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Enjoy Chinese Language Class, learn some Chinese words about holiday and birthday. Let's start Chinese Language Class around these topics
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Topic: Chinese Language Class
Vocabulary: 我送你一件礼物,请收下。谢谢你的礼物!您太客气了
Function: learn some popular holiday and birthday expressions
Level: Zero to Survival Level (see level map)
Tag: Chinese Language Class Pod cast mp3
Copyright: CRI FM
Audio Download: Pod cast MP3 (64kbps, 4.7mb)
Yajie: Perfect Chinese your way, in only five minutes a day. Welcome to Chinese Studio. I’m Yajie.
Cam: Hi, everyone, I’m Cam. Ni hao ma?
Yajie: Hai xing!Last time we learned some Spring Festival greetings.
Cam: Yes, during the Spring Festival you can say祝你春节快乐(zhù nǐ chūnjié kuàilè)!
Yajie: Well done. 祝你春节快乐(zhù nǐ chūnjié kuàilè)! I wish you a happy Spring Festival.
Cam: Or they will send their best wishes by saying “祝您全家幸福!(zhù nín quánjiā xìngfú!)”.
Yajie: Right. Another saying is 祝你万事如意! “All the best!” Today we’ll continue with the topic of celebrating holidays or birthdays. First let’s check our key words of the day!
Key words
Today we’ll learn some popular holiday and birthday expressions. 我送你一件礼物,请收下。谢谢你的礼物!您太客气了。All in today’s Chinese Studio.
Cam: In Canada, people usually bring a gift when attending a birthday party. Is it the same here in China?
Yajie: Yes. More and more people bring gifts for the birthday boy or girl.
Cam: What do you say in Chinese when you are presenting a gift?
Yajie: Well, you could say 我送你一件礼物,请收下(wǒ sòng nǐ yí jiàn lǐwù, qǐng shōuxià.)。Literally it means “here’s a present, please accept it”.
Cam: Such a long sentence. This is going to be tough!
Yajie: Well. No worries. Let’s learn it one by one. 我 is I. We’ve learned it before. Right?
Cam: Yes. 我 (wǒ) is I. And 你(nǐ) is you.
Yajie: Exactly. 送 is a verb. It means sending. 送, s-o-n-g, the fourth tone. 送.
Cam: 送(sòng).
Yajie: 一is the number one. It means you are giving one present.
Cam: yi
Yajie: 件, here is a measure word. Generally speaking it means piece. 件, j-i-a-n, the fourth tone.
Cam:一件 (yí jiàn).
Yajie: Here comes the word 礼物(lǐwù), gift. 礼, l-i, the third tone. 物, w-u, the forth tone. 礼物(lǐwù)
Cam: 礼物(lǐwù).

Conversations (1):

Yajie: 请收下means please accept it! 请, the third tone, means please.
Cam: 请 (qǐng).
Yajie: 收下, accept it. 收, s-h-o-u, the first tone..
Cam: 收 (shōu).
Yajie:下, xià.
Cam: 下(xià).
Yajie: 请收下(shōu xià). Please accept it.
Yajie: So together我送你一件礼物,请收下
Cam: wǒ sòng nǐ yí jiàn lǐwù, qǐng shōuxià


Conversations (2):

Yajie: Well, from the conversation you may learn the answer to我送您一件礼物could be 谢谢你的礼物!您太客气了Thank you for your present, that’s very kind of you.
Cam: 谢谢你的礼物, 您太客气了(xièxie).


Conversations (3):

Key words reminder
Today we’ve learned some popular holiday and birthday expressions.我送你一件礼物,请收下. Here’s a present. Please accept it. 谢谢你的礼物!您太客气了。 Thank you for your gift. That’s very kind of you.

Yajie: Well, that wraps up this edition of Chinese Studio.

Now question of the day: What do you say in Chinese when you are presenting a gift?

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A Kansas delegation's visit to China last year paid off with the University of Kansas and China's Ministry of Education announcing they will establish a Confucius Institute at the University of Kansas Edwards Campus in Overland Park.

