Archive for November, 2007

Cri – Lesson 41

Sunday, November 11th, 2007

Yajie: Dajia zaoshang hao. Good morning every one. Welcome to today’s Chinese Studio. This is Yajie.
Cam: Dajia zaoshang hao. I’m Cam. It’s a fresh new week.
Yajie: During this week we’ll learn the usages of some phrases that are composed of two parts. The adjective plus the noun. The first word modifies the second one.
Cam: Ok. Now let’s check key words of the day.

********** Key words of the day
中国人, the Chinese person;女孩子, girl; 男孩子,boy; 203 房间, room No. 203 红苹果, red apple; 绿叶子,green leaf. All in today’s Chinese Studio.
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Yajie: 中国人, the Chinese people.
Cam: 中国人(Zhongguo ren).
Yajie: 中国, China.
Cam: 中国, zhóngguó, China. And 人, rén, means person, or people.
Yajie: Yes. 中国人, the Chinese people.
Cam: 中国人(Zhongguo ren). It’s actually composed of two words. The first one defines the second. We can also say 美国人,the American; or 加拿大人,the Canadian.
Yajie: Exactly.

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Yajie: Next we come to the word 女孩子, girl.
Cam: 女孩子(nv haizi).
Yajie: 女, n-ǚ, the third tone, meaning woman, or female.
Cam: 女 (nǚ).
Yajie: 孩子, child.
Cam: 孩子(háizi).
Yajie: So together女孩子, girl.
Cam: 女孩子(nǚ háizi). Then if you told me what man means in Chinese, then I would know the Chinese way of saying boy.
Yajie: Man in Chinese is 男(nán), nan, the second tone.
Cam: 男(nán). So boy in Chinese is 男孩子。By the way, the tone of男(nán) is similar to that of the Chinese character 南(south), right?
Yajie: Yes, exactly.203 房间, room No. 203.
Cam: 203 房间 (èr líng sān fángjiān). I know 2 means two; 0, zero; 3, three.
Yajie: Yes. 房间, room.
Cam: 房间(fángjiān). So room 203 is er ling san fangjian.

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Yajie: Now here are some more examples. 红苹果, red apple.
Cam: 红苹果 (hong pingguo).
Yajie: 红, h-o-n-g, the second tone, meaning red.
Cam: 红 (hong).
Yajie: 苹果(pingguo), apple.
Cam: 苹果(pingguo).
Yajie: 苹p-i-n-g, the second tone; and 果, g-u-o, the third tone.
Cam: 苹果(pingguo)
Yajie: 红苹果, red apple.
Cam: 红苹果 (hóng píngguǒ). Yajie, could you please tell me how you say green in Chinese?
Yajie: Well, in Chinese it’s 绿 (lǜ), the fourth tone.
Cam: 绿 (lǜ).
Yajie: Let me tell you one more word, 叶子, means leaf..
Cam: 叶子(yezi). So together it’s (lǜ yezi), green leaf.
Yajie: Yes, 绿叶子.

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**********Key words reminder
Today we’ve learned the phrases that are composed of two parts, and the first word modifies the second one. 中国人, the Chinese person;女孩子, girl; 男孩子,boy; 203 房间, room No. 203 红苹果, red apple; 绿叶子, green leaf
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Yajie: Well, with that we come to the end of this edition of Chinese Studio. Now question for this time: how do the Chinese say “girl”?
Cam: Just a word. Seem easy. You are welcome to write us in Chinese characters. Of course, you can also write in Chinese alphabet.
Yajie: Send us answers or comments to Chinese@crifm.com. That’s Chinese@crifm.com. Or you can visit us on our website at en.chinabroadcast.cn. Click “Learn Chinese”, and enjoy other free Chinese-learning programs there.
Cam: Well class is over. 再见!
Yajie: 再见!

(Written by Zhao Pingping)

(Source: english.cri.cn)