Lesson 018 Call Mary

Updated 2014-05-20 10:23:56

M: Ni hao! Come and learn hanyu, with Learn Chinese Now! Woshi ML.
S: Woshi S. 今天 today jīntiān, we have lots to learn. More about making a phone call.
M: And do you remember the two words for the number 'one'? Yes, yī yī and yāo yāo. We usually use yao for telephone numbers and such. So one two three is yao er san, not yi er san.
S: Now, qǐng, please, qǐng listen and repeat. Try to pick out the words for 'in', 'do', and 'whose'. ML, 现在我们在哪儿?
M: We're still in the taxi. 我们还在车里。Women hái zài chē lǐ.
S: And what am I doing? wǒ zài gàn shénme?
M: You're making a phone call. 你在打电话。Nǐ zài dǎ diànhuà.
S: Whose phone am I using? wǒ zài yòng shéi de diànhuà?
M: 你在用我的手机。Ni zai yong wo de shouji.
S: Who am I phoning? 我打电话给谁?wo da dianhua gei shei?
M: 你打电话给玛丽。Nǐ dǎ diànhuà gěi Mǎlì.
S: 对了,我要打电话给玛丽。Dui le, wo yao da dianhua gei Mali.
M: Wow, that's a lot of Chinese, 很多汉语. hěn duō hànyǔ. Let's take a break and get ready to learn the new words.
S: Ready? Hao! ML, where are we now? xianzai women zai na'er? xianzai women zai na'er?
M: We're still in the taxi. 我们还在车里。Women hái zài chē lǐ. zai che li, in the car. Zài ZAI zài here means 'at'. The lǐ LI lǐ, means 'in' or 'inside'. Zai che li, in the car.
S: And what am I doing? wǒ zài gàn shénme?
M: You're making a phone call. 你在打电话。Nǐ zài dǎ diànhuà.
S: Whose phone am I using? 我在用谁的电话?wǒ zài yòng shéi de diànhuà?
M: Yòng shéi de dianhua? Shéi SHEI shéi, is 'who'. Guess what 谁的,shéi de, means. Dui le, shéi de, 'whose'. Literally, 'I using whose phone?' wǒ zài yòng shéi de diànhuà?
M: 你在用我的手机。Ni zai yong wo de shouji.
S: Who am I phoning? 我打电话给谁?wo da dianhua gei shei?
M: 你打电话给玛丽。Nǐ dǎ diànhuà gěi Mǎlì.
S: 是的,我要打电话给玛丽。Shi de, wo yao da dianhua gei Mali.
M: 他要打电话给玛丽。He wants to give Mary a phone call. Ta yao da dianhua gei Mali. Ta yao he wants ta yao. Yào YAO yào, to want. Ta yao da dianhua gei Mali.
S: Let's practice this, very useful. Try to say, 'I want to phone my Mama'.
M: Dui le. Wo yao da dianhua gei wode mama.
S: Now, I want to phone my papa.
M: Dui le, Wo yao da dianhua gei wode baba.
S: Of course, there are other words for mama and baba, but mama and baba are nice and easy!
M: Just right for finishing our lesson. Until next time, zai jian.
S: Zaijian! 

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