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INTRODUCTION
David: If you ever wanted to know how to ask someone for their email address, this is the lesson for you.
Sylvia: You can’t miss this.
David: So we got a dialogue that takes place at a conference, between two people who’ve just met, and they’re speaking standard Mandarin, as always.
DIALOGUE
A: 我怎么联系你?(Wǒ zěnme liánxì nǐ?)
B: 给我发邮件吧。(Gěi wǒ fā yóujiàn ba.)
A: 你邮箱地址是多少?(Nǐ yóuxiāng dìzhǐ duōshǎo?)
B: wangzhi@163.com (wangzhi@yī liù sān.com)
A: 好,我明天发给你。(Hǎo, wǒ míngtiān fā gěi nǐ.)
David: One more time a bit slower.
A: 我怎么联系你?(Wǒ zěnme liánxì nǐ?)
B: 给我发邮件吧。(Gěi wǒ fā yóujiàn ba.)
A: 你邮箱地址是多少?(Nǐ yóuxiāng dìzhǐ duōshǎo?)
B: wangzhi@163.com (wangzhi@yī liù sān.com)
A: 好,我明天发给你。(Hǎo, wǒ míngtiān fā gěi nǐ.)
David: And now with the English translation.
Sylvia: 我怎么联系你?(Wǒ zěnme liánxì nǐ?)
David: How can I contact you?
Sylvia: 给我发邮件吧。(Gěi wǒ fā yóujiàn ba.)
David: Send me an email.
Sylvia: 你邮箱地址是多少?(Nǐ yóuxiāng dìzhǐ duōshǎo?)
David: What's your email address?
Sylvia: wangzhi@163.com (wangzhi@yī liù sān.com)
David: wangzhi@163.com
Sylvia: 好,我明天发给你。(Hǎo, wǒ míngtiān fā gěi nǐ.)
David: Okay, I'll email you tomorrow.
VOCAB LIST
Sylvia: 联系(liánxì) [natural native speed]
David: to contact
Sylvia: 联系(liánxì) [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Sylvia: 联系(liánxì) [natural native speed]
Sylvia: 给(gěi) [natural native speed]
David: to give
Sylvia: 给(gěi) [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Sylvia: 给(gěi) [natural native speed]
Sylvia: 发(fā) [natural native speed]
David: to send
Sylvia: 发(fā) [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Sylvia: 发(fā) [natural native speed]
Sylvia: 邮件(yóu jiàn) [natural native speed]
David: email message
Sylvia: 邮件(yóu jiàn) [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Sylvia: 邮件(yóu jiàn) [natural native speed]
Sylvia: 邮箱(yóu xiāng) [natural native speed]
David: mailbox, email box
Sylvia: 邮箱(yóu xiāng) [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Sylvia: 邮箱(yóu xiāng) [natural native speed]
Sylvia: 地址(dìzhǐ) [natural native speed]
David: address
Sylvia: 地址(dìzhǐ) [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Sylvia: 地址(dìzhǐ) [natural native speed]
Sylvia: 多少(duōshǎo) [natural native speed]
David: how much, how many
Sylvia: 多少(duōshǎo) [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Sylvia: 多少(duōshǎo) [natural native speed]
Sylvia: 明天(míngtiān) [natural native speed]
David: tomorrow
Sylvia: 明天(míngtiān) [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Sylvia: 明天(míngtiān) [natural native speed]
VOCAB AND PHRASE USAGE
David: Let’s take a closer look at some of these words and phrases. The first word we want to highlight is the word for an email message 邮件(yóu jiàn) email, 邮件(yóu jiàn). And this is the email message itself.
Sylvia: Right.
David: Right.
Sylvia: And actually 邮件(yóu jiàn) could also mean letter.
David: Right. It could also mean something that’s sent through the post but it’s that message. It’s not mailing it. In English, we’d say email me, in Chinese the verb is actually 发(fā) to send, 发.(fā.)
Sylvia: So send an email in Chinese we say 发邮件.(Fā yóujiàn.)
David: Right. Send an email 发邮件(Fā yóujiàn). Right. If you are telling someone to send you an email, you would say send me an email 给我发邮件(Gěi wǒ fā yóujiàn), send me an email 给我发邮件(Gěi wǒ fā yóujiàn), which is what we see in the dialogue. They have just added this 吧 at the end to make it more of a suggestion.
Sylvia: Yes.
David: Now there is one more word that’s related to email in our dialogue, 邮箱地址(Yóuxiāng dìzhǐ), which is email address 邮箱地址(Yóuxiāng dìzhǐ). Now we’ve run into the word for address before 地址(Dìzhǐ). What’s the first part of this word?
Sylvia: 邮箱(Yóuxiāng), it means mailbox.
David: So it’s literally your Yahoo account or your Gmail account.
Sylvia: Right.
David: So instead of it being an email address, Chinese people think of it as the address of your email inbox. It’s weird Sylvia.
Sylvia: But it’s the correct way of saying it.
David: Right. So if you are asking someone for their email address, you should ask them 你邮箱地址多少?(Nǐ yóuxiāng dìzhǐ duōshǎo?)Your email inbox address how much 你邮箱地址多少?(Nǐ yóuxiāng dìzhǐ duōshǎo?) And that’s our final point. For email addresses, you ask 多少(Duōshǎo) how much, 多少.(Duōshǎo.)
LESSON FOCUS
Sylvia: So today we are going to talk about doing something for somebody.
David: Right. The grammar structure we use to do this is 给(Gěi) plus the person...
Sylvia: Plus verb.
David: Right. And sometimes at the end, we are going to have that suggestive 吧(Ba) to make it a bit more polite. In the dialogue, we see it here. 给我发邮件吧(Gěi wǒ fā yóujiàn ba) Give me – send an email 给我发邮件吧.(Gěi wǒ fā yóujiàn ba.) Let’s give you guys a simpler example to help make this really clear.
Sylvia: Yes. For instance, 给我看吧.(Gěi wǒ kàn ba.)
David: look at it for me 给我看吧.(Gěi wǒ kàn ba.) Or look after it for me usually.
Sylvia: Another example 我给你买了.(Wǒ gěi nǐ mǎile.)
David: You might use this if you’ve bought something for someone else. 我给你买了(Wǒ gěi nǐ mǎile) I for you to have bought.
Sylvia: One more 给他帮忙.(Gěi tā bāngmáng.)
David: Give him help. 给他帮忙(Gěi tā bāngmáng) Help him. Notice in all of these examples, we’ve changed the person for whom something has been done. We have watch it for me 给我看吧(Gěi wǒ kàn ba); I bought this for you 我给你买了(Wǒ gěi nǐ mǎile); and finally help him 给他帮忙(Gěi tā bāngmáng) The grammar structure is exactly the same though.
Sylvia: Right. So if you are asking for something, you say 给(Gěi) and add the person and then the verb.
David: Right.
OUTRO

