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INTRODUCTION
David: Welcome to chineseclass101.com. I am David.
Echo: Hi! 大家好,我是(Dàjiā hǎo, wǒ shì)Echo.
David: And here we are with absolute beginner season 2, lesson 15.
Echo: The broken refrigerator.
David: Right. There are a lot of these around Beijing.
Echo: Right.
David: If you go to convenient store, it’s the summer. You see the fridge, you think I could use a cold drink and it’s not working.
Echo: In this lesson, you will learn how to talk about different types of drinks.
David: Yeah different kinds of warm drinks.
Echo: Yeah.
David: So we’ve got a conversation that takes place in a restaurant.
Echo: In between a customer and a waitress.
David: And they are going to be talking casually.
Echo: As usual.
David: Yes. So we are going to take you to the dialogue in a sec. Before we do that, we want to remind you, one of the great ways of learning is to get your hands on the premium transcript printed out and follow along while you listen. It is going to reinforce the Chinese characters and it’s going to show your opinions, you know exactly how to pronounce all of these words. That being said though, let’s get to the dialogue.
DIALOGUE
A: 啤酒加冰。(Píjiǔ jiā bīng.)
B: 今天没有冰。(Jīntiān méiyǒu bīng.)
A: 为什么没有?(Wèishénme méiyǒu?)
B: 冰箱坏了。(Bīngxiāng huài le.)
David: One more time, a bit slower.
A: 啤酒加冰。(Píjiǔ jiā bīng.)
B: 今天没有冰。(Jīntiān méiyǒu bīng.)
A: 为什么没有?(Wèishénme méiyǒu?)
B: 冰箱坏了。(Bīngxiāng huài le.)
David: And now with the English.
A: 啤酒加冰。(Píjiǔ jiā bīng.)
A: A beer with ice.
B: 今天没有冰。(Jīntiān méiyǒu bīng.)
B: There's no ice today.
A: 为什么没有?(Wèishénme méiyǒu?)
A: Why not?
B: 冰箱坏了。(Bīngxiāng huài le.)
B: The refrigerator is broken.
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
David: Okay two strange things about this dialogue. One is I really don’t know how people in China can drink warm beer. I don’t know how people drink beer with ice in it.
Echo: No they don’t?
David: No but well people in China do. If you ask for a cold beer sometimes, you are going to get a glass of beer with ice in it.
Echo: Yeah it’s glass of warm beer.
David: It’s a warm beer. So you have been warned. That being said, our vocabulary today is all about drinks. So when you go to a restaurant, you will know what to ask for.
Echo: That’s right.
David: Okay let’s get right to it.
VOCAB LIST
David: And now the vocab section.
Echo: 啤酒。(Píjiǔ.)[natural native speed]
David: Beer.
Echo: 啤酒。(Píjiǔ.)[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Echo: 啤酒。(Píjiǔ.)[natural native speed]
Echo: 可乐。(Kělè.)
David: Cola.
Echo: 可乐。(Kělè.)[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Echo: 可乐。(Kělè.)[natural native speed]
Echo: 果汁。(Guǒzhī.)
David: Juice.
Echo: 果汁。(Guǒzhī.)[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Echo: 果汁。(Guǒzhī.)[natural native speed]
Echo: 雪碧。(Xuěbì.)
David: Sprite.
Echo: 雪碧。(Xuěbì.)[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Echo: 雪碧。(Xuěbì.)[natural native speed]
Echo: 芬达。(Fēn dá.)
David: Fanta.
Echo: 芬达。(Fēn dá.)[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Echo: 芬达。(Fēn dá.)[natural native speed]
Echo: 冰。(Bīng.)
David: Ice.
Echo: 冰。(Bīng.)[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Echo: 冰。(Bīng.)[natural native speed]
Echo: 冰箱。(Bīngxiāng.)
David: Refrigerator.
Echo: 冰箱。(Bīngxiāng.)[slowly - broken down by syllable]
Echo: 冰箱。(Bīngxiāng.)[natural native speed]
VOCAB AND PHRASE USAGE
David: Let’s have a closer look at the usage of some of these words and phrases.
Echo: Right. The first word is 啤酒。(Píjiǔ.)
David: Beer.
Echo: 啤酒。(Píjiǔ.)
David: Let’s hear this slowly. It’s second tone and then third tone.
Echo: 啤酒。(Píjiǔ.)[slowly - broken down by syllable]
David: Your voice rises and then falls and rises again.
Echo: 啤酒。(Píjiǔ.)[slowly - broken down by syllable]
David: Now this is going to happen to you if you come to China. You are going to order beer, you are going to forget this lesson and your beer is going to arrive warm.
Echo: Yeah then it will remind you this lesson.
David: Yeah so if you don’t want more beer, the sentence you want to give people is
