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Introduction
Eric: Welcome to 3-Minute Chinese Season 1, Lesson 18 - Possession. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to talk about possession in Chinese.
Body
Eric: Here's the informal way to ask 'Do you have a pen?' in Chinese.
Cho: [Normal] 有笔吗?(yǒu bǐ ma ?)
Eric: First is a verb meaning 'to have'
Cho: [Normal] 有 [Slow] 有 (yǒu)
Eric: Next is the noun meaning 'pen'
Cho: [Normal] 笔 [Slow] 笔(bǐ)
Eric: Last is the question marker.
Cho: [Normal] 吗 [Slow] 吗(ma)
Eric: Listen again to the informal phrase meaning 'Do you have a pen?'
Cho: [Slow] 有笔吗? [Normal] 有笔吗?
Eric: Ok, now let's take a look at the formal way to ask 'Do you have a pen?'
Cho: [Normal] 你有笔吗?(nǐ yǒu bǐ ma ?)
Eric: First is a pronoun meaning 'you'
Cho: [Normal] 你 [Slow] 你 (nǐ)
Eric: Next is the verb meaning 'to have'
Cho: [Normal] 有 [Slow] 有(yǒu)
Eric: Next is the noun meaning 'pen'
Cho: [Normal] 笔 [Slow] 笔(bǐ)
Eric: Last is the question marker.
Cho: [Normal] 吗 [Slow] 吗(ma)
Eric: Listen again to the formal phrase meaning 'Do you have a pen?'
Cho: [Slow] 你有笔吗? [Normal] 你有笔吗?
Eric: Next, we’ll learn how to say 'Yes, I have.'
Cho: [Normal] 有啊。(yǒu ā .)
Eric: First is a verb meaning 'to have'
Cho: [Normal] 有 [Slow] 有(yǒu)
Eric: Last is the mood particle.
Cho: [Normal] 啊 [Slow] 啊(a)
Eric: Listen again to the informal phrase meaning 'Yes, I have.'
Cho: [Slow] 有啊。 [Normal] 有啊。
Eric: Finally, we have a formal way to say 'Yes, here you are.'
Cho: [Normal] 有,给你。(yǒu , gěi nǐ .)
Eric: First is a verb meaning 'to have'
Cho: [Normal] 有 [Slow] 有(yǒu)
Eric: Next is the verb meaning 'to give'
Cho: [Normal] 给 [Slow] 给(gěi)
Eric: Last is the pronoun meaning 'you'
Cho: [Normal] 你 [Slow] 你(nǐ)
Eric: Listen again to the formal phrase meaning 'Yes, here you are.'
Cho: [Slow] 有,给你。 [Normal] 有,给你。
Cultural Insight
Eric: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Cho: Although Nǐ yǒu qìchē ma? and Nǐ yǒu méiyǒu qìchē? both mean “do you have a car?”, Nǐ yǒu qìchē ma? is a little more formal than Nǐ yǒu méiyǒu qìchē? When you say Nǐ yǒu méiyǒu qìchē ?, you should be be careful about your tone, or you might sound rude.

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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How would you say 'Do you have a book?'

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Tuesday at 08:13 PM
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Hello robert groulx,


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robert groulx
Sunday at 12:14 AM
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thank you for the lesson transcript


有,给你。(yǒu , gěi nǐ .) Next is the verb meaning 'to have'


robert

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Thursday at 09:26 PM
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Hi, Efrem,


Correct: 你有没有书?


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Efrem
Monday at 09:08 AM
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你有没有书?*

Efrem
Monday at 09:07 AM
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你有没有数?

Steven
Saturday at 05:33 AM
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你有一個數碼?