S3 ~ 07 ~ Handsome brother goes to work 帥哥上班

Mandarin From the Ground Up

31-10-2023 • 27 mins

Lesson Outline:

  1. [00:21] Review of tone pairs from lessons one through six.
  2. [02:30] Magic Phrase: 帥哥上班,外公退休
  3. [08:20] Dialogue
  4. [11:40] Translation
  5. [23:07] Dialogue, one more time at normal speed


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

帥哥上班,外公退休
Shuàigē shàngbān, wàigōng tuìxiū


帥哥 / shuàigē / handsome man
上班 / shàngbān / to go to work
外公 / wàigōng / maternal grandfather
退休 / tuìxiū / retired, to retire



Transcript of the dialogue (Chinese characters only)

M:阿芬!你來了!
F:嘿!不好意思遲到了。我剛剛才下班
M:沒事!趕快進來坐!
F:謝謝。
M:你看起來好喘!
F:唉,爬樓梯真的好喘!
M:對,我們沒有電梯。只好讓你運動一下。
F:我好久沒運動。
M:沒關係,現在可以放鬆。小李,這是我的朋友,慧芬,她是律師
L:你好。
F:嗨。
M:來,慧芬,要不要吃麵包?小李做的!
F:好厲害!
M:你可以放心,他的麵包健康
F:好好吃!你開麵包店嗎?
L:沒有,其實,就是,呃… 我是一個… 呃… 作家
M:小李很害羞,可是他是一個很認真作家
F:你寫小說嗎?
L:沒有。但那是我的目標
M:來,我們先坐。正好要開始唱歌
F:我最愛唱歌
M:小李,你還沒點歌,對吧。
L:我不用了。
F:你真的很害羞
M:小李,拜託,唱一首給大家聽。然後我就放過你。
L:可是,在很多陌生人的面前…
M:什麼陌生人?我們都是朋友,你放心
L:還是我先去吃蛋糕…
M:你不要逃避了啦!不唱歌,你要吃辣椒!
L:什麼?
M:我家的規定。
L:OK,OK,好啦。我唱。
F:你要唱什麼?我幫你點。
L:呃… 夢中人?好嗎?
F:王菲的還是蔡琴的?
L:哦… 蔡琴的。
M:老靈魂。
L:哈哈,對啊。
F:好,點好了。
L:這麼快!好,請大家要有耐心
M:不要害羞
L:不能錄音哦。
M:沒有人會錄音


