going to do something.
Cam: 把 (ba3)
YJ: 它 (ta1), a pronoun, here it stands for file.
Cam: 它 (ta1)
YJ: 放到 (fang4dao), put something to somewhere.
Cam: 放到 (fang4dao)
YJ: 文件柜(wen2jian4 gui4), filing cabinet.
Cam: 文件柜(wen2jian4 gui4)
YJ: 里(li3), means inside of…
Cam: 里(li3)
YJ: 把它放到文件柜里(ba3 ta1 fang4 dao4 wen2jian4 gui4 li)
Cam: 把它放到文件柜里(ba3 ta1 fang4 dao4 wen2jian4 gui4 li), Put it in the filing cabinet.

Conversation2:
(1)A: 这份文件放在哪?
B: 把它放到文件柜里吧。
(2)A: 我应该把文件放在哪呢?
B: 把它放到文件柜里吧。

YJ: Cam, How do you say “May I use the photocopier” in Chinese?
Cam: let me see… I guess it’s  能用一下复印机吗?(neng2 yong4 yi2 xia4 fu4yin4ji1 ma?) right?
YJ: Absolutely correct! 能用一下复印机吗?(neng2 yong4 yi2 xia4 fu4yin4ji1 ma?) May I use the photocopier? 能(neng2), means can.
Cam: 能(neng2)
YJ: 用一下(yong4 yi2 xia4), to use. It’s a polite way of asking.
Cam: 用一下(yong4 yi2 xia4)
YJ: 复印机 (fu4yin4ji1), photocopier.
Cam: 复印机 (fu4yin4ji1)
YJ: 能用一下复印机吗?(neng2 yong4 yi2 xia4 fu4yin4ji1 ma?)
Cam: 能用一下复印机吗?(neng2 yong4 yi2 xia4 fu4yin4ji1 ma?) May I use the photocopier?

Conversation3:
(1)A:能用一下复印机吗?
B:用吧。
A: 好的,谢谢。
(2)A:你们办公室有复印机吗?
B:对不起,我们这儿的复印机坏了。

Sentences in the Week
My computer isn’t working. 我的电脑坏了。(wo3 de dian4nao3 huai4 le.) Put it in the filing cabinet. 把它放到文件柜里(ba3 ta1 fang4 dao4 wen2jian4 gui4 li). May I use the photocopier? 能用一下复印机吗?(neng2 yong4 yi2 xia4 fu4yin4ji1 ma?) All in today’s Chinese Studio.

Cam: That’s it for this week’s Chinese Studio. Here is question of the week: how do you say “Put it in the filing cabinet” in Chinese?
YJ: Send your answer to Chinese@crifm.com. Have a nice weekend!
Yajie: See you next week!

Editor:Shi Taoyang |Source: CRI

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