China's vice minister for education, Wu Qidi, will lead a Chinese delegation to Kansas for a dedication ceremony May 4 at the Edwards Campus, 12600 Quivira Road.

The first three Confucius Institutes in the U.S. opened at the University of Maryland, the Chicago Public Schools system and New York's China Institute. Edwards Campus will have the fourth institute.

China picked KU, which enrolls more than 200 Chinese students, as a site because of the university's commitment to studying China and extensive outreach programs related to East Asia, said Bill Tsutsui, associate history professor and director of KU's Freeman Foundation Undergraduate Asian Studies Initiative programs.

Tsutsui will serve as the Edward's Campus Confucius Institute's executive director. He accompanied Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and Chancellor Robert Hemenway on the fall visit to China.

The Institute will serve communities, businesses, schools, government, nonprofit groups and the media throughout the nation by offering language instruction, training language teachers and promoting cultural outreach programs.

KU's Confucius Institute will occupy several offices in Regnier Hall and offer courses starting this fall.

"KU was one of the first universities in this nation to establish direct exchange programs in China," Hemenway said. "Having the Confucius Institute here reflects the strength of KU's connection to China as well as our superb and extensive Chinese and East Asian programs. This will give this state and region a competitive advantage now as China is emerging as a leading economic force in the world."

China is the third-largest purchaser of Kansas products, buying more than $300 million in goods and services in 2005, according to the state Department of Commerce.

"China is quickly becoming a huge world economy and establishing good trade relations with them has been viewed as a major opportunity for many of our Kansas businesses," Edwards Campus Vice Chancellor Bob Clark said.

The state's first Beijing office opened during Sebelius' trade mission to China.

"The Edwards Campus offers the Chinese government exactly what it hopes to accomplish," Clark said. "It will bring the culture and language of China into closer proximity to larger populations of the country where the Chinese feel they can establish a good relationship. They see the U.S. and selected areas as a huge potential in terms of trade, cultural relationships and friendships."

The institute will give kindergarten to 12th-graders something unique in the nation - direct access to Chinese culture and language.

"It will involve going into K-12 schools and doing cultural and language kinds of things," Clark said. "It will also allow students and adults to come to the Edwards Campus to learn more about the language and culture."

The Confucius Institute will offer Web-based programs statewide.

"This couldn't have been a better fit," Clark said. "China recognizes that there already is an interest here that they would like to strengthen."

Language courses in mandarin Chinese will be offered and there will be summer camps for schoolchildren.

"We are working extensively in the schools to get more Chinese language training," Clark said. "We are working with an education learning center to offer interactive distance learning in seven different school districts. They will be getting Chinese through the institute." Only 36 students in Kansas are learning Chinese now and all are in the Shawnee Mission and Olathe school districts.

"We will be able to triple that overnight," Clark said. "There are not enough qualified teachers so we will be working to train more teachers."

The institute also will offer programs for business, including etiquette for business people traveling to China.

"Applebee's is going into China because they see a market for that kind of dining there," Clark said. "Yellow Freight also has a lot of business in China."

The institute will involve two full-time and two part-time employees in addition to Tsutsui. The Chinese government is underwriting a large portion of the costs and KU offers office and classroom space to launch the programs.

The institute will offers speakers on the economy, culture, music and philosophy.

"KU is one of the best universities for studying the Chinese language and culture," Tsutsui said. "The chancellor was very aggressive. He is a leader in internationalizing the institution. When in China last summer, he visited the Chinese Ministry of Education and sold them on the idea of having the institute here in Kansas."

Tsutsui said most people will be able to afford the cost to learn to speak Chinese; costs have not been set.

"I'm really thrilled about having this in Johnson County," he said.

Tsutsui has spent 13 years at KU. He received a Ph.D in Asian history from Princeton University.

Sixteen KU faculty members have research specializations in Chinese fields. The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures offers four levels of Chinese language and has 90 students enrolled in Chinese language classes. The University Libraries have a full-time Chinese librarian and a collection of publications in Chinese.

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