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Friday at 12:24 am
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HI Johnathan,


Thanks for the comment, but could you please give us more details about the audio (1:10 - 1:23)? We listened to it and cannot locate any issues, the voice actors are saying the lines from the dialogue correctly.


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Jonathan
Thursday at 11:27 pm
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Can you correct the audio from 1: 10 until 1: 23? Thanks:sunglasses:

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Friday at 11:12 am
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Evgin nǐhǎo,


Thanks a lot for pointing that out, it's fixed now :oops:



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Evgin
Friday at 12:18 am
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nihao.


Hanzi Closeup sheet is unreachable?

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Amber
Friday at 11:44 am
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@Yin Sa,

I agree. I think those mist makes the movies very romantic. Hong Kong kongfu movies always romantic and with an elegant, mysterious nature grace. After the Shaw Brother's gold age, there is a director inherit and developed its style. His name is 徐克(Tsui hark). If you like the Shaw Brother's Kongfu movies that much. You'll love him as well! I recommend 倩女幽魂(A Chinese Ghost Story) made in 1987 and 笑傲江湖之东方不败(The East Is Red,SwordsmanⅡ) made in 1992. The latter one was not directed by Tsui hark, but he supervised the production. Enjoy!

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Yin Sa
Friday at 3:25 am
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Although, my all time favorite has to be A Touch of Zen (侠女). I'm sure the fact that I watched it while holed up in a nice cool shaded room in Taiwan had something to do with me liking the movie so much, but I was really amazed


By the good humor of the film. There is also something about the constant motion of the movie that appealed to me. There always seems to be a certain mist in the air, and the characters move about through doors and courtyards freely.

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Amber
Thursday at 10:53 am
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@Yin Sa,

You mean the stories of Yang Guo? Oh these title translations always drive me crazy.

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Yin Sa
Thursday at 1:50 am
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Ya~ but my favorite has to be the One Armed Swordsman Trilogy. I watched them on my laptop when I was in Taiwan one Summer, holed up in a youth hostel with the AC on, and it was so hot outside that I only went out to buy an Oolong Tea


From one of the local tea shops or a couple Onigiri. Sometimes I would get Jasmine Bubble Milk Tea or Green Tea but whatever it was it was refreshing in the heat, and I have always been impressed with the quality of Taiwanese Tea.

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Yin Sa
Thursday at 1:48 am
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Ya~ but my favorite has to be the One Armed Swordsman Trilogy. I watched them on my laptop when I was in Taiwan one Summer, holed up in a youth hostel with the AC on, and it was so hot outside that I only went out to buy an Oolong Tea


From one of the local tea shops or a couple Onigiri. Sometimes I would get Jasmine Bubble Milk Tea or Green Tea but whatever it was it was refreshing in the heat, and I have always been impressed with the quality of Taiwanese Tea.

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Amber
Wednesday at 11:06 am
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@Yin Sa,

All these movies were produced before I was born, haha. But Fong Sai Yuk series are really famous, not only Fong Sai Yuk, Hong Kong also has a lot of movies and TV shows telling the story of his mother. There is a quite new one, not very new, but at least later than these movies you mentioned:razz:. The title is 苗翠花(miao2 cui4 hua1), it's a TV series produced by TVB, the biggest TV station in Hong Kong, also the successor of the Shaw Brother's.