At a Restaurant

At a Restaurant

This fluentu video contains tons of words from Mandarin One, and a handful from Mandarin Two and Three.

My recommendation is to watch the video first and see how much you understand.  Then return to this page and listen to the audio while following along with the pinyin below.  Then go back to the video and see how much you improved.

Part One

PersonPinyinChineseEnglish
男人Huānyíng guānglín欢迎光临Welcome
服务员Ní hǎo你好Hello
男人Jǐ wèi几位How many?
服务员Liǎng wèi两位Two
男人Hǎo zhè biān qǐng好这边请Okay, this way please
服务员Xièxiè谢谢Thank you
男人Fúwùyuán服务员Waiter
服务员Ní hǎo qǐngwèn, kéyǐ kàn yīxià càidān ma?你好请问,可以看一下菜单吗?Hello. May I ask, may I have a look at the menu?
男人Ó, kéyǐ kéyǐ, děng wǒ yíxià哦,可以可以,等我一下Oh, you can, wait a moment.
服务员Zhè shì wǒmen de càidān, qǐng màn man kàn这是我们的菜单,请慢慢看This is our menu, please take a look.
男人Xièxiè谢谢Thank you

Part Two

PersonPinyinChineseEnglish
男人Xiáojiě小姐Miss
服务员Èn, nǐmen shìqíng?恩,你们事情?Yes? What’s up?
男人Zhège, zhège shì shénme?这个,这个是什么?This one. What is this?
服务员Zhège? Zhège shì niúròu tāng这个?这个是牛肉汤This one? This is beef soup.
男人Ó, wǒ zhīdàole哦,我知道了Okay, I get it now.
服务员Èi, nǐ bùshì zhōngguó rén me?诶, 你不是中国人么?Hey. You are not Chinese?
男人Bùshì不是No.
服务员Nà, nǐ shì nǎge guójiā de?那,你是哪个国家的?Then, which country are you from?
男人Wǒ shì měiguó rén.我是美国人。I am American.
服务员Nà nǐ de jiā hǎo yuǎn a那你的家好远啊That your home far away ah.
男人Nǐ de zhōngwén shuō dé hén hǎo你的中文说得很好Your Chinese is very good!
服务员Zhēn de ma? Xièxiè ā真的吗?谢谢阿Really? Thank you.
男人Nǐ lái zhōngguó duōjiǔle你来中国多久了How long have you been in China?
服务员Wǒ zài zhōngguó wǔ gè yuèle我在中国五个月了I have been in China for five months
男人Wǔ gè yuèle, nà zhēn de hěn hǎo五个月了,那真的很好Five months, that’s really good.
服务员Xièxiè, xièxiè, hái hǎo a, nǐ kéyǐ yěshì谢谢谢谢,还好啊,你可以也是Thank you, Thank you. It’s just okay. You are also good.
男人Wǒ de zhōngwén a? Nà dāngrán ā, wǒ shì zhōngguó rén.我的中文啊?那当然阿,我是中国人。My Chinese? Of course, I am Chinese.

Part Three

PersonPinyinChineseEnglish
服务员Nǐ zài zhōngguó zuò shénme ne? Nǐ shì lǎoshī ma?你在中国做什么呢?你是老师吗?What do you do in China? Are you a teacher?
男人Wǒ, wǒ búshì lǎoshī wǒ shì xuéshēng我,我不是老师我是学生I, I am not a teacher I am a student
服务员Nǐ shì xuéshēng ma? Nà nǐ zàixué shénme ne?你是学生吗?那你在学什么呢?A student? What are you learning?
男人Wǒ? wǒ xué zhōngwén.我?我学中文。Me? I am learning Chinese.
服务员Ó, zài zhōngguó xué zhōngwén de měiguó rén, háo kū, ā哦,在中国学中文的美国人,好酷,啊Oh, an American in China learning Chinese. How cool!
男人Nǐ xué zhōngwén duōjiǔle你学中文多久了How long have you studied Chinese?
服务员Wǒ xuéle dàgài yì nián bǎ我学了大概一年吧I learned about a year.
男人Ó, bù jiù a, nà, nǐ juédé zhōngwén hěn nán xué ma?哦,不救啊,那,你觉得中文很难学吗?Oh, not long. Do you think Chinese is difficult to learn?
服务员Wǒ juédé zhēn de hěn nán xué, kěshì wó xǐhuān我觉得真的很难学,可是我喜欢I feel really hard to learn, but I like it
男人Èn, wó yěshì.嗯,我也是。Yes, me too.
服务员Ní yé xǐhuān xué zhōngwén ma?你也喜欢学中文吗?You also like to learn Chinese?
男人Bù bù, wǒ de yìsi shì, wǒ xǐhuān xué yīngyǔ不不,我的意思是,我喜欢学英语No, I mean, I like to learn English.
服务员Ó, wǒ míngbái哦,我明白Oh, I understand.

