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Lesson 153 Happy New Year ! (1)

07-14-2010 16:18 BJT

Cam: Yajie, we are all finished with Christmas and the countdown begins for the New Year. 
YJ: Yes. Do you have any plans for New Year’s eve?
Cam: I plan to go to a party. What’s the Chinese for “party like it’s 1999” Yajie?
YJ: You’ll find out in Key Words of the Day.

Key Words of the Day
New year’s eve, 31号晚上,What are you doing on New Years Eve? 31号晚上你打算怎么过?  party,聚会, 派对,  Bar酒吧, Champagne香槟. All in today’s Chinese Studio.

Cam:  So Yajie, the first thing we have to do is planning the New Year’s Eve. How do I say New Year’s Eve in Chinese?
YJ: Well, in oral Chinese we often say 31 hao4 wan3 shang4, which means the night of Dec. 31th.
Cam: I see, san1shi2yi1 hao4 wan3 shang4,
YJ: san1shi2yi1 hao4 means 31th,
Cam: san1shi2yi1 hao4
YJ: wan3 shang4 means the night,
Cam: wan3 shang4,
YJ: san1shi2yi1 hao4 wan3 shang4,
Cam: san1shi2yi1 hao4 wan3 shang4, New Year’s eve. I wonder how to ask “What are you doing on New Years Eve?” in Chinese?
YJ: you can say “san1shi2yi1 hao4 wan3 shang4 ni2 da3 suan4 zen3me guo4” 31号晚上你打算怎么过?
Cam: “31hao4 wan3 shang4, ni2 da3 suan4 zen3me guo4” Can you tell me what’s the meaning for each word?
YJ: Sure. Ni3 means you,
Cam: ni3
YJ: da3 suan4, plan to do sth,
Cam: da3 suan4.
YJ: zen3me, how,
Cam: zen3me
YJ: guo4, to spend the day,
Cam: guo4
YJ: san1shi2yi1 hao4 wan3 shang4, New Year’s Eve,
Cam: san1shi2yi1 hao4 wan3 shang4,
YJ: san1shi2yi1 hao4 wan3 shang4 ni2 da3 suan4 zen3me guo4
Cam: which means “What are you doing on New Year’s Eve?”

Conversation1:
(1)A:31号晚上你打算怎么过?
B: 我打算去看电影
(2)A: 31号晚上你打算怎么过?
B: 我打算去参加一个聚会。

YJ: So Cam, san1shi2yi1 hao4 wan3 shang4 ni2 da3 suan4 zen3me guo4? 31号晚上你打算怎么过?
Cam: Like I mentioned at the beginning, I plan to go to a party. I know it’s okay for me to say party in English, but I still want to know how to say it in Chinese.
YJ: you can say “ju4 hui4”
Cam: ju4 hui4
YJ: both ju4 and hui4 means to get together,
Cam:  ju4 hui4
YJ: or you can say “pai4 dui4”, which is another example of a similar pronunciation.
Cam: pai4 dui4, party…

Conversation2:
(1)A: 31号晚上你打算怎么过?
B: 我打算去参加一个聚会。
(2)A:31号晚上有一个派对,咱们一起去吧,
B: 太好了,我喜欢派对!
 

Cam: How about you, Yajie? What are you doing on New Year’s eve?
YJ: I may go to a bar with a group of friends.
Cam: What’s the Chinese for a bar?
YJ: it’s jiu3 ba1
Cam: jiu3 ba1
YJ: jiu3 means alcohol
Cam:  jiu3
YJ: ba1 means a place like a bar, 
Cam: I guess it’s another similar pronunciation example, right?
YJ: Exactly, jiu3 ba1
Cam:jiu3 ba1, bar. I must bring some champagne if I go to a house party!
YJ: Right, it’s a lot of fun to pop the cork and drink together.
Cam: What’s the Chinese for Champagne?
YJ: it’s “xiang1 bing1”
Cam: xiang1 bing1
YJ: How about we make a toast now?
Cam: Good idea, let’s wish all of our listeners a very Happy New Year!
YJ: zhu4 da4 jia1 xin1 nian2 kuai4 le4! Happy New Year!

Conversation3:
(1)A: 这是我送你的香槟,祝你新年快乐!
B: 谢谢,也祝你新年快乐!
(2)A: 新的一年又到了,新年快乐!
B: 让我们开香槟庆祝一下吧!

Key Words Reminder
New year’s eve, 31号晚上,What are you doing on New Years Eve? 31号晚上你打算怎么过?  party,聚会, 排对,  Bar酒吧, Champagne香槟, All in today’s Chinese Studio.

Cam:  Okay… our plans for New Years are coming together!  Let’s get to our Question of the Day.
YJ: How do you say “party” in Chinese?
Cam: Send your answer to Chinese@crifm.com. See ya tomorrow!
Yajie:  Ming tian jian.

 

Editor:Shi Taoyang |Source: CRI

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