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Lesson 190 – Haircut II

07-14-2010 16:18 BJT

YJ: Cam, we are discussing haircuts this week.  How do you like your hair cut?
Cam: Well, usually I get it pretty short on the sides and in the back, but long enough on top that I can style it somehow.

YJ:  Wow… you are high maintenance!

Cam:  Haha… well, just tell me how to ask for that!  

Key words of the day 
Can I get it shorter on the sides, but a bit longer on top? 两边短一点,上面长一点。I want to change my hairstyle. 我想换个发型。 I want a crew cut 我想理个平头。 perm, 烫发All in today’s Chinese studio.  

Cam:  Okay, as I said, I have specific requests for a haircut.  Shorter on the sides, just slightly longer on top.  How do I say this?

YJ: first let’s say shorter on the sides, it’s “两边短一点”

Cam: liang3 bian1 duan3 yi4 dian3.

YJ: liang3 bian1 means both sides.

CM: liang3 bian1

YJ: duan3 means short,

Cam: duan3.

YJ: yi4 dian3 means a little bit,

CM: yi4 dian3.

YJ: liang3 bian1 duan3 yi4 dian3.

Cam:  liang3 bian1 duan3 yi4 dian3. shorter on the sides. Then how do I say slightly longer on the top? 

YJ: you can say “上面长一点”

CM: shang4 mian4 chang2 yi4 dian3.

YJ: shang4 mian4 means the top,

CM: shang4 mian4.

YJ: chang2 means long,

CM: chang2 and duan3 means short.,

YJ: yes. Chang2, long, and duan3, short.

CM: and yi4 dian3 means a little bit,

YJ: shang4 mian4 chang2 yi4 dian3.

CM: shang4 mian4 chang2 yi4 dian3.  slightly longer on the top.

YJ: let’s put two sentences together.   两边短一点,上面长一点。

CM: liang3 bian1 duan3 yi4 dian3,shang4 mian4 chang2 yi4 dian3. Great. Now I know how to say to the stylist.   

Conversation1:

A:你想怎么剪?

B:两边短一点,上面长一点。 

Cam: Now, let’s say I want to change my hairstyle entirely.

YJ:  You can say 我想换个发型。

C: wo3 xiang3 huan4 ge4 fa4 xing2. 

Y: wo3 xiang3 means I want,

C: wo3 xiang3.

Y: huan4 means change,

C: huan4.

Y: ge4 means one,

C: ge4.

Y: fa4 xing2, hairstyle,

C: fa4 xing2.

Y: wo3 xiang3 huan4 ge4 fa4 xing2.

C: wo3 xiang3 huan4 ge4 fa4 xing2. I want to change my hairstyle.   

Conversation2:

A:我想换个发型。

B: 好啊。你可以尝试把头发剪短。  

CM: Yajie, I want to change my hairstyle… and I want a crew cut.

YJ: Okay you can say 我想理个平头。

CM: wo3 xiang3 li3 ge4 ping2 tou2.

YJ: wo3 xiang3 means I want,

CM: wo3 xiang3

YJ: li3 means to cut, which has the same meaning with jian3.

CM: li3.

YJ: ge4 means one,

CM: ge4.

YJ: ping2 tou2, crew cut, as ping2 means flat,

CM: ping2 tou2,

YJ: wo3 xiang3 li3 ge4 ping2 tou2.

CM: wo3 xiang3 li3 ge4 ping2 tou2. I want a crew cut.  

Conversation3:

A:你想理个什么发型?

B:我想理个平头。 

Cam: And some girls might want a perm.  What’s the word for perm?

YJ: it’s tang4 fa4.

C: tang4 fa4.

Y: tang4 means to perm,

C: tang4.

Y: fa4 means hair,

C: fa4. 

Y: tang4 fa4.

C: tang4 fa4. perm  

Conversation4:

A:我想烫发。

B:烫发对头发不好。

 

Key words reminder 

Can I get it shorter on the sides, but a bit longer on top? 两边短一点,上面长一点。I want to change my hairstyle. 我想换个发型。 I want a crew cut 我想理个平头。 perm, 烫发All in today’s Chinese studio.   

Cam: Well, I don’t think I want a perm Yajie, but I’m sure that will be helpful for our female listeners!

YJ:  That makes a good question of the day.  Would you like the honours?

Cam:  Sure. How do you say “perm” in Chinese?  Send your answer to Chinese@crifm.com and you might win a prize.

YJ:  Mingtian jian!

Editor:Shi Taoyang |Source: CRI

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