Part I: Listen and Learn 5
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What do you do on Saturdays and
I usually stay at home (and) take
de sh hn
(There are many household chores,
(you) never finish them.
(You) don't go out (an) watch movies?
Sometimes (I) go to see movies.
Excuse me, what time is it now?
(It) is two to nine, what's up?
zu le. W
ge pngyou yu
I got to go. I have an appointment
with a friend.
xixi' is the reduplicated
version of 'xixi' [to
rest]. Reduplication of a verb carries the meaning of 'have a ...', e.g.
'knkan' [to take a look].
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bu wn': unable to finish.
This pattern 'V+de(bu)+wn'
indicates if an event can or cannot be completed. More examples:
de wn [can finish doing
bu wn [cannot finish reading
de wn [can finish studying
le?' is an expression to ask what is happening after finding out that is
happening. It cannot be used in the same way as English greeting 'what's
up?' among intemate friends.
is a short form for 'ynggi'