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Dialogue 7, basic conversation

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Basic Chinese conversation,
Dialogue 7

(written in pinyin)

A:    zaoshang hao.

B:    zaoshang hao.

A:    wo keyi ma?

B:    keyi.

A:    qing wen, ni jiao shenme

       mingzi?

B:    wo jiao Wawa. ni ne, ni jiao

       shenme?

A:    wo jiao Oliver. hen gaoxing

       renshi ni!

B:    wo ye shi.

A:    ni shi zhongguoren ma?

B:    dangran. ni ne?

A:    wo laizi ouzhou.

B:    en, laowai.

A:    shenme?

B:    ni shi laowai. waiguoren.

A:    meicuo. ni chi fan le ma?

B:    mei you.

A:    na wo qing ni chi fan.

B:    xing. xiexie ni.

A:    zou ba.

B:    Let’s go!

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Basic Chinese conversation,
Dialogue 7

(written with Chinese characters)

A:    早上好。

B:    早上好。

A:    我可以吗?

B:    可以。

A:    请问,你叫什么名字?

B:    我叫 Wawa。你呢,你叫什么?

A:    我叫 Oliver。很高兴认识你。

B:    我也是。

A:    你是中国人吗?

B:    当然。你呢?

A:    我来自欧洲。

B:    嗯。老外。

A:    什么?

B:    你是老外。外国人。

A:    没错。你吃饭了吗?

B:    没有。

A:    那我请你吃饭。

B:    行。谢谢你。

A:    走吧。

B:    Let’s go!

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Basic Chinese conversation,
Dialogue 7

TEST

1. “zaoshang hao” means “Good morning”. What is the most literal English translation of “zaoshang hao”?

(A) morning good

(B) on early good

(C) early on good

(D) good morning


2. How do you write “Good morning” with Chinese characters?

(A) 上早好

(B) 早上好

(C) 好早上

(D) 好上早


Verbs in Chinese language never change, their only form is the infinitive. For example, “He go”, “Yesterday I go”, etc. 


3. How do you write the Chinese verb “can” in pinyin, and with Chinese characters?

(A) keyi / 可一

(B) kejie / 可以

(C) keji / 口以 

(D) keyi / 可以


4. If you ask a question to a stranger, then it’s polite to introduce the question with “Qing wen, … ? ”. What is the literal English translation of “Qing wen” ?

(A) please ask

(B) moment ask

(C) like know

(D) please disturb


5. How do you write the Chinese verb “ask” with pinyin, and with a Chinese character?

(A) wen / 门

(B) when / 问

(C) wen / 们

(D) wen / 问


The Chinese character for “ask” is a combination of the characters for “door” and “mouth”. Just imagine somebody opening a door, and asking a question.


6. The Chinese character for the verb “ask” is a combination of which two characters?

(A) 门 + 口

(B) 们 + 口

(C) 问 + 人

(D) 可 + 以


7. Which of these Chinese characters means “Please”?

(A) 清

(B) 请

(C) 情

(D) 晴


8. The question “What’s your name?”, in Chinese, is “Ni jiao shenme mingzi?” . What is the most literal translation into English of that question?  

(A) How call you?

(B) You being called what?

(C) You being called how?

(D) You being called what name?


9. In Chinese, there is one verb which means both “call” and “being called”. For example, the sentence “I’m called A and I call you B” uses that verb twice. How do you write that verb with pinyin, and with a Chinese character?

(A) tiao / 叫 

(B) jiao / 叩

(C) jiao / 叫

(D) tiao / 叩


The Chinese word 呢 (ne) is said at the end of a sentence, and means “What about ….?”. For example, “Ni ne?” means “What about you?” 

 

10. How do you write with Chinese characters  “What about you guys?” ?

(A) 你们 呢?

(B) 他们 呢?

(C) 我们 呢?

(D) 她们 呢?


11. If you introduce yourself, you say “Nice to meet you”. In Chinese you say “Hen gaoxing renshi ni”. What is the most literal translation in English of that sentence?

(A) very good call you

(B) very happy know you

(C) very pleased make acquaintance

(D) very good know you


12. What does this question mean?

她 是 外国人 吗?

(A) Are you a Chinese?
(B) Is he an American?

(C) Are they Europeans?

(D) Is she a foreigner?


13. How do you write “Of course!” in Chinese, with  pinyin and with Chinese characters?

(A) dangren / 当热

(B) dangran / 当然

(C) dangran / 当热

(D)  dengren / 当人  


A “laowai" is the Chinese, very informal word for a foreigner “with a different face”. So this does not include a Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese etc.

A “waiguoren” is the Chinese, formal word for any foreigner.


14. How do you write “waiguoren” with Chinese characters, and what is the most literal translation into English?

(A) 外国人 / out China person

(B) 外玉人 / out country person

(C) 夕国人 / out China man

(D) 外国人 / out country person


15. “That’s right!” or “Correct!” in Chinese is “mei cuo”. How do you write “mei cuo” with Chinese characters, and what is the most literal English translation?

(A) 没错 / not correct

(B) 美错 / beautiful right

(C) 没措 / not mistaken

(D) 没错 / not mistaken


The verb “eat” in Chinese is “chi fan” (literally: eat meal). By saying “le” after a verb, the verb turns into the past tense.


16. How do you ask “Have you eaten?” ?

(A) Ni chi fan le ma?

(B) Nimen chi fan ma?

(C) Ni fan le ma?

(D) Ni chi fan le?


17. What is the best way to translate 那 (na) in the sentence “Na wo qing ni chi fan.” into English?

(A) of course

(B) then / in that case

(C) invite

(D) eat


18. There is one Chinese word that means both “invite” and “please”. How do you write that word with pinyin and with a Chinese character? 

(A) ching / 请

(B) qing / 清

(C) qing / 请

(D) jing / 京


19. What does “她们 问 了 吗?”  mean?

(A) What’s your name?

(B) Have they eaten?

(C) Have they asked?

(D) Have you asked?


20. What does  行 (xing)  mean?

(A) OK

(B) please

(C) eat

(D) invite


You can say 吧 (ba) after an imperative verb to soften the pressure. For example, “Go!” + ba = “You better go.”


21. How do you say “Let’s eat.” (instead of the imperative “We eat!”) ?

(A) 我们 吃饭。

(B) 你们 吃饭 吧。

(C) 我 吃饭 吧

(D) 我们 吃饭 吧。


22. The verb 走 (zou) means “go”, in general on foot. How do you say “Let’s go.”  ?

(A) 他们 走 吧。

(B) 我们 走 吧。

(C) 我们 走 把

(D) 我们 走 钯。

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