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 Lesson 109 Dating (1) 第一百零九课 约会(1)

James: Hello, welcome to a brand new week on Chinese Studio on CRI – wo shi James. 
Shanshan:  And I'm Shanshan. A brand new week and brand new hosts. James and I are sitting in for Cam and Yajie. The holiday is just over and we're back to work......
James: Which is a bit of shame because the holiday week is a time for special romances.
Shsh: Yeah, very true. But James, what romantic words would you say?
J: Well, I would completely at a loss, so this week let's find out how do we attract that special person.
Sh: Yeah, that's what we are going to learn.We are going to talk about 
J: So, let’s check out some of the key words for today.

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Key Words of the Day 
Do you come here often? 你经常来这儿吗?(ni3 jing1chang2 lai2 zhe4r ma?)You look very pretty/handsome. 你真漂亮!(ni3 zhen1 piao4liang!) What is your phone number? 你的电话号码是多少?(ni3 de dian4hua4 hao4ma3 shi4 duo1shao?) All in today’s Chinese Studio.
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Sh:  Do you come here often? 你经常来这儿吗?(ni3 jing1chang2 lai2 zhe4r ma?)
J:  你经常来这儿吗?(ni3 jing1chang2 lai2 zhe4r ma?)
Sh: 你 (ni3), third tone, you. 
J: 你 (ni3)
Sh 经常 (jing1chang2), often. 
J: 经常 (jing1chang2)
Sh: 来 (lai2), to come. 
J: 来 (lai2)
Sh: 这儿 (zhe4r), here. 
J: 这儿 (zhe4r)
Sh: 吗 (ma), a question mark.
J: 吗 (ma)
Sh: 你经常来这儿吗?(ni3 jing1chang2 lai2 zhe4r ma?)
J:你经常来这儿吗?(ni3 jing1chang2 lai2 zhe4r ma?) Do you come here often?

Conversation 1:

Sh: James, what would you say to beautiful girls you meet.   
J: Well I would first call them very pretty.
Sh: Do you know how to say it in Chinese?
J: I don't know. 
Sh: Okay.
J: Let's find out. 
Sh: Right. It's 你真漂亮!(ni3 zhen1 piao4liang!) 
J: 你真漂亮!(ni3 zhen1 piao4liang!)
Sh: You look very pretty.你真漂亮!(ni3 zhen1 piao4liang!) 
J: 你真漂亮!(ni3 zhen1 piao4liang!) 
Sh: 你 (ni3), as we mentioned just now,  you. 
J:你 (ni3)
Sh:  真 (zhen1), very, really. 
J:真 (zhen1) 
Sh:  漂亮 (piao4liang), pretty.  
J: 漂亮 (piao4liang)
Sh: So the whole sentence reads 你真漂亮!(ni3 zhen1 piao4liang!) 
J: 你真漂亮!(ni3 zhen1 piao4liang!) You look very pretty! 
Sh: Girls prefer to say 谢谢(xie4xie4) after hearing the compliments.
J: 谢谢!(xie4xie4)Well, I want to have the phone number of that pretty Chinese girl that I was talking to. Could you please tell how I ask for it?
Sh: No problem! You can say 你的电话号码是多少?(ni3 de dian4hua4 hao4ma3 shi4 duo1shao?)
J: 你的电话号码是多少?(ni3 de dian4hua4 hao4ma3 shi4 duo1shao?)
Sh:  电话号码 (dian4hua4 hao4ma3), phone number.
J: 电话号码 (dian4hua4 hao4ma3)
Sh: 你的 (ni3 de), your. 
J: 你的 (ni3 de)
Sh:  是 (shi4), is. 
J: 是 (shi4)
Sh: 多少 (duo1shao), indicates an uncertain quantity. 
J: 多少 (duo1shao),
Sh: So the whole sentence is 你的电话号码是多少?(ni3 de dian4hua4 hao4ma3 shi4 duo1shao?)
J:你的电话号码是多少?(ni3 de dian4hua4 hao4ma3 shi4 duo1shao?) What is your phone number?

Conversation 3:

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Key Words Reminder 
Do you come here often? 你经常来这儿吗?(ni3 jing1chang2 lai2 zhe4r ma?)You look very pretty/handsome. 你真漂亮!(ni3 zhen1 piao4liang!) What is your phone number? 你的电话号码是多少?(ni3 de dian4hua4 hao4ma3 shi4 duo1shao?) 
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Sh: Okay, hope these sentences help when another romance comes up.
J: Well, I certainly think it's a good start.
Sh: Okay, keep practicing. 
J: I will, that was our first dating show on CRI and we hope to have a few more coming up.
Sh: Sure, we'll discuss more in the next edition.And it's time for our question of the day. How do you say what is your phone number in Chinese?
J: See ya tomorrow! 
Sh: Zai jian.

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