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Lesson 187 Christmas 第一百八十七课 新年快乐(1)

Cam: Yajie, we are all finished with Christmas and the countdown begins for the New Year.
YJ: Yes. Do you have any plans for New Year's eve?
Cam: I plan to go to a party. What's the Chinese for "party like it's 1999" Yajie?
YJ: You'll find out in Key Words of the Day.

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Key Words of the Day
New year's eve, 31号晚上,What are you doing on New Years Eve? 31号晚上你打算怎么过?party,聚会, 派对,Bar酒吧,Champagne香槟, All in today's Chinese Studio.

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Cam: So Yajie, the first thing we have to do is planning the New Year's Eve. How do I say New Year's Eve in Chinese?
YJ: Well, in oral Chinese we often say 31号晚上 31 hao4 wan3 shang, which means the night of Dec. 31th.
Cam: I see, san1shi2yi1 hao4 wan3 shang4,
YJ: 三十一号 san1shi2yi1 hao4 means 31th,
Cam: san1shi2yi1 hao4
YJ: 晚上 wan3 shang means the night,
Cam: wan3 shang,
YJ: san1shi2yi1 hao4 wan3 shang,
Cam: san1shi2yi1 hao4 wan3 shang, New Year's eve. I wonder how to ask "What are you doing on New Years Eve?" in Chinese?
YJ: you can say "san1shi2yi1 hao4 wan3 shang ni2 da3 suan4 zen3me guo4" 31号晚上你打算怎么过?
Cam: "31hao4 wan3 shang4, ni2 da3 suan4 zen3me guo4" Can you tell me what's the meaning for each word?
YJ: Sure. 你 Ni3 means you,
Cam: ni3
YJ: 打算 da3 suan4, plan to do sth,
Cam: da3 suan4.
YJ: 怎么 zen3me, how,
Cam: zen3me
YJ: 过 guo4, to spend the day,
Cam: guo4
YJ: 三十一号晚上 san1shi2yi1 hao4 wan3 shang, New Year's Eve,
Cam: san1shi2yi1 hao4 wan3 shang,
YJ: san1shi2yi1 hao4 wan3 shang ni2 da3 suan4 zen3me guo4
Cam: which means "What are you doing on New Year's Eve?"

Conversation 1:

(1)A:31号晚上你打算怎么过?
B:我打算去看电影

(2)A: 31号晚上你打算怎么过?
B: 我打算去参加一个聚会。

YJ: So Cam, san1shi2yi1 hao4 wan3 shang4 ni2 da3 suan4 zen3me guo4? 31号晚上你打算怎么过?
Cam: Like I mentioned at the beginning, I plan to go to a party. I know it's okay for me to say party in English, but I still want to know how to say it in Chinese.
YJ: you can say "聚会 ju4 hui4"
Cam: ju4 hui4
YJ: both 聚ju4 and 会hui4 means to get together,
Cam: ju4 hui4
YJ: or you can say "派对pai4 dui4", which is another example of a similar pronunciation.
Cam: pai4 dui4, party…

Conversation 2:

(1)A: 31号晚上你打算怎么过?
B: 我打算去参加一个聚会。

(2)A:31号晚上有一个派对,咱们一起去吧,
B: 太好了,我喜欢派对!

Cam: How about you, Yajie? What are you doing on New Year's eve?
YJ: I may go to a bar with a group of friends.
Cam: What's the Chinese for a bar?
YJ: it's 酒吧 jiu3 ba1
Cam: jiu3 ba1
YJ: 酒 jiu3 means alcohol
Cam: jiu3
YJ: 吧 ba1 means a place like a bar,
Cam: I guess it's another similar pronunciation example, right?
YJ: Exactly, jiu3 ba1
Cam:jiu3 ba1, bar. I must bring some champagne if I go to a house party!
YJ: Right, it's a lot of fun to pop the cork and drink together.
Cam: What's the Chinese for Champagne?
YJ: it's "香槟 xiang1 bin1"
Cam: xiang1 bin1
YJ: How about we make a toast now?
Cam: Good idea, let's wish all of our listeners a very Happy New Year!
YJ: 祝你新年快乐 zhu4 da4 jia1 xin1 nian2 kuai4 le4! Happy New Year!

Conversation 3:

(1)A: 这是我送你的香槟,祝你新年快乐!
B: 谢谢,也祝你新年快乐!

(2)A: 新的一年又到了,新年快乐!
B: 让我们开香槟庆祝一下吧!

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Key Words Reminder
New year's eve, 31号晚上,What are you doing on New Years Eve? 31号晚上你打算怎么过?party,聚会, 派对,Bar酒吧,Champagne香槟,All in today's Chinese Studio.

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Cam: Okay… our plans for New Years are coming together! Let's get to our Question of the Day.
YJ: How do you say "party" in Chinese?
Cam: See ya tomorrow!
Yajie: Ming tian jian.

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