Echo: 我不喝常温的啤酒。(Wǒ bù hē chángwēn de píjiǔ.)
David: I don’t drink warm beer.
Echo: 我不喝常温的啤酒。(Wǒ bù hē chángwēn de píjiǔ.)
David: And the adjective for warm there is
Echo: 常温。(Chángwēn.)
David: Right which really means room temperature. 对。(Duì.)So once again, room temperature.
Echo:常温。(Chángwēn.)
David: I don’t drink room temperature beer.
Echo: 我不喝常温的啤酒。(Wǒ bù hē chángwēn de píjiǔ.)And for me, 我不喝啤酒。(Wǒ bù hē píjiǔ.)
David: Echo doesn’t like beer.
Echo: So I don’t drink it at all.
David: Yes so Echo is much more likely to order this.
Echo: 可乐。(Kělè.)
David: Cola.
Echo: 可乐。(Kělè.)[slowly - broken down by syllable]
David: Now this is generally cola. If you want Coca-cola, you should ask for
Echo: 可口可乐。(Kěkǒukělè.)
David: Sounds pretty close.
Echo: Very good translation.
David: Coca-cola.
Echo: 可口可乐。(Kěkǒukělè.)
David: Right. If you want ice in that, you should do what the customer or dialogue said.
Echo: Yeah you should say that beforehand.
David: Yeah.
Echo:可乐加冰。(Kělè jiā bīng.)
David: Cola and ice.
Echo: 可乐加冰。(Kělè jiā bīng.)
David: A coke with ice. Another popular soft drink in China is Sprite.
Echo: 雪碧。(Xuěbì.)
David: Sprite.
Echo: 雪碧。雪碧很好喝。(Xuěbì. Xuěbì hěn hǎo hē.)
David: Yes Echo likes Coke and Echo likes Sprite.
Echo: 雪碧很好喝。(Xuěbì hěn hǎo hē.)
David: That’s literally Sprite tastes good.
Echo: And.
David: A healthier alternative to all of this stuff Echo is juice.
Echo: Though I like it better actually 果汁。(Guǒzhī.)
David: Juice.
Echo:果汁。(Guǒzhī.)
David: Although it’s a question of how much of the juice is natural and how much is just water. It’s trivial to the China.
Echo: Yeah that’s right.
David: But if you want to have juice, you can tell people.
Echo: 我喜欢喝果汁。(Wǒ xǐhuān hē guǒzhī.)
David: I like to drink juice.
Echo: 我喜欢喝果汁。(Wǒ xǐhuān hē guǒzhī.)
David: I like to drink juice. So that’s our vocab section. Before we move on, let’s do a quick review. Beer.
Echo: 啤酒。(Píjiǔ.)
David: Cola.
Echo: 可乐。(Kělè.)
David: Sprite
Echo: 雪碧。(Xuěbì.)
David: Juice.
Echo:果汁。(Guǒzhī.)
David: And add ice.
Echo: 加冰。(Jiā bīng.)
LESSON FOCUS
David: Our grammar focus in this lesson is a verb that we saw in the dialogue.
Echo: 加。(Jiā.)
David: To add.
Echo: 加。(Jiā.)
David: In some cases, this means with.
Echo: Right.
David: We saw this sentence in the dialogue.
Echo: 啤酒加冰。(Píjiǔ jiā bīng.)
David: Beer with ice.
Echo: 啤酒加冰。(Píjiǔ jiā bīng.)
David: What they are really asking for is a beer with ice.
Echo: Right.
David: The Chinese way of saying this is much simpler than in English. They are literally saying Beer add ice.
Echo: 啤酒加冰。(Píjiǔ jiā bīng.)
David: So you could also say a coke with ice.
Echo:可乐加冰。(Kělè jiā bīng.)
David: Or maybe even a Whisky on the rocks.
Echo: 威士忌加冰。(Wēishìjì jiā bīng.)
David: This is an area where native English speakers often translate things wrong because we want to use with. In fact, it’s a separate verb.
Echo: Right 加。(Jiā.)
David: When you are cooking, you can also use
Echo: 加。(Jiā.)
David: To talk about adding ingredients. For instance.
Echo: 加点儿盐。(Jiādiǎn er yán.)
David: Add some salt.
Echo: 加点儿盐。(Jiādiǎn er yán.)
David: Or maybe
Echo:加点儿糖。(Jiādiǎn er táng.)
David: Add some sugar.
Echo: 加点儿糖。(Jiādiǎn er táng.)
David: If you want someone to add vinegar.
Echo: 加点儿醋。(Jiādiǎn er cù.)
David: You can ask them that.
Echo: 加点儿醋。(Jiādiǎn er cù.)
David: And on a final note, we will point out that this is also the word that means plus in Chinese.
Echo: Right 加。(Jiā.)
David: So you can say one plus one.
Echo: 1加1.(1 Jiā 1)
David: 2 plus 2.
Echo: 2加2。(2 Jiā 2.)
David: So remember, when you want to order something with something else in Chinese we use
Echo: 加。(Jiā.)
OUTRO
David: And that’s it for our lesson. As always, we want to remind you, if you have any questions, Echo, is there something you want people to do?
Echo: Right, you can always leave the comment on the site or write to us at contactus@chineseclass101.com
David: Right and we look forward to hearing from you.
Echo: 没错。(Méi cuò.)
David: From Beijing, I am David.
Echo: 我是(Wǒ shì)Echo.
David: Thanks a lot for listening and we will see you on the site.
Echo: Bye bye.

