YJ: It’s time to perfect Chinese your way in only five minutes a day. Welcome to Chinese Studio on CRI. Wo shi Yajie.
Cam: And wo shi Cam. Yajie, one of the hardest things for a foreigner to do in China is get a haircut… especially if he or she doesn’t speak Chinese!
YJ: Well, consider this a valuable lesson.
Cam: I can’t wait.
Key words of the day
Barber shop 理发店I would like a haircut. 我想剪头发。 How would you like it cut? 你想怎么剪？Just a trim. 修一下就可以了 Not too much off, 别剪太短了。All in today’s Chinese studio.
C: Yajie, first of all, I want to know the Chinese for barber shop.
Y: okay, it’s li3 fa4 dian4. 理发店
C: li3 fa4 dian4.
Y: li3 fa4 means to have a haircut,
C: li3 fa4.
Y: dian4 means shop,
Y: li3 fa4 dian4
C:li3 fa4 dian4 barber shop. Okay… I walk into a li3 fa4 dian4 off the streets of Beijing, what do I say?
YJ: You would tell them you need a haircut. In Chinese, it’s 我想剪头发。
Cam: wo3 xiang3 jian3 tou2 fa.
YJ: wo3 xiang3. I’d like something.
CM: wo3 xiang3.
YJ: jian3 means to cut,
Y: tou2fa means hair,
C: tou3 fa.
Y: wo3 xiang3 jian3 tou2 fa.
C: wo3 xiang3 jian3 tou2 fa. I’d like a haircut.
Y: Then the stylist may ask you, how would you like it cut?
C: Right. What do they usually say?
Y: they’ll ask you “你想怎么剪？”
C: ni3 xiang3 zen3me jian3?
Y: ni3 means you,
Y: xiang3 means want or need,
Y: zen3me, how,
Y: jian3 means to cut,
Y: ni3 xiang3 zen3me jian3?
C: ni3 xiang3 zen3me jian3? How would you like it cut?
Cam: So let’s tell them just a trim.
Y: In Chinese it’s 修一下就可以了
C: xiu1 yi2xia4 jiu4 ke2yi3 le.
Y: xiu1 yi2xia4 trim a little bit,
C: xiu1 yi2xia4
Y: jiu4 ke2yi3 le. Just be okay,
C: jiu4 ke2yi3 le.
Y: xiu1 yi2xia4 jiu4 ke2yi3 le.
C: xiu1 yi2xia4 jiu4 ke2yi3 le. Just a trim will be fine.
C: Yajie, sometimes I’m afraid that they’ll cut my hair too short. How can I tell them not too much off?
Y: You can say 别剪太短了
C: bie2 jian3 tai4 duan3 le.
Y: bie2 means not,
Y: jian3 means cut,
Y: tai4 means too much,
Y: duan3 means short,
Y: bie2 jian3 tai4 duan3 le.
C: bie2 jian3 tai4 duan3 le. Not too much off.
Key words Reminder
Barber shop 理发店I would like a haircut. 我想剪头发。 How would you like it cut? 你想怎么剪？Just a trim. 修一下就可以了Not too much off, 别剪太短了。All in today’s Chinese studio.
Cam: This will be useful Yajie… I end up paying 100 kuai for a haircut in Beijing, only because they speak English!
YJ: Now you’ll be able to speak Chinese, and pay much, much less.
Cam: Time for our question of the day. How do you say “Just a trim” in Chinese? Send your answer to Chinese@crifm.com and you might win a prize.
YJ: Mingtian jian!