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

  • M:阿芬!你來了!
    • Ā fēn! Nǐ láile!
    • A-Fen, you’re here!
  • F:嘿!不好意思遲到了。我剛剛才下班
    • Hēi! Bù hǎoyìsi chídàole. Wǒ gānggāng cái xiàbān.
    • Hey! Sorry, I’m late. I just got off work.
  • M:沒事!趕快進來坐!
    • Méishì! Gǎnkuài jìnlái zuò!
    • No worries! Hurry up and come in!
  • F:謝謝。
    • Xièxie.
    • Thank you.
  • M:你看起來很喘。
    • Nǐ kàn qǐlái hǎo chuǎn!
    • You look really out of breath.
  • F:唉,爬樓梯好喘!
    • Yeah, climbing the stairs is really tiring (makes one out of breath)!
    • Āi, pá lóutī zhēn de hěn chuǎn!
  • M:對,我們沒有電梯。只好讓你運動一下。
    • Duì, wǒmen méiyǒu diàntī. Zhǐhǎo ràng nǐ yùndòng yīxià.
    • Yeah, we don’t have an elevator. No other choice but to make you exercise a bit.
  • F:我好久沒運動。
    • Wǒ hǎojiǔ méi yùndòng.
    • I haven’t exercised in a long time.
  • M:沒關係,這裡可以放鬆。小李,這是我的朋友,慧芬,她是律師
    • Méiguānxì, xiànzài kěyǐ fàngsōng. Xiǎo lǐ, zhè shì wǒ de péngyǒu, huì fēn, tā shì lǜshī.
    • It’s ok, you can relax here. Xiao Li, this is my friend, Hui Fen. She’s a lawyer.
  • L:你好。
    • Nǐ hǎo.
    • Hi.
  • F:嗨。
    • Hāi.
    • Hi.
  • M:來,慧芬,要不要吃**麵包?**小李做的!
    • Lái, huì fēn, yào bùyào chī miànbāo? Xiǎo lǐ zuò de!
    • Here, Hui-Fen, do you want to eat some bread? Xiao Li made it!
  • F:好厲害!
    • Hǎo lìhài!
    • That’s amazing!
  • M:你可以放心,他的麵包健康
    • Nǐ kěyǐ fàngxīn, tā de miànbāo hěn jiànkāng!
    • You don’t have to worry, his bread is really healthy.
  • F:好好吃!你開麵包店嗎?
    • Hǎohǎo chī! Nǐ kāi miànbāo diàn ma?
    • It's so good! Do you have a bakery?
  • L:沒有,其實,就是,呃… 我是一個… 呃… 作家
    • Méiyǒu, qíshí, jiùshì, è… wǒ shì yīgè… è… zuòjiā.
    • No, actually, I mean, uh, I’m a, uh… writer.
  • M:小李很害羞,可是他是一個很認真作家
    • Xiǎo lǐ hěn hàixiū, kěshì tā shì yīgè hěn rènzhēn de zuòjiā.
    • Xiao Li is really shy, but he’s a very serious writer.
  • F:你寫小說嗎?
    • Nǐ xiě xiǎoshuō ma?
    • Do you write novels?
  • L:沒有,但那是我的目標
    • Méiyǒu. Dàn nà shì wǒ de mùbiāo.
    • No, but that’s my goal.
  • M:來,我們先坐。正好要開始唱歌
    • Lái, wǒmen xiān zuò. Zhènghǎo yào kāishǐ chànggē!
    • Come one, let's sit down first. We’re just about to start singing!
  • F:我最愛唱歌
    • Wǒ zuì'ài chànggē!
    • I love singing!
  • M:小李,你還沒點歌,對吧。
    • Xiǎo lǐ, nǐ hái méi diǎn gē, duì ba.
    • Xiao Li, you haven’t ordered yet.
  • L:我不用了。
    • Wǒ bùyòngle.
    • I’m alright. (No need.)
  • F:你真的很害羞
    • Nǐ zhēn de hěn hàixiū.
    • You're really shy.
  • M:小李,拜託,唱一首給大家聽。然後我就放過你。
    • Xiǎo lǐ, bàituō, chàng yī shǒu gěi dàjiā tīng. Ránhòu wǒ jiù fàngguò nǐ.
    • Xiao Li, please, sing one song for everyone, then I’ll let you off the hook.
  • L:可是,在很多陌生人的面前…
    • Kěshì, zài hěnduō mòshēng rén de miànqián…
    • But, in front of strangers…
  • M:什麼陌生人?我們都是朋友,你放心
    • Shénme mòshēng rén? Wǒmen dōu shì péngyǒu, nǐ fàngxīn!
    • What strangers? We’re all friends! Don’t worry!
  • L:還是我先去吃蛋糕…
    • Háishì wǒ xiān qù chī dàngāo…
    • Or maybe I’ll go have some cake first…
  • M:你不要逃避啦!不唱歌,你要吃辣椒
    • Nǐ bùyào táobìle la! Bù chànggē, nǐ yào chī làjiāo!
    • Don’t run away! If you don’t sing, you have to eat chili peppers.
  • L:什麼?
    • Shénme?
    • What?
  • M:我家的規定。
    • Wǒjiā de guīdìng.
    • House rules.
  • L:OK,OK,好啦。我唱。
    • OK,OK, hǎo la. Wǒ chàng.
    • Ok, ok, fine. I’ll sing.
  • F:你要唱什麼?我幫你點。
    • Nǐ yào chàng shénme? Wǒ bāng nǐ diǎn.
    • What do you want to sing? I’ll help you order.
  • L:呃… 夢中人?好嗎?
    • È… mèngzhōngrén? Hǎo ma?
    • Uh… dream lover? Ok?
  • F:王菲的還是蔡琴的?
    • Wángfēi de háishì càiqín de?
    • Wang Fei’s or Cai Qin’s? (Referring to two songs with the same title)
  • L:哦… 蔡琴的。
    • Ó… càiqín de.
    • Oh, Cai Qin’s.
  • M:老靈魂。
    • Lǎo línghún.
    • Old soul.
  • L:哈哈,對啊。
    • Hāhā, duì a.
    • Haha, yeah.
  • F:好,點好了。
    • Hǎo, diǎn hǎole.
    • Ok, it’s already ordered.
  • L:這麼快!好,請大家要有耐心
    • Zhème kuài! Hǎo, qǐng dàjiā yào yǒu nàixīn…
    • So fast! Ok, everyone, be patient with me…
  • M:不要害羞
    • M: Bùyào hàixiū!
    • Don’t be shy!
  • L:不能錄音哦。
    • Bùnéng lùyīn ó.
    • No recording.
  • M:沒有人要錄音
    • Nobody’s going to record!
    • Méiyǒu rén huì lùyīn!


Notes:

  • The song in this episode is 夢中人 by 蔡琴.
  • Thanks to Vicky Sun for being the voice of 慧芬 Hùi fēn.

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