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Introduction
Eric: Welcome to 3-Minute Chinese Season 1, Lesson 19 - Going Without. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to make essential negative statements in Chinese.
Body
Eric: Here's the formal way to say 'I don't have a pen.' in Chinese.
Cho: [Normal] 我没有笔。(Wǒ méiyǒu bǐ .)
Eric: First is a pronoun meaning 'I'
Cho: [Normal] 我 [Slow] 我 (wǒ)
Eric: Next is the verb meaning 'don't have'
Cho: [Normal] 没有 [Slow] 没有(méiyǒu)
Eric: Last is the noun meaning 'pen'
Cho: [Normal] 笔 [Slow] 笔(bǐ)
Eric: Listen again to the formal phrase meaning 'I don't have a pen.'
Cho: [Slow] 我没有笔。 [Normal] 我没有笔。
Eric: Ok, now let's see the formal way to say 'I don't have time.'
Cho: [Normal] 我没有时间。(Wǒ méiyǒu shíjiān .)
Eric: First is a pronoun meaning 'I'
Cho: [Normal] 我 [Slow] 我 (wǒ)
Eric: Next is the verb meaning 'don't have'
Cho: [Normal] 没有 [Slow] 没有(méiyǒu)
Eric: Last is the noun meaning 'time'
Cho: [Normal] 时间 [Slow] 时间(shíjiān)
Eric: Listen again to the formal phrase meaning 'I don't have time.'
Cho: [Slow] 我没有时间。 [Normal] 我没有时间。
Eric: Next, we’ll learn how to say 'I don't know.'
Cho: [Normal] 我不知道。(Wǒ bù zhīdào .)
Eric: First is a pronoun meaning 'I'
Cho: [Normal] 我 [Slow] 我(wǒ)
Eric: Next is the adverb meaning 'do not'
Cho: [Normal] 不 [Slow] 不(bù)
Eric: Last is the verb meaning 'know'
Cho: [Normal] 知道 [Slow] 知道(zhīdào )
Eric: Listen again to the formal phrase meaning 'I don't know.'
Cho: [Slow] 我不知道。 [Normal] 我不知道。
Eric: Finally, we have a formal way to say 'I don't understand.'
Cho: [Normal] 我不明白。(Wǒ bù míngbai.)
Eric: First is a pronoun meaning 'I'
Cho: [Normal] 我 [Slow] 我(wǒ)
Eric: Next is the adverb meaning 'do not'
Cho: [Normal] 不 [Slow] 不(bù)
Eric: Last is the verb meaning 'understand'
Cho: [Normal] 明白 [Slow] 明白(míngbái)
Eric: Listen again to the formal phrase meaning 'I don't understand.'
Cho: [Slow] 我不明白。 [Normal] 我不明白。
Cultural Insight
Eric: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Cho: Do you know how to say “Are you a student?” in Chinese? There are two ways. One is Nǐ shì xuésheng ma? and the other is Nǐ shì bù shì xuésheng? And the rule is the same. Nǐ shì xuésheng ma? is a little formal, so use this one when you are in a formal situation.

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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Let's practice here! Try translating this statement: 'I don't have it.'

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Tuesday at 08:16 PM
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Hello robert groulx,


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robert groulx
Sunday at 12:27 AM
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thank you for the lesson transcript


: [Normal] 时间 [Slow] 时间(shíjiān) 。(Wǒ méiyǒu shíjiān .)


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Kristine
Monday at 09:19 AM
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Hello there. Although I know the difference on how to pronounce correctly the words chidao(to be late), zhidao(to know),

qu(to go), chi (to eat) and qi (seven). But If I say it I'm having a hard time to say it right.These words are really tough. Do you have any suggestions?

Thanks.

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Thursday at 09:30 PM
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Hi, Efrem,


我没有 is correct.

In this case, we omit "它(it)".


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Efrem
Monday at 09:12 AM
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我没有。

Steven
Saturday at 05:34 AM
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我沒有他