Part four

PersonPinyinChineseEnglish
男人xiǎojiě…小姐。。。Miss. . .
服务员Èn, shénme shì?嗯,什么是?Well, what is?
男人Qǐngwèn xíshǒujiān zài nálǐ?请问洗手间在哪里?Where is the toilet?
服务员Xǐshǒujiān zài nà biān, zài nàlǐ de yòushǒu biān洗手间在那边,在那里的右手边The toilet is over there, on the right hand side
男人Ó, hǎo, wǒ zhīdào, xiè xiè哦,好,我知道,谢谢Oh, Okay, I understand, thank you
服务员Bù kèqì, yīnggāi de… Bié wàngle xíshǒu不客气,应该的 。。。 别忘了洗手You’re welcome, it’s my duty. . . Don’t forget to wash your hands
男人Hāhā, bù huì, bù huì哈哈,不会, 不会Haha, no way, no way!

 

Vocabulary Section 1

These are words learned in Mandarin Three

大概dà gàiroughly; probably; rough; approximate; about; general idea
觉得jué deto think; to feel
英语yīng yǔEnglish (language)
洗手间xí shǒu jiāntoilet; lavatory; washroom
右手yòu shǒuright hand; right-hand side
biānside; edge; margin
应该yīng gāiought to; should; must
biédo not; must not
wàngto forget; to overlook; to neglect
洗手xí shǒuto wash one’s hands; to go to the toilet

 

Vocabulary Section 2

These are words learned in Mandarin Two

欢迎光临huān yíng guāng línwelcome
这边zhè biānthis side; here
qǐngto ask; to invite; please (do sth); to treat (to a meal etc); to request
服务员fú wù yuánwaiter; waitress; attendant; customer service personnel; Classifiers: 个
菜单cài dānmenu; Classifiers: 份
慢慢màn mànslowly
事情shì qingaffair; matter; thing; business; Classifiers: 件
牛肉niú ròubeef
tāngsoup
知道zhī dàoto know; to become aware of; also pr.
le(modal particle intensifying preceding clause); (completed action marker)
国家guó jiācountry; nation; state; Classifiers: 个
yuǎnfar; distant; remote;
shuōto speak; to say;
function word, connecting verb to adverb
zhēnreally; truly; indeed; real; true; genuine
多久duō jiǔhow long?
yuèmoon; month; monthly; Classifiers: 个
还好hái hǎonot bad; tolerable; fortunately
当然dāng ránonly natural; as it should be; certainly; of course; without doubt
zuòto do; to make; to produce;
cool, ruthless
niányear
nándifficult (to…); problem; difficulty; difficult; not good
可是kě shìbut; however; (used for emphasis) indeed
喜欢xǐ huānto like; to be fond of
意思yì siidea; opinion; meaning;
明白míng baiclear; obvious; unequivocal; to understand; to realize
那边nà bianover there; yonder
客气kè qipolite; courteous; formal; modest
不会bú huìimpossible

 

Vocabulary Section 3

These are words learned in Mandarin One

wèiclassifier for people (honorific)
liǎngtwo; both
谢谢xiè xieto thank; thanks; thank you
请问qǐng wènExcuse me, may I ask…?
可以kécan; may; possible; able to; not bad; pretty good
kànto see; to look at; to read; to watch
一下yí xià(used after a verb) give it a go; to do (sth for a bit to give it a try);
ma(question particle for \yes-no” questions)”
éto chant
děngto wait for
I; me; my
zhèthis; these;
shìis; are; am; yes; to be
我们wǒ menwe; us; ourselves; our
deof; ~’s (possessive particle);
小姐xiáo jieyoung lady; miss; (slang) prostitute; Classifiers: 个
你们nǐ menyou (plural)
这个zhè gethis; this one
什么shén mewhat?; who?; something; anything
you (informal, as opposed to courteous 您 )
不是bú shifault; blame
中国人zhōng guó rénChinese person
exclamatory final particle
that; those; then (in that case); commonly pr. before a classifier, esp. in Beijing
哪个nǎ gewhich; who
美国měi guóUnited States; USA; US
rénman; person; people; Classifiers: 个
jiāhome; family
hǎogood; well; prope; okay
āinterjection of surprise; Ah!; Oh!
中文zhōng wénChinese; Chinese written language; Chinese writing
hěn(adverb of degree); quite; very; awfully
Ājust a sound
láito come; to arrive; to come round; ever since; next
中国zhōng guóChina
zài(located) at; (to be) in; to exist; in the middle of doing sth; (indicating an action in progress)
liùsix
surname Ye; also; too; (in Classical Chinese) final particle implying affirmation
老师lǎo shīteacher; Classifiers: 个
学生xué shengstudent; schoolchild
xuéto learn; to study; to imitate; science; -ology
particle used to indicate a suggestion
(negative prefix); not; no
ēn(a groaning sound)
哪里náwhere?
那里nà lithere; that place; also written 那里 ; there; that place
哈哈hā hā(onom.) laughing out loud
neparticle meaning something like “what about … “