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Lesson 201 Good Manners 第二百零一课 礼貌(2)

B: We're talking about good manners on this week's show… da4 jia1 hao3, Wo shi Brendan.
Y: Wo shi Yajie. Welcome to Chinese Studio everyone. Good manners are something necessary to learn.
B: especially if you want to use them in Chinese…
Y: Right. Let's get started from Key words of the day!

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Key words of the day
Excuse me, I have a call to answer. 不好意思,我接个电话。Sorry to interrupt.对不起,打断一下。Can I have a word with you? 可以和你说几句话吗?Certainly, go ahead. 当然可以了,说吧。All in today's Chinese Studio.

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B: Yajie, let's say we're having a meeting, and someone calls my mobile phone. How do I say "Excuse me, I have a call to answer." in Chinese?
Y: You can say 不好意思,我接个电话 bu4 hao3 yi4 si, wo3 jie1 ge4 dian4 hua4.
B: bu4 hao3 yi4 si.wo3 jie1 ge4 dian4 hua4.
Y: 不好意思 bu4 hao3 yi4 si literally means feel embarrassed. Here it means excuse me.
B: bu4 hao3 yi4 si.
Y: 我 wo3 means I,
B: wo3.
Y: 接 jie1 means answer a call,
B: jie1.
Y: 个 ge4 is short for 一个 yi2 ge4, which means one,
B: ge4.
Y: 电话 dian4 hua4 means phone call,
B: dian4 hua4.
Y: 我接个电话 wo3 jie1 ge4 dian4 hua4
B: wo3 jie1 ge4 dian4 hua4 I have a call to answer.
Y: Now let's repeat the whole sentence…bu4 hao3 yi4 si.wo3 jie1 ge4 dian4 hua4.
B: 不好意思,我接个电话。bu4 hao3 yi4 si. wo3 jie1 ge4 dian4 hua4. Excuse me, I have a phone call to answer.

Conversation 1:

A: 不好意思,我接个电话.
B: 没关系。

…. (Brendan you're talking with others…)

Y: Brendan, 对不起,打断一下…
B: Yajie, what does that mean?
Y: It means Sorry to interrupt.
B: I see…It’s okay. What's it in Chinese again?
Y: it's 对不起,打断一下 dui4 bu4 qi3, da3 duan4 yi2 xia4.
B: dui4 bu4 qi3, da3 duan4 yi2 xia4.
Y: 对不起 dui4 bu4 qi3 means sorry,
B: dui4 bu4 qi3,
Y: 打断 da3 duan4 means interrupt,
B: da3 duan4,
Y: 一下 yi2 xia4 means very short time,
B: yi2 xia4
Y: 对不起,打断一下 dui4 bu4 qi3, da3 duan4 yi2 xia4.
B: dui4 bu4 qi3, da3 duan4 yi2 xia4. Sorry to interrupt.

Conversation 2:

A: 对不起,打断一下。
B: 没关系,什么事?
A:这是给你的快件。
B:好的,谢谢。

B: Yajie, 对不起,打断一下 dui4 bu4 qi3, da3 duan4 yi2 xia4…
Y: haha, you already know how to use it…
B: Can I have a word with you? …How do I say it in Chinese?
Y: I see… you mean you want to know how to say "Can I have a word with you" in Chinese?
B: Exactly.
Y: no problem. It's 可以和你说几句话吗?
B: ke2 yi3 he2 ni3 shuo1 ji3 ju4 hua4 ma?
Y: 可以 ke2 yi3 means can I,
B: ke2 yi3,
Y: he2 ni3 means with you,
B: 和你 he2 ni3,
Y: 说 shuo1 means to speak,
B: shuo1,
Y: 几句话 ji3 ju4 hua4 means some words,
B: ji3 ju4 hua4
Y: 可以和你说几句话吗?ke2 yi3 he2 ni3 shuo1 ji3 ju4 hua4 ma?
B: ke2 yi3 he2 ni3 shuo1 ji3 ju4 hua4 ma? Can I have a word with you?

Conversation 3:

A: 对不起,打断一下。可以和你说几句话吗?
B: 当然可以了。说吧。

B: If someone asks me "Can I have a word with you?" How do I say "Certainly, go ahead" in Chinese?
Y: you can say “当然可以了,说吧。”
B: dang1 ran2 ke2 yi3 le, shuo1 ba.
Y: 当然 dang1 ran2 means certainly,
B: dang1 ran2
Y: 可以 ke2 yi3 means you can,
B: ke2 yi3,
Y: 说吧 shuo1 ba means go ahead,
B: shuo1 ba.
Y: 当然可以了,说吧。dang1 ran2 ke2 yi3 le, shuo1 ba.
B: dang1 ran2 ke2 yi3 le, shuo1 ba Certainly, go ahead.

Conversation 4:

A: 可以和你说几句话吗?
B: 当然可以了。说吧。

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Key words Reminder:
Excuse me, I have a call to answer. 不好意思,我接个电话。Sorry to interrupt. 对不起,打断一下。Can I have a word with you? 可以和你说几句话吗?Certainly, go ahead. 当然可以了,说吧。All in today's Chinese Studio.

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B: We've come to the end of the program. Yajie, time for our question of the day.
Y: How do you say "Sorry to interrupt." In Chinese? See ya tmr!
B: Ming tian jian.

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