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

Person Pinyin Chinese English
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

Person Pinyin Chinese English
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

Person Pinyin Chinese English
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

Person Pinyin Chinese English
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 gài roughly; probably; rough; approximate; about; general idea
觉得 jué de to think; to feel
英语 yīng yǔ English (language)
洗手间 xí shǒu jiān toilet; lavatory; washroom
右手 yòu shǒu right hand; right-hand side
biān side; edge; margin
应该 yīng gāi ought to; should; must
bié do not; must not
wàng to forget; to overlook; to neglect
洗手 xí shǒu to 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 lín welcome
这边 zhè biān this side; here
qǐng to ask; to invite; please (do sth); to treat (to a meal etc); to request
服务员 fú wù yuán waiter; waitress; attendant; customer service personnel; Classifiers: 个
菜单 cài dān menu; Classifiers: 份
慢慢 màn màn slowly
事情 shì qing affair; matter; thing; business; Classifiers: 件
牛肉 niú ròu beef
tāng soup
知道 zhī dào to know; to become aware of; also pr.
le (modal particle intensifying preceding clause); (completed action marker)
国家 guó jiā country; nation; state; Classifiers: 个
yuǎn far; distant; remote;
shuō to speak; to say;
function word, connecting verb to adverb
zhēn really; truly; indeed; real; true; genuine
多久 duō jiǔ how long?
yuè moon; month; monthly; Classifiers: 个
还好 hái hǎo not bad; tolerable; fortunately
当然 dāng rán only natural; as it should be; certainly; of course; without doubt
zuò to do; to make; to produce;
cool, ruthless
nián year
nán difficult (to…); problem; difficulty; difficult; not good
可是 kě shì but; however; (used for emphasis) indeed
喜欢 xǐ huān to like; to be fond of
意思 yì si idea; opinion; meaning;
明白 míng bai clear; obvious; unequivocal; to understand; to realize
那边 nà bian over there; yonder
客气 kè qi polite; courteous; formal; modest
不会 bú huì impossible

 

Vocabulary Section 3

These are words learned in Mandarin One

wèi classifier for people (honorific)
liǎng two; both
谢谢 xiè xie to thank; thanks; thank you
请问 qǐng wèn Excuse me, may I ask…?
可以 ké can; may; possible; able to; not bad; pretty good
kàn to 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)”
é to chant
děng to wait for
I; me; my
zhè this; these;
shì is; are; am; yes; to be
我们 wǒ men we; us; ourselves; our
de of; ~’s (possessive particle);
小姐 xiáo jie young lady; miss; (slang) prostitute; Classifiers: 个
你们 nǐ men you (plural)
这个 zhè ge this; this one
什么 shén me what?; who?; something; anything
you (informal, as opposed to courteous 您 )
不是 bú shi fault; blame
中国人 zhōng guó rén Chinese person
exclamatory final particle
that; those; then (in that case); commonly pr. before a classifier, esp. in Beijing
哪个 nǎ ge which; who
美国 měi guó United States; USA; US
rén man; person; people; Classifiers: 个
jiā home; family
hǎo good; well; prope; okay
ā interjection of surprise; Ah!; Oh!
中文 zhōng wén Chinese; Chinese written language; Chinese writing
hěn (adverb of degree); quite; very; awfully
Ā just a sound
lái to come; to arrive; to come round; ever since; next
中国 zhōng guó China
zài (located) at; (to be) in; to exist; in the middle of doing sth; (indicating an action in progress)
liù six
surname Ye; also; too; (in Classical Chinese) final particle implying affirmation
老师 lǎo shī teacher; Classifiers: 个
学生 xué sheng student; schoolchild
xué to learn; to study; to imitate; science; -ology
particle used to indicate a suggestion
(negative prefix); not; no
ēn (a groaning sound)
哪里 ná where?
那里 nà li there; that place; also written 那里 ; there; that place
哈哈 hā hā (onom.) laughing out loud
ne particle meaning something like “what about … “