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Lesson 114 Swimming (2) 第一百一十四课 游泳(2)

Chris: It is a swimming week on Chinese Studio. Welcome to the show everyone, wo shi Chris.
Yajie: Dajia hao, wo shi Yajie.  We learned some terms in the previous lesson, and we are going to continue with more swimming, that is 游泳 stuff today.
Chris: Let’s get started!

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Key Words of the Day 
backstroke 仰泳(yang3gyong3) breaststroke蛙泳(wa1yong3) freestyle自由泳(zi4 you2 yong3)Do you know how to swim? 你会游泳吗?(ni3 hui4 you2yong3 ma?)  poolside游泳池边(you2yong3chi2 bian1) All in today’s Chinese Studio.
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Yajie: Chris, Let’s start with basic swimming styles. The first one is 仰泳(yang3gyong3), which means backstroke. 
Chris: 仰泳(yang3gyong3)
Yajie: Right. 仰 yang3 in Chinese means lying with your face upward. So 仰泳yang2 yong3 is backstroke. 
Chris: I see, 仰泳(yang2gyong3). 
Yajie: And the second word is breaststroke蛙泳(wa1yong3).
Chris: 蛙泳(wa1yong3)…I know that frog in Chinese is 青蛙 (qing1wa1). So is that because breaststroke looks similar to frog swimming? 
Yajie: Yes! That’s how it gets its name! 蛙(wa1) is short for青蛙 (qing1wa1), frog. 蛙泳(wa1yong3),breaststroke.
Chris: 蛙泳(wa1yong3)
Yajie: Chris, I know besides backstroke, you are also good at free style. But do you know how to say that in Chinese? 
Chris: I guess it’s 自由泳(zi4 you2 yong3), right?
Yajie: Very good! But we’d better explain it for our listeners. 
Chris: Sure. 自由(zi4 you2 )means being independent without controls. 
Yajie: Right. so free style should be 自由泳(zi4 you2 yong3). Chris, how about having a quick review before we move to the next part? 
Chris: I’d love it. 
Yajie: Okay,  仰泳(yang3gyong3) is backstroke. 
Chris: 仰泳(yang3gyong3), and蛙泳(wa1yong3) is breaststroke.
Yajie: Right.  蛙泳(wa1yong3)… and free style would be…
Chris: 自由泳(zi4 you2 yong3).
Yajie: Very good!

Conversation 1:

Chris: Yajie, do you know how to swim?
Yajie: Yes I do.  
Chris: But how do I ask that question in Chinese?
Yajie: Oh it’s 你会游泳吗?(ni3 hui4 you2yong3 ma?)
Chris: 你会游泳吗?(ni3 hui4 you2yong3 ma?)
Yajie: 你(ni3) means you. 
Chris: 你(ni3)
Yajie: 会 (hui4), be able to.
Chris: 会 (hui4
Yajie: 游泳(you2yong3), swim. 
Chris: 游泳(you2yong3)
Yajie: 你会游泳吗?(ni3 hui4 you2yong3 ma?)
Chris: 你会游泳吗?(ni3 hui4 you2yong3 ma?) Do you know how to swim?

Conversation 2:

Chris: Yajie, after swimming for such a long time, I feel a little bit tired, so I want to lay by the poolside. How do I say poolside to my Chinese friends?
Yajie: It's 游泳池边(you2yong3 chi2 bian1)
Chris: 游泳池边(you2yong3 chi2 bian1)
Yajie: Yes, we learned swimming pool yesterday, which is游泳池(you2yong3 chi2),
Chris: 游泳池(you2yong3 chi2)
Yajie: 边(bian1)here means the margin of the pool. 
Chris: 边(bian1). 
Yajie: 游泳池边(you2yong3 chi2 bian1), swimming poolside. 
Chris: 游泳池边(you2yong3 chi2 bian1). Yajie, can we omit swimming like in English? Just poolside for short? 
Yajie: of course, you can say 池边 for short. 
Chris: 池边(chi2 bian1)

Conversation 3:

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Key Words Reminder 
backstroke 仰泳(yang3gyong3) breaststroke蛙泳(wa1yong3) freestyle自由泳(zi4 you2 yong3)Do you know how to swim? 你会游泳吗?(ni3 hui4 you2yong3 ma?)  poolside游泳池边(you2yong3chi2 bian1) All in today’s Chinese Studio.
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Yajie: I think lying by the poolside is probably more your speed, eh Chris?
Chris: (laughs) Yes… the more relaxing the better.  You know Yajie, that makes a good question of the day.  How do you say “poolside” in Chinese?
Yajie: Zai jian. 
Chris: Zai jian!

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