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Lesson 94 Making a Phone Call (2) 第九十四课 打电话(2)

Cam:  So yesterday I learned how to phone your house.  Sometimes I want to take you for dinner Yajie, and I need to know how to ask your mom for you!
YJ:  And now you know.  Today we are going to learn some more basic phrases when making phone calls.
Cam:  Let’s check Key Words of the Day.

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Key Words of the Day  
Who’s calling, please? 请问您哪位?(qing3 wen4, nin2 nei3 wei4?) This is Xiao li. 我是小李. (wo3 shi4 xiao li.) Hold on a second, please. 请稍等。(qing3 shao1 deng3.) All in today’s Chinese Studio. 
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Cam: Yajie, somebody just called me, but he doesn’t speak any English, so how do I know who is calling? 
Yajie: well, you can ask him请问您哪位?(qing3 wen4, nin2 nei3 wei4?) Who’s calling, please?
Cam:  请问您哪位?(qing3 wen4, nin2 nei3 wei4?)
YJ: 您 (nin2), you. 
Cam: 您 (nin2).
YJ: 哪位(nei3 wei4?) means who, which one.
Cam: 哪位(nei3 wei4?)
Cam: I see. So who is calling is…? 
YJ: 请问您哪位?(qing3 wen4, nin2 nei3 wei4?) 
Cam: 请问您哪位?(qing3 wen4, nin2 nei3 wei4?) Who’s calling, please?
YJ: Now please listen carefully to the conversation.

Conversation 1:

Cam: Yajie, if somebody asks me “who is calling”请问您哪位?(qing3 wen4, nin2 nei3 wei4?) , how should I answ  er it?  
YJ: It’s pretty easy. You just need to say “我是 Cam (wo3 shi4)” 
Cam: wo shi, I am… .
YJ: Remember you say it at the beginning of every show. 
Cam: Right. Like a self-introduction, just need to put the name after wo shi. Got it. Wo shi Cam.  And ni shi Yajie.
YJ: Or you can say your name simply, but this sounds a little bit too direct and not so polite. 
Cam: Ok. I see.

Conversation 2:

CAM: Yajie, one of your friends just called, but you were busy talking to somebody else.  I wanted to tell them to “hold on a second, please”, but I didn’t know how to say that.  So I just hung up! 
YJ:  Oh, Cam!  That is so rude! 
Cam:  I know… so teach me how to say hold on a second.
YJ:  well you can say “请稍等。(qing3 shao1 deng3.)” 
Cam: 请稍等。(qing3 shao1 deng3.) 
Cam: Ok. I know 请 (qing3) means please, which is used very often in our daily Chinese. 
YJ: Right. 请 (qing3), please. And 稍等(shao1 deng3) means hold on a sec. 
Cam: 稍等(shao1 deng3) 
YJ: 等 (deng3), d-e-n-g, the third tone, means to wait. 
Cam: 等(deng3) 
YJ: 请稍等。(qing3 shao1 deng3.)
Cam: 请稍等。(qing3 shao1 deng3) please hold on a sec.

Conversation 3:

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Key Words Reminder 
Who’s calling, please? 请问您哪位?(qing3 wen4, nin2 nei3 wei4?) This is Xiao li. 我是 xiaoli. (wo3 shi4 xiao li.) Hold on a second, please. 请稍等。(qing3 shao1 deng3.)
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YJ:  That wraps up today’s show.  Now it’s time for the Question of the Day.  How do you say “Hold on a second, please” in Chinese?
Cam:  Ming tian jian! 
YJ: Ming tian jian.

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