Mr Wang () and Ms Zhang () are arranging a dinner date.

PinyinChineseEnglish
Nǐ jīntiān wǎnshang gàn shénme ?你今天晚上干什么?What are you doing this evening?
Jīntiān shì xīngqī jǐ?今天是星期几?Today is what day of the week?
Xīngqīwǔ.星期五。Friday.
Wǒ méishì.我没事。I’m not doing anything.
Wǒmen yìqǐ qù chī wǎnfàn, hǎo bu hǎo?我们一起去吃晚饭,好不好?Let’s have dinner together, okay?
Hǎo, jí diǎn zhōng?好,几点钟?Sure, what time?
Wǎnshang qī diǎn bàn.晚上七点半。7:30PM
Wǒmen qù nálǐ ?我们去哪里?Where will we go?
Qù Běijīng fàndiàn ba.去北京饭店吧。To the Beijing Restaurant.
Běijīng Fàndiàn yóu kǎoyā ma?北京饭店有烤鸭吗?Does Beijing Restaurant have roast duck?
Yǒu, tāmen de kǎoyā hén hǎochī.有, 他们的烤鸭很好吃。Yes, their roast duck is very delicious.
Wǒmen zǎo yìdiǎn qù ba.我们早一点去吧。Let’s go a little earlier, okay?
Hǎo ba, liù diǎn yíkè ba.好吧, 6点一刻吧。Okay 6:15?
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Vocabulary

PinyinChineseEngish
gàn shénme干什么what are you doing?Interogative Pronoun
xīngqī星期weekNoun, for example, “one week” is yì gè xīngqī.
xīngqīwǔ星期五FridayNoun, 5th day of the week. Note: each day of the week follows this format. Except Sunday which is xīngqī tian
xīngqī jǐ星期几which dayInterogatvie pronoun, meaning “which day of the week”. Previously we learned that jǐ means how many. This usage is similar, but different
shìmatter, affairNoun, something that requires someones attention
diǎnhour o’clockNoun, like tiān this word acts as its own measure word for hours.
diǎnzhōng点钟hour o’clockNoun, note: diǎn and diǎnzhōng can be used interchangably in this context.
bànhalfNumber
kǎoyā烤鸭roast duckNoun
fàndiàn饭店restaurantNoun
hǎochī好吃deliciousAdjective
yí一刻one quarter hour 
Hǎo ba好吧OkayExpression of agreement

Pinyin and Pronunciation

initials:
finals:
uuauouaiueiuanunuangungAudio
 wuwawowaiweiwanwenwangweng
zhzhuzhuazhuozhuaizhuizhuanzhunzhuangzhong
chchu chuo chuichuanchunchuangchong
shshushuashuoshuaishuishuanshunshuang 
rru ruo ruiruanrun rong
zzu zuo zuizuanzun zong
ccu cuo cuicuancun cong
ssu suo suisuansun song

Note

  • The “ui” combination is pronounced like the english word “way”. This combination should be spelled “uei”, but the designers of pinyin decided to leave out the “e” for your convenience.

Listen and circle the one you hear

  • cu – su, ru – rui, zhua – shua, zun – cun,
  • zhou – zhuo, cuo – zuo, shu – shuo, shuai – zhuai
  • shou – xiu, xue – shui, zuo – zou, rong – rang
  • chun – shun, wai – wei, ruan – run, su – sui

Listen and add the correct tone marks

  • gan shenme, xingqi, shi
  • dian zhong, liang dian ban, kao ya
  • fandian, haochi, yi ke
  • deng yi xia, mi fan, qing shao deng

Grammar Patterns

Zǎo yìdiǎn

This means “a little earlier”. The pattern is “yìdiǎn”. When yìdiǎn follows an adjective it indicated more. For example hǎo yìdiǎn, would mean “a little better”. [note: yìdiǎnr is the Beijing way to pronounce yìdiǎn]

Xīngqī jǐ

This means “which day of the week”. Previously we learned that jǐ means how many, but in this case it is asking for which number week day. jǐ is also used to ask about the time: jǐ diǎn (what time is it?)

Méishì

This expression is a short for méi yǒu shì, or “don’t have anything in particular to do”. To say the opposite you may use “wǒ yǒu shì”.

Homework

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Audio

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