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Introduction
Eric: Welcome to 3-Minute Chinese Season 1, Lesson 24 - Offering an Invitation. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to invite someone out in Chinese.
Body
Eric: Here's the formal way to say 'Do you have plans on Friday night?' in Chinese.
Cho: [Normal] 周五晚上有什么计划吗?(zhōuwǔ wǎnshàng yǒu shénme jìhuà ma ?)
Eric: First is a noun meaning 'Friday'
Cho: [Normal] 周五 [Slow] 周五 (zhōuwǔ)
Eric: Next is the noun meaning 'evening'
Cho: [Normal] 晚上 [Slow] 晚上(wǎnshàng)
Eric: Next is the phrase meaning 'have what'
Cho: [Normal] 有什么 [Slow] 有什么(yǒu shénme)
Eric: Next is the noun meaning 'plan'
Cho: [Normal] 计划 [Slow] 计划(jìhuà)
Eric: Last is the question marker.
Cho: [Normal] 吗 [Slow] 吗(ma)
Eric: Listen again to the formal question meaning 'Do you have plans on Friday night?'
Cho: [Slow] 周五晚上有什么计划吗? [Normal] 周五晚上有什么计划吗?
Eric: Ok, now let's see the informal way to ask 'Do you have plans on Friday night?'
Cho: [Normal] 星期五晚有计划吗?(Xīngqīwǔ wǎn yǒujìhuà ma ?)
Eric: First is a noun meaning 'Friday'
Cho: [Normal] 星期五 [Slow] 星期五 (xīngqīwǔ)
Eric: Next is the adjective meaning 'night'
Cho: [Normal] 晚 [Slow] 晚(wǎn)
Eric: Next is the verb meaning 'to have'
Cho: [Normal] 有 [Slow] 有(yǒu)
Eric: Next is the noun meaning 'plan'
Cho: [Normal] 计划 [Slow] 计划(jìhuà)
Eric: Last is the question marker.
Cho: [Normal] 吗 [Slow] 吗(ma)
Eric: Listen again to the informal phrase meaning 'Do you have plans on Friday night?'
Cho: [Slow] 星期五晚有计划吗? [Normal] 星期五晚有计划吗?
Eric: Next, we’ll learn the formal way to say 'I'm going to the movies.'
Cho: [Normal] 我准备去看电影。(Wǒ zhǔnbèi qù kàn diànyǐng . )
Eric: First is a pronoun meaning 'I'
Cho: [Normal] 我 [Slow] 我(wǒ)
Eric: Next is the verb meaning 'to prepare'
Cho: [Normal] 准备 [Slow] 准备(zhǔnbèi)
Eric: Next is the verb meaning 'to go'
Cho: [Normal] 去 [Slow] 去(qù)
Eric: Next is the verb meaning 'to watch'
Cho: [Normal] 看 [Slow] 看(kàn)
Eric: Last is the noun meaning 'movie'
Cho: [Normal] 电影 [Slow] 电影(diànyǐng)
Eric: Listen again to the formal phrase meaning 'I'm going to the movies.'
Cho: [Slow] 我准备去看电影。 [Normal] 我准备去看电影。
Eric: Finally, we’ll see an informal way to say 'Will you join?'
Cho: [Normal] 你来吗?(nǐ lái ma ? )
Eric: First is a pronoun meaning 'you'
Cho: [Normal] 你 [Slow] 你(nǐ)
Eric: Next is the verb meaning 'to come'
Cho: [Normal] 来 [Slow] 来(lái)
Eric: Last is the question marker.
Cho: [Normal] 吗 [Slow] 吗(ma)
Eric: Listen again to the informal phrase meaning 'Will you join?'
Cho: [Slow] 你来吗? [Normal] 你来吗?
Cultural Insight
Eric: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Cho: Imagine somebody has knocked at your door, and you want him or her to come in. You can say jìn lai. But this is a very informal way of addressing someone and you should be careful with your tone, because sometimes it could sound like an order. If you want to invite someone in more formally, you can say qǐng jìn. Literally, this means “please come in”, but here we don’t need to say lái at the end.

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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Hey Listeners! Can you tell us about your plans in Chinese?

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Friday at 03:32 AM
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你好 robert groulx,


是,我准备去看电影。


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


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robert groulx
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thank you for the lesson transcript


星期五晚有计划吗?


robert

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Wednesday at 10:44 PM
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Hello Miya,


Thank you for your comment. You can just say 今年春季 (在 is not needed here).


Enjoy your visit! And as always, let us know if you have any questions.


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Miya
Wednesday at 10:54 AM
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你好,今年在春季我准备去中国旅游!

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Thursday at 09:38 PM
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Hi, Efrem,


加油!


Cho

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Efrem
Monday at 12:50 PM
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我会练习中文。

Steven
Saturday at 05:39 AM
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But I can't type in Chinese how can you help me type in Chinese?

Steven
Saturday at 05:38 AM
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I'm inviting Sabrina to move with me to Hong Kong to celebrate my birthday and sing in Chinese on July 10th and I'm gonna turn 17 on July 10