Easy Chinese Lesson 06—多少钱?

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Good evening, guys! Today I am going to teach you some very useful expressions when you are shopping or traveling in China. How to bargain?

If you want to buy something you really like in a store, you should ask the vendor how much it costs. In Chinese we say “duō shăo qián?” (多少钱?) The vendor may directly give you a number which means the price, such as 100 kuài, which means 100 RMB. However, you may think it’s too expensive and want to bargain. You should say “pián yi diăn.” (便宜点.) It means give me a lower price. “pián yi” literally means cheap, but here the usage is to give somebody a good deal. If they are not willing to give you a cheaper price, you should keep saying taì guì le.” (太贵了) It means it is too expensive. In the last lesson, we learned  “guì” as honorary, but it can also mean expensive like here.

Vocabularies: 

  1. 多少钱?duō shăo qián? How much is it?
  2. 便宜点。pián yi diăn.  Give me a lower price. 
  3. 太贵了。taì guì le. It is too expensive. 
  4. 块  kuài  unit of Chinese RMB

 

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Easy Chinese lesson 05—你叫什么名字

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Hello everyone! It is Molly again. :) I am glad you’ve stopped at my website to learn more Chinese. Today I will teach you how to ask for people’s names in Chinese. As same as in English, we ask people directly like “what’s your name?” There are serval ways to say it in Chinese, but the most common way is “nĭ jiào shén me míng zi?“(你叫什么名字?) “míng zi” here is a noun means name, “jiào” is a verb means to be named. If someone asks you “nĭ jiào shén me míng zi?”  Your answer should be “wŏ jiào…“(我叫…) For example, “wŏ jiào Molly.”

Sometimes people only ask for your last name. For example, when we talk to teachers and doctors, we only use their last names. In Chinese, it is “nín guì xìng?” (您贵姓?)It literally means “what’s your honorary last name?” People use ” guì” to show their respects. Usually we use it in hotels or during business meetings.

 

Vocabularies: 

  1. 你叫什么名字? nĭ jiào shén me míng zi?  What’s your name? 
  2. 我叫… wŏ jiào…  My name is…
  3. 您贵姓?nín guì xìng?  What’s your last name? (show respects) 

 

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Easy Chinese lesson 04—你多大了

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Hello my dear students and friends,

Today we will learn how to say “How old are you?” in Chinese. Some people find it difficult to tell the ages of Asian people. So if you really want to know their age, you may just ask them “how old are you?”. The easiest way to say is “nĭ duō dà le?  “(你多大了?), which literately translates to ” you how big?” , but it means “how old are you?” in Chinese. If the person you asked is willing to give you his/her age, they may answer you “wŏ jīn nián 25 suì.” (我今年25岁。)It means “I am 25 years old this year.”

However, if you have been asked and do not want to tell your real age, you can say “wŏ hěn xiăo.” (我很小)It means “I am young.” and also means you don’t want to tell them your age.

Vocabularies: 

  1. 你多大了?nĭ duō dà le? :How old are you?
  2. 我今年25岁。wŏ jīn nián 25 suì. : I am 25 years old this year.
  3. 我很小。wŏ hěn xiăo. :I am young.

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Easy Chinese lesson 03—问路

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Time flies! I haven’t seen you all for a long time. How is everyone? February is the lunar Chinese Spring Festival, and my parents came to visit me during this holiday so I’ve been so busy over the past month. Today I am going to teach you some useful words and expressions in Chinese.

The most important word of the day is ” wèi shēng jiān” (卫生间)This means WC or restroom. If you want to say “Where is the restroom/ bathroom?” in Chinese, it is “wèi shēng jiān zài nă lĭ?” (卫生间在哪里?)

When you ask this question, they will tell you where you should go. So if they say “wăng qián zŏu, xiàng yòu/zuŏ zhuăn.”, it means ” go straight and turn right/left.” Here “yòu” (右)is right, and “zuŏ” (左)is left.

Finally, if you really can not understand what they are talking about, you should express yourself like “I don’t understand.” It is “wŏ tīng bù dŏng” (我听不懂). However, If you think you can understand, but you only need them to speak more slowly, you should say “shuō màn diăn“(说慢点). Here the pronunciation of “màn” is kind of like the English word “man”.

Vocabularies: 

  1. 卫生间 wèi shēng jiān: restroom/ bathroom
  2. 卫生间在哪里?wèi shēng jiān zài nă lĭ? :Where is the restroom/bathroom? 
  3. 右/左 :yòu/zuŏ : right/ left
  4. 往前走,向右/左转  wăng qián zŏu, xiàng yòu/zuŏ zhuăn : Go straight and turn right/ left.
  5. 我听不懂 wŏ tīng bù dŏng : I don’t understand.
  6. 说慢点 shuō màn diăn : Slow down, please. 

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Easy Chinese lesson 02—去哪里

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In China, Taxis are cheap, fast and convenient. However, most cab drivers can only speak “hello” “yes” and “no”. So learning how to speak Chinese to them is going to be essential for your stay or visit in China. Alright, let’s get started!

First thing you need to know is: “Where are you going?” In Chinese “where are you going” is, qù nă lĭ? (去哪里?)When someone ask you “qù nă lĭ? “,  your response should be “wŏ ” (我去…)I am going to …

For example, you are somehow in another city and want to say “I am going to Beijing”, you can say “我去北京。” wŏ qù Beijing

The second thing, you might want a receipt because receipt is really important when you take a taxi in China. If you lose something and want to track the taxi. That’s called fā piào“(发票). fā is like far in “ doe ray me far”. So if you want to say, I want a receipt. It is “wŏ yào fā piào.” (我要发票。)

Vocabularies: 

  1. 去 qù :to go 
  2. 哪里 nă lĭ: where
  3. 发票 fā piào:receipt
  4. yào: want 

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Easy Chinese lesson 01—你好

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Hello everyone! Today I am going to show you how to speak the basic simple phrases. So we will start with the very very basic, and the most important ones:

  • nĭ hăo 你好(hello). It sounds like in “knee  how” in English.
  • nĭ jiào shénme míng zi? 你叫什么名字?(What’s your name? )
  • wŏ jiào… 我叫… (My name is…) 
  • jiàn dào nĭ hěn gāo xìng. 见到你很高兴。(very pleased/ nice to meet you.) 

Vocabularies: 

  1. 你 nĭ : you    
  2. 叫 jiào: to call someone
  3. 什么 shén me: what
  4. 名字 míng zi: name
  5. 我 wŏ:I
  6. 见到 jiàn dào:meet
  7. 很 hěn:very/too
  8. 高兴 gāo xìng : nice/ pleased/ happy

 

 

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