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Introduction
Eric: Welcome to 3-Minute Chinese Season 1, Lesson 16 - Asking Directions. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to ask for and understand basic directions in Chinese.
Body
Eric: Here's the formal way to ask 'Where is the station?' in Chinese.
Cho: [Normal] 车站在哪里?(chēzhàn zài nǎlǐ ?)
Eric: First is a noun meaning 'station'
Cho: [Normal] 车站 [Slow] 车站 (chēzhàn)
Eric: Next is the preposition meaning 'in'
Cho: [Normal] 在 [Slow] 在(zài)
Eric: Last is the pronoun meaning 'where'
Cho: [Normal] 哪里 [Slow] 哪里(nǎlǐ)
Eric: Listen again to the formal question meaning 'Where is the station?'
Cho: [Slow] 车站在哪里? [Normal] 车站在哪里?
Eric: Here's a response meaning 'Go straight.'
Cho: [Normal] 直走。(zhí zǒu .)
Eric: First is an adverb meaning 'straight'
Cho: [Normal] 直 [Slow] 直 (zhí)
Eric: Last is the verb meaning 'to walk'
Cho: [Normal] 走。 [Slow] 走。(zǒu)
Eric: Listen again to the formal response meaning 'Go straight.'
Cho: [Slow] 直走。 [Normal] 直走。
Eric: Here's a response meaning 'Turn right.'
Cho: [Normal] 右转。(yòu zhuǎn .)
Eric: First is a noun meaning 'right'
Cho: [Normal] 右 [Slow] 右(yòu)
Eric: Last is the verb meaning 'to turn'
Cho: [Normal] 转 [Slow] 转(zhuǎn)
Eric: Listen again to the response, 'Turn right.'
Cho: [Slow] 右转。 [Normal] 右转。
Eric: Here's a response meaning, 'Turn left.'
Cho: [Normal] 左转。(zuǒzhuǎn .)
Eric: First is a noun meaning 'left'
Cho: [Normal] 左 [Slow] 左(zuǒ)
Eric: Last is the verb meaning 'to turn'
Cho: [Normal] 转 [Slow] 转(zhuǎn)
Eric: Listen again to the response, 'Turn left.'
Cho: [Slow] 左转。 [Normal] 左转。
Cultural Insight
Eric: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Cho: Tiananmen Square is one of the most recognizable landmarks in all of China. It sits at the center of Beijing, directly across from the Forbidden City. Tiananmen Square is the largest city square in the world and measures 440,000 square meters. Close to the center of the square is Mao Zedong's mausoleum, with The Monument to the People's Heroes located in front. If you have a plan to visit Beijing, this should be on your list of places to visit.

Outro

Eric: And that’s all for this lesson. Don’t forget to check out the lesson notes, and we’ll see you in the next lesson!
Cho: 再见

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Monday at 06:30 PM
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Do you know any other phrases you can use to give directions? Write them in the comments!

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Saturday at 05:40 AM
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你好 robert groulx,


谢谢 for posting and studying with us. If you have any questions, please let us know.😄


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Levente

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robert groulx
Saturday at 02:44 AM
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thank you for the lesson transcript


(chēzhàn zài nǎlǐ ?)First is a noun meaning 'station'


robert

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Thursday at 09:26 PM
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Hi, Efrem,


"左边第二个。" is correct.

But we don't use "下作" to give directions, and we don't have "下有".


Cho

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Thursday at 09:24 PM
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Hi, Efrem,


Well done!


Cho

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Efrem
Monday at 08:55 AM
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在医院前面。

在医院后面。

Efrem
Monday at 08:54 AM
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下作。

下有。

左边第二个。

Steven
Saturday at 05:32 AM
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Where is the nearest Chinese restaurant? 在哪裡是一個中國餐廳?