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Hi! My name is Rui. Welcome to Chinese Top Words. Today, we are going to learn top 10 phrases you’ll need for a date in Chinese.
The first one…
1. 我晚上可以请你吃个饭吗? (Wǒ wǎnshang kěyǐ qǐng nǐ chī ge fàn ma?) “Can I buy you dinner tonight?” 吃饭 (chī fàn) means “have dinner / have meals / have lunch”. 吃饭 (chī fàn), 吃 (chī) “eat”, 饭 (fàn) means “meals”. 吃饭 (chī fàn) means “having dinner / having lunch / having three meals”, it’s all 吃饭 (chī fàn). So 请吃饭 (qǐng chī fàn) means “I will pay”, 请吃饭 (Wǒ qǐng chī fàn.). 我请你吃饭 (Wǒ qǐng nǐ chīfàn.), 你 (nǐ) means “you”, 我请你吃饭 (Wǒ qǐng nǐ chīfàn.). 我请他吃饭 (Wǒ qǐng tā chīfàn.), 他 (tā) means “he”, so I will buy him dinner. I will buy you dinner.
“Buy you dinner” 请你吃饭 (qǐng nǐ chīfàn), “buy him dinner” 请他吃饭 (qǐng tā chīfàn.). 请吃饭 (Qǐng chī fàn) means “I will pay”, (Qǐng chī fàn) “I will pay.”
2. 这个周末有空吗? (Zhège zhōumò yǒukòng ma?) “Are you free this weekend?”
Actually comparing to this question, personally, I think you can ask - 你是周六有空还是周日有空? (Nǐ shì zhōu liù yǒu kòng háishi zhōu rì yǒu kòng?) “Are you free on Saturday or Sunday?” So you actually leave the person you want a date A or B. But if you ask - 这个周末有空吗? (Zhège zhōumò yǒukòng ma?), you leave, like, yes or no so they have another choice which is no. But if you say - 你是周六有空还是周日有空? (Nǐ shì zhōu liù yǒu kòng háishi zhōu rì yǒu kòng?) “Are you free on Saturday or Sunday?”, so both are yes, so it’s a trick.
3. 我们去K歌吧! (Wǒmen qù Kēi gē ba!) “Let's go to karaoke!”
Karaoke is very popular in China. I think Karaoke in China is the best because the machine in karaoke plays a very cool and new and easy to use and we have sounds from all over the world. Yeah, it’s pretty cool. I really recommend you to go to karaoke with your friends and your date.
4. 你太可爱了。 (Nǐ tài kěài le.) “You’re so cute.”
5. 你真美。 (Nǐ zhēn měi.) “You look so beautiful.”
It’s more written language. I think - 你长得很漂亮 (Nǐ zhǎng de hěn piàoliang.) is pretty, pretty enough. 你长得很漂亮 (Nǐ zhǎng de hěn piàoliang.) “You’re pretty.” 你真美。 (Nǐ zhēn měi.) is too official and a little unnatural.
6. 你今晚玩得开心吗? (Nǐ jīnwǎn wán de kāixīn ma?) “Did you have a good time tonight?”
So after you hang out with your date, you can ask how he feels, how she feels about tonight. You can say - 你今晚玩得开心吗? (Nǐ jīnwǎn wán de kāixīn ma?).
7. 你吃饱了吗? (Nǐ chībǎo le ma?) “Did you get enough to eat?”
Usually, we do not ask this question, but I think it’s kind of necessary question in a date because, usually, dating place is kind of expensive and you get a small portion so maybe just do one ramen after dating.
8. 我载你回家。 (Wǒ zài nǐ huíjiā.) “I will drive you home.”
More commonly used in the States I think. 我送你回家 (Wǒ sòng nǐ huí jiā.) is more common I guess like I will take you home by bus or by train or by taxi. 我载你回家。 (Wǒ zài nǐ huíjiā.) is like “I will drive you home.”.
9. 明天我们什么时候见? (Míngtiān wǒmen shénme shíhòu jiàn?) “What time shall we meet tomorrow?”
10. 到家了告诉我。 (Dào jiā le gàosu Wǒ.) “Let me know when you get home.”
I like this sentence. It sounds very considerate. Yeah.
Thank you for watching today’s Top Chinese Words and let us know in the comment what kind of dating words you want to learn in Chinese and I will reply to you. Don’t forget to subscribe to ChineseClass101.com. I will see you there. Bye!

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