Unit 11

Part I: Listen and Learn 5

Click on the speaker icon of the following sentences and listen to the recording. The Chinese characters are in big5 format.
  1. N xngq li xngq tin zu shnme?

  2. What do you do on Saturdays and Sundays?
  3. W ybn zi ji xixi xixi.

  4. I usually stay at home (and) take a rest.
  5. Jil de sh hn du, zu bu wn.

  6. (There are many household chores, (you) never finish them.
  7. B chq kn dinyng ma?

  8. (You) don't go out (an) watch movies?
  9. Yude shhou q kn dinyng.

  10. Sometimes (I) go to see movies.
  11. Dubuq, xinzi j din le?

  12. Excuse me, what time is it now?
  13. Xinzi ch ling fn ji din, znme le?

  14. (It) is two to nine, what's up?
  15. W gi zu le. W gn y ge pngyou yu yu.

  16. I got to go. I have an appointment with a friend.
  17. Zijin.

  18. Good-bye.

  • 'xixi 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].

  • 'zu bu wn': unable to finish. This pattern 'V+de(bu)+wn' indicates if an event can or cannot be completed. More examples:

  • zu de wn [can finish doing (it)]
    kn bu wn [cannot finish reading (it)]
    xu de wn [can finish studying (lessons)]
  • 'znme 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.

  • 'gi' is a short form for 'ynggi' [should]
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