Daily Practice Session - S3 - Lesson 02

Mandarin From the Ground Up

11-05-2023 • 5 mins

After listening to Season 3, Lesson 02, start reinforcing what you've learned by taking five minutes a day to practice listening and imitating the material. Repetition makes progress.


Magic Phrase (1-4)
This phrase is composed entirely of words that use the 1-4 tone pair. In this lesson, we use it to practice identifying and then pronouncing the tones, hearing how they interact with each other in context.

超市需要音樂,醫院需要安靜!
Chāoshì xūyào yīnyuè, yīyuàn xūyào ānjìng!

Tone Pair Safari (1-4)
Once we are familiar with the 1-4 tone pair, we listen to a new dialogue that is filled with more words that use this tone pair. In doing so, we sharpen our listening skills by practicing paying attention to the tones we hear.

Transcript of the dialogue (Chinese characters only)

L:生日快樂!欸?你不高興?
M:我生病了!
L:你生日你就生病!是不是因為天氣。我把窗戶關閉。
M:不是,是工作壓力啦。
L:你需要去醫院嗎?
M:我不相信醫院會幫助我。
L:因為醫生不專業?還是因為醫院裡的空氣不好?
M:我發現醫院不太乾淨。
L:是哦。好,我尊重你。
M:【嘆氣】 … 這裡好安靜。
L:你看!我剛剛經過了超市,我買了雞蛋。
M:你要做蛋糕給我?!
L:不是啊,我要煎蛋給你。
M:生日雞蛋?
L:你要聽音樂嗎?祝你生日快樂,祝你生日快樂…
M:你好幽默。



Transcript of the dialogue (w/ pinyin and translation)
Use this as a visual listening guide, or if you want to check your tone identification. Tones are indicated by marks above the letters in the pinyin transliteration, as follows: (1)  ā  (2)  á  (3)  ǎ  (4)  à

  • L:生日快樂!欸?你不高興?
    • Shēngrì kuàilè! Āi? Nǐ bù gāoxìng?
    • Happy birthday! Huh? You’re unhappy?
  • M:我生病了!
    • Wǒ shēngbìngle!
    • I’m sick!
  • L:你生日你就生病!是不是因為天氣。我把窗戶關閉。
    • Nǐ shēngrì nǐ jiù shēngbìng! Shì bùshì yīn wéi tiānqì. Wǒ bǎ chuānghù guānbì.
    • You got sick on your birthday! It’s because of the weather, isn’t it. I’ll close the window.
  • M:不是,是工作壓力啦。
    • Bùshì, shì gōngzuò yālì la.
    • It’s not that, it’s pressure from work.
  • L:你需要去醫院嗎?
    • Nǐ xūyào qù yīyuàn ma?
    • Do you need to go to the hospital?
  • M:我不相信醫院會幫助我。
    • Wǒ bù xiāngxìn yīyuàn huì bāngzhù wǒ.
    • I don’t believe the hospital will help me.
  • L:因為醫生不專業?還是因為醫院裡的空氣不好?
    • Yīnwèi yīshēng bù zhuānyè? Háishì yīnwèi yīyuàn lǐ de kōngqì bù hǎo?
    • Because the doctors are unprofessional? Or because the hospital has bad air?
  • M:我發現醫院不太乾淨。
    • Wǒ fāxiàn yīyuàn bù tài gānjìng.
    • I realized the hospital isn’t very clean.
  • L:是哦。好,我尊重你。
    • Shì ó. Hǎo, wǒ zūnzhòng nǐ.
    • Oh. Ok. I respect you. (implies: I respect your decision.)
  • M:【嘆氣】 … 這裡好安靜。
    • [Tànqì]… zhèlǐ hǎo ānjìng.
    • Sigh... It’s so quiet here.
  • L:嘿!你看!我剛剛經過了超市,我買了雞蛋。
    • Hēi!Nǐ kàn! Wǒ gānggāng jīngguòle chāoshì, wǒ mǎile jīdàn.
    • Hey, look! I just passed by a supermarket. I bought eggs.
  • M:你要做生日蛋糕給我?!
    • Nǐ yào zuò dàngāo gěi wǒ?!
    • You’re going to make a birthday cake for me?!
  • L:不是啊,我要煎蛋給你。
    • Bùshì a, wǒ yào jiān dàn gěi nǐ.
    • No, I’m going to fry eggs for you.
  • M:生日雞蛋?
    • Shēngrì jīdàn?
    • Birthday eggs?
  • L:你要聽音樂嗎?祝你生日快樂,祝你生日快樂…
    • Nǐ yào tīng yīnyuè ma? Zhù nǐ shēngrì kuàilè, zhù nǐ shēngrì kuàilè…
    • Do you want to listen to music? Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you…
  • M:你好幽默。
    • Nǐ hǎo yōumò.
    • You’re so humorous.


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