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Lesson 202 Good Manners 第二百零二课 礼貌(3)

Y: It's our manners week on Chinese Studio… welcome everyone. Wo shi yajie.
B: da jia hao. Wo shi Brendan. We human beings need to know about good manners… it's very important wherever you are.
Y: Right, so let's continue our lessons.

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Key words of the day
Do you mind if I smoke? 你介意我抽烟吗? No, I don't mind. 不介意。Could you please pass me the ketchup? 请把番茄酱递给我,好吗?

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B: Yajie, do you mind if I smoke?
Y: no… I don't mind… but Brendan, I don't know you smoke.
B: hehe I don't… I just want to know how to say it in Chinese.
Y: I see. You can say "你介意我抽烟吗?ni3 jie4 yi4 wo3 chou1 yan1 ma?”
B: ni3 jie4 yi4 wo3 chou1 yan1 ma?
Y: 你 ni3 means you,
B: ni3,
Y: 介意 jie4 yi4 means mind,
B: jie4 yi4,
Y: 我 wo3 means I,
B: wo3,
Y: 抽烟 chou1 yan1 means smoke,
B: chou1 yan1,
Y: 吗 ma is often put at the end of a question.
B: ma.
Y: 你介意我抽烟吗 ni3 jie4 yi4 wo3 chou1 yan1 ma?
B: ni3 jie4 yi4 wo3 chou1 yan1 ma? Do you mind if I smoke.

Conversation 1:

A:你介意我抽烟吗?
B: 不介意。您随便。

B: Yajie, what if a Chinese asks me this question and I want to say "I don't mind".
Y: you can say "不介意 bu2 jie4 yi4."
B: bu2 jie4 yi4.
Y: 不 bu2 means not,
B: bu2,
Y: 介意 jie4 yi4 means mind,
B: jie4 yi4,
Y: 不介意 bu2 jie4 yi4
B: bu2 jie4 yi4 I don't mind.

Conversation 2:

A: 你介意我抽烟吗?
B: 不介意。

B: Yajie, Could you please pass me the ketchup?
Y: Sure… here you are.
B: thanks. What if the person I ask don't understand English?
Y: then you can say it in Chinese, like this: 请把番茄酱递给我,好吗?
B: qing3 ba3 fan1 qie2 jiang4 di4 gei3 wo3, hao3ma?
Y: 请 qing3 means please,
B: qing3,
Y: 番茄 fan1 qie2 means tomato,
B: fan1 qie2.
Y: 酱 jiang4 means something paste like jam,
B: jiang4.
Y: 番茄酱 fan1 qie2 jiang4, ketchup,
B: fan1 qie2 jiang4
Y: 递 di4 means pass,
B: di4,
Y: 给我 gei3 wo3 means give something to me,
B: gei3 wo3.
Y: 好吗 hao3ma, is it okay?
B: hao3ma
Y: 请把番茄酱递给我,好吗?qing3 ba3 fan1 qie2 jiang4 di4 gei3 wo3, hao3ma
B: qing3 ba3 fan1 qie2 jiang4 di4 gei3 wo3,hao3ma Could you please pass me the ketchup?

Conversation 3:

A: 请把番茄酱递给我,好吗?
B: 好的。给你,
A:谢谢,
B:不客气。

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Key words reminder
Do you mind if I smoke? 你介意我抽烟吗? No, I don't mind. 不介意。Could you please pass me the ketchup? 请把番茄酱递给我,好吗?

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B: We've run out of time already. Let's get to our question of the day.
Y: Today's question is, how do you say "Do you mind if I smoke?" in Chinese?
B: Ming tian jian!
Y: Ming tian jian!

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