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Monday at 6:30 pm
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Warm beer is commonplace in China. Serving a cold beer is not automatic for restaurants and bars.

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Thursday at 9:55 pm
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Hi, Tara,


The rule is that when there is a measure word following "一",the tone of "一" should be changed.

一(yì, 4th tone) + 1st tone/ 2nd tone/ 3rd tone : 一天(yì tiān),一人(yì rén),一碗(yì wǎn)

一(yí, 2nd tone)+ 4th tone :一次(yí cì),一个(yí gè)


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Tara
Tuesday at 9:33 am
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大家好。

Question:

“我家有两个冰箱,一个大冰箱,一个小冰箱” 的 “一” 为什么是二声? I thought when 一 is used as a number it gets the first tone.

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Sunday at 6:32 pm
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Hi, Robin Aung,

Coca Cola in Chinese is 可口可乐, pinyin is "kě kǒu kě lè ".

Can I also have a straw? → In Chines, we always ask like "(Do) you have a straw?"

So, in Chinese, it is "有吸管吗?"(yǒu xī guǎn ma ?)


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Robin Aung
Saturday at 3:52 pm
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您好,how can I say Coca Cola in Chinese?(pls include the pinyin? How do I say, "Can I also have a straw?" (pls include the pinyin).

谢谢, Chineseclass101!

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Saturday at 3:51 pm
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Hi Kyle,

Thank you for your question.


I want a cold beer. 我要一杯冰啤。Wǒ yào yī bēi bīng pí .

Do you serve cold beer? 你们有冰啤吗?nǐmen yǒu bīng pí ma ?


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Kyle
Friday at 4:48 am
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so happy to have found this resource, it has been a great help!

one question, how would I ask for a cold beer? not a beer with ice, but a cold liquid without ice? (could you please include the pinyin, thanks :grin:)

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Monday at 1:00 pm
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Hi Alexis 亚历克西,


Thank you for your comments and suggestions! We have added 加 (jia1) to the vocab list and lesson note :grin:

And that's right, when saying some drinks are tasty, we use the adjective 好喝 (hao3 he1).

"This tea is tasty" is: 这个茶很好喝 (zhe3ge cha3 hen2 hao3 he1) :wink:


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Alexis 亚历克西 (Yà lì kè xī)
Monday at 3:52 am
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P.S. to the last comment. If I thought some tea was good would it be appropriate to say 这个差很好喝。(zhe3ge cha1 hen2 hao3 he1)?

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Alexis 亚历克西 (Yà lì kè xī)
Monday at 3:48 am
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你好!


I enjoyed this lesson. There are some important verbs such as 加 (jia1) or phrases 加冰 (jia1 bing1) that would be really nice inclusions for the vocabulary section. I noticed the sentence about Sprite being tasty using 好喝 (hao3 he1) good drink, which corresponds to 好吃 (hao3chi1) for solid meals that are tasty.

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Friday at 11:49 am
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Hi Jarad,


Thank you for posting.

We appreciate your suggestion, and it will be considered.


Sincerely,

Laura

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