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Lesson 186 – Post Office II

07-14-2010 16:18 BJT

C: A lot of people email these days Yajie… myself included, of course, but we still need to go to the post office for all kinds of things!
Y:  Right, and that’s what we’re learning about this week on Chinese Studio.  So what do you go to the post office for?
C:  Well, sometimes I need to cash a money order, or pick up a package.

Key words of the day
Money order. 汇款单. I’d like to cash this money order. 我要取汇款。  I’d like to pick up a package. 我要取包裹。 identification card, 身份证 passport, 护照  All in today’s Chinese studio.

C:  Okay, so sometimes I get paid through a money order in the mail. And I want to cash them!
Y: You would go to the you2 ju2, get in line, and say wo3 yao4 qu3 hui4 kuan3.
C:  wo3 yao4 qu3 hui4 kuan3.
Y: wo3 yao4 means I’d like to do something,
C: wo3 yao4.
Y: qu3 means draw the money,
C: qu3, 3rd tone.
Y: hui4 kuan3 means the sum of money sent.
C: hui4 kuan3.
Y: wo3 yao4 qu3 hui4 kuan3.
C: wo3 yao4 qu3 hui4 kuan3. I’d like to cash this money order, so Yajie, what’s the Chinese for money order? 
Y: it’s hui4 kuan3 dan1.
C: hui4 kuan3 dan1. as hui4 kuan3 is the sum of the money sent,
Y: You got it. And dan1 means order.
C: dan1.
Y: hui4 kuan3 dan1
C: hui4 kuan3 dan1, money order

Conversation1:
A: 我要取汇款。
B: 请给我看一下你的汇款单和身份证。

C: I haven’t received the package yet, but I certainly love to get one. What do I say if I am going to pick it up?
Y:  First let’s review how to say package in Chinese.
C: Great, what is it?
Y: it’s bao1 guo3.
C: bao1 guo3.
Y: bao1 and guo3 both have the meaning of wrap.
C: and package means the wrapped and boxed object sent by mail.
Y: so package in Chinese is bao1 guo3.
C: bao1 guo3.
Y: Good, and then you can say to the clerk “wo3 yao4 qu3 bao1 guo3”
C: wo3 yao4 qu3 bao1 guo3.
Y: wo3 yao4 I’d like to do something,
C: wo3 yao4,
Y: qu3 means take,  
C: qu3. and package bao1 guo3.
Y: yes. Wo3 yao4 qu3 bao1 guo3.
C: Wo3 yao4 qu3 bao1 guo3. I’d like to pick up a package.

Conversation2:
A:我要取包裹。
B:请给我看一下你的包裹单和身份证。

Y: Then when you pick up a package at the post office, you need to bring some identificaton.
C: Right. Which in Chinese is…
Y: shen1 fen1 zheng4.
C: shen1 fen1 zheng4.
Y: shen1 fen1, identification,
C: shen1 fen1,
Y: zheng4 means card,
C: zheng4.
Y: shen1 fen1 zheng4.
C: shen1 fen1 zheng4. identification card. Then what shall I bring if I go to pick up my package?
Y: I think you need to bring your passport, and in Chinese it’s hu4 zhao4.
C: hu4 zhao4.

Conversation3:
A: 外国人取包裹要带什么证件?
B: 应该带上护照。

Key words reminder

Money order. 汇款单,I’d like to cash this money order. 我要取汇款。  I’d like to pick up a package. 我要取包裹。 identification card, 身份证 passport, 护照   All in today’s Chinese studio.

C: We’ve run out of time already.
Y: Time for our question of the day.
C: Which is, how do you say “I’d like to pick up a package” in Chinese?  You can send your answer to Chinese@crifm.com and you might win a prize.
Y:  That's right. Mingtian jian!

Editor:Shi Taoyang |Source: CRI

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