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Topic: Learn Chinese in China
Vocabulary: 太贵了,能不能便宜点儿?That’s too expensive. Could it be a little bit cheaper?
Function: learn expressions for bargaining
Level: Zero to Survival Level (see level map)
Tag: Learn Chinese in China Pod cast mp3
Copyright: CRI FM
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Yajie: Perfect Chinese your way, in only five minutes a day. Welcome to our Chinese Studio. 早上好 everybody, I’m Yajie.
Cam: And I’m Cam. 早上好(zǎoshang hǎo). What shall we learn today?
Yajie: Last time we learned some expressions when shopping. 元(yuan), 角(jiao), 分(fen).
Cam: 元(yuan), 角(jiao), 分(fen). I also remember 块 (kuai) and 毛 (mao), like六块(liu kuai) and 一毛(yi mao)..
Yajie: Right. 六块(liu kuai) is six yuan ,and一毛(yi mao) is 0.1 yuan.
Cam: OK. Then if I want to buy something, I can ask the seller in Chinese “这个多少钱?” (zhège duōshao qián?) How much is it? Right?
Yajie: Exactly. 这个多少钱?How much is it? If you are not satisfied with the price, In China, you can begin bargaining, and that is what we are going to learn today.
Key words
Today we’ll learn expressions for bargaining, and they are: 太贵了,能不能便宜点儿?That’s too expensive. Could it be a little bit cheaper? All in today’s Chinese Studio.
Yajie: When you visit a market in China, you may hear the salesperson asking you “您好,您想买什么?”Hello! Can I help you?
Cam: “您好,您想买什么?” (nín hǎo, nín xiǎng mǎi shénme?)
Yajie: 想 means “want to”. 想, x-i-a-n-g, the third tone. 想(xiǎng).
Cam: 想(xiǎng).
Yajie: 买means buy. 买, m-a-i, also the third tone. 买(mǎi).
Cam: 买(mǎi).
Yajie: 什么 (shenme) means what.
Cam: 什么 (shenme).
Yajie: “您想买什么?” (nín xiǎng mǎi shénme?) What do you want to buy? What would you like to buy?
Cam: “您想买什么?” (nín xiǎng mǎi shénme?)

Conversations (1):

Yajie: If you are not satisfied with the price, you can say “太贵了。能不能便宜点儿?”. That’s too expensive. Could it be a little bit cheaper?
Cam: 太贵了(tai gui le). Tai means “too” t-o-o and gui le means expensive. Tai gui le. Too expensive.
Yajie: 能不能? (néng bu néng) 能means could, 能不能means “Could it be”?
Cam: 能不能? (néng bu néng)
Yajie: 便宜 means cheap. 便宜(pianyi).
Cam: 便宜(pianyi).
Yajie: 点儿is short for 一点儿, meaning a little bit.
Cam: 一点儿(yi dianr).
Yajie: 便宜点儿.
Cam: 便宜点儿 (pianyi dianr).
Yajie: 能不能便宜点儿? (néng bu néng pianyi dianr)
Cam: 能不能便宜点儿? (néng bu néng pianyi dianr)
Yajie: Well, in recent years there are more and more supermarkets and department stores with fixed prices in China. As a result, there are fewer and fewer opportunities for true bargaining.


Conversations (2):

Key words reminder
Today we’ve learned some bargaining expressions, and they are: 太贵了,能不能便宜点儿?That’s too expensive. Could it be a little bit cheaper?


Conversations (3):

Yajie: Ok, That’s it for this edition of Chinese Studio.

Now question of the day: In Chinese, how do you begin bargaining when you are not satisfied with the price.

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You could buy a book, you could hire a personal tutor, but most foreigners who come to China to learn Chinese choose one of the following two ways:


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Additional Resources

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