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INTRO
David:
This is the lesson. It’s all about news. So we’ve got newspapers, we’ve got television and we have the internet.
Sylvia:
Exactly.
David:
Right. So our dialogue is about two people checking the news online. So it takes place maybe at work or maybe in a café.
DIALOGUE
A:
今天上网了吗?
B:
没有。有新闻吗?
A:
没有,老样子!你自己看吧。
David:
One more time a bit slower.
A:
今天上网了吗?
B:
没有。有新闻吗?
A:
没有,老样子!你自己看吧。
David:
And now with the English translation.
Sylvia:
今天上网了吗?
David:
Hey, have you gotten online today?
Sylvia:
没有。有新闻吗?
David:
No. Is there news?
Sylvia:
没有,老样子!你自己看吧。
David:
No, the same as always! Take a look yourself.
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
David:
So I get most of my news online these days. I’d say I get almost all of my news online these days.
Sylvia:
Me too.
David:
But here at Beijing, the newspaper industry is still huge. You’ve got the street side stance and they sell newspapers and magazines. So knowing how to talk about this stuff is really useful and reading these papers is a great way to get practice.
VOCAB LIST
Sylvia:
今天 [natural native speed]
David:
today
Sylvia:
今天 [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Sylvia:
今天 [natural native speed]
Sylvia:
上网 [natural native speed]
David:
to go online
Sylvia:
上网 [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Sylvia:
上网 [natural native speed]
Sylvia:
新闻 [natural native speed]
David:
news
Sylvia:
新闻 [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Sylvia:
新闻 [natural native speed]
Sylvia:
老样子 [natural native speed]
David:
the same old
Sylvia:
老样子 [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Sylvia:
老样子 [natural native speed]
Sylvia:
自己 [natural native speed]
David:
oneself
Sylvia:
自己 [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Sylvia:
自己 [natural native speed]
Sylvia:
网络 [natural native speed]
David:
Internet
Sylvia:
网络 [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Sylvia:
网络 [natural native speed]
Sylvia:
报纸 [natural native speed]
David:
newspaper
Sylvia:
报纸 [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Sylvia:
报纸 [natural native speed]
Sylvia:
电视 [natural native speed]
David:
television
Sylvia:
电视 [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Sylvia:
电视 [natural native speed]
VOCAB AND PHRASE USAGE
David:
Our vocab focus today is on news 新闻 And that’s the generic word for news.
Sylvia:
新闻.
David:
as in today’s news...
Sylvia:
今天的新闻.
David:
or yesterday’s news [*].
Sylvia:
昨天的新闻.
David:
So let’s say you want to buy a newspaper, Sylvia how do we ask for one at the newspaper stance?
Sylvia:
有报纸吗?
David:
Do you have a newspaper?
Sylvia:
有报纸吗?
David:
You might want to say, I want to buy a newspaper...
Sylvia:
我要买报纸.
David:
I want to buy a newspaper.
Sylvia:
我要买报纸.
David:
Of course in China, there is also television. 电视 and we know the word for television 电视 and we know the word for news 新闻 television news is…
Sylvia:
电视新闻.
David:
And of course these days the most popular way to get the news, it’s not the newspaper and it’s not television.
Sylvia:
It’s 网络.
David:
Right which is – it’s actually the way you say network in China 网络. If you want to get online, you have to 上网 to get online...
Sylvia:
上网
David:
I want to go online…
Sylvia:
我想上网.
David:
I want to go online and read the news...
Sylvia:
我想上网看新闻.
LESSON FOCUS
Sylvia:
Okay David. Today we are going to talk about self.
David:
Yes. We are talking about the Chinese word that we use to kind of stress that you are doing it yourself or that he is doing it himself and that word again is 自己. Let’s hear it a bit slower
Sylvia:
自己.
David:
In the dialogue, we heard it in this line
Sylvia:
你自己看吧.
David:
Is it really saying you yourself look.
Sylvia:
你自己看吧. So what about I myself?
David:
Right. This is one of the wonderful things with Chinese. There is no conjugation. So we already know the word I. 我 So how do we say I myself?
Sylvia:
我自己. What about himself?
David:
Right. That would be 他自己 and that would be either he (他) or she (她) as we already know.
Sylvia:
Yes.
David:
One last point. Sometimes you want to emphasize the possessive. This is his…
Sylvia:
这是他自己的.
David:
Listen one more time.
Sylvia:
这是他自己的.
David:
and note that we can take out that oneself.
Sylvia:
Right. It’s perfectly correct to say 这是他的.
David:
Right. Let’s hear those two side by side. First of all, this is his 这是他的. but for emphasis, we can say...
Sylvia:
这是他自己的.
David:
Right, it’s no one else’s, it’s really his.
Sylvia:
这是他自己的.
David:
So you can get away without using this but often when you want to stress that someone’s doing something themselves, this is the most natural way to do it and we’ve got some really simple sentences that are going to illustrate this. Sylvia?
Sylvia:
Yeah David. Our first one is 我自己来.
David:
I am coming myself.
Sylvia:
我自己来.
David:
Right. So maybe you are on the phone and you are telling, I am not sending anyone. I will be there to do it myself. The next would be “you do it yourself”...
Sylvia:
你自己做.
David:
Maybe you have a colleague who might give the work to someone else and you want to stress. This is your responsibility, do it yourself.
Sylvia:
你自己做.
OUTRO

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Monday at 6:30 pm
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Monday at 7:08 pm
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Hi, Joe,

Thank you for your posting.
I think it is good to review again and again until you can master it perfectly for language learning.
And if you go up to the master level, why not move on to the intermediate section?
Chanllege is important, too.😄

Cho
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Joe
Sunday at 11:07 pm
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Hello,

I was looking at some of the Beginner Lessons once I have finished the absolute beginner series, and a lot of the material looks to be the same. Once I have finished all the relevant materials in the Absolute Beginner Seasons, should I move on to the Intermediate section?

Joe

Tuesday at 4:41 pm
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Hi Erik,

We don’t say 我要报纸买, it not correct in grammar. I
n Chinese, if a verb is used with a noun to express an action, the noun should be put after the verb. In the phrase 买报纸, 买 is a transitive verb and 报纸 is its object.
For the sentence “You can buy the ticket at the train station” which ends with 买 in Chinese, I think the translation is 你可以在车站买。 Here 买 is used as an intransitive verb, it omitted its obeject 票. Or the translation could also be 票可以在车站买。In this case, its structure is a different from above. In grammar, it is actually 票是可以在车站买的。You can see that 票 is used as the subject in this sentence, therefore, it’s ok for 票 to be put before the verb 买. But in the sentence 我要买报纸, the subject is 我 not 报纸, that’s why your sentence doesn’t make sense.

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Erik
Saturday at 8:43 am
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In your example you use, 我要买报纸, wǒ yāo mǎi bàozhǐ, ( I want buy newspaper). Is is also proper to say, 我要报纸买, wǒ yào bàozhǐ mǎi, ( I want newspaper buy)? In an earlier lesson about buying a train ticket at the train station, it was “You can buy the ticket at the train station”, with the 买 ending the sentence. It was similar to this: 你可以票在火车站买, nǐ kěyǐ piào zài huǒchē zhàn mǎi.

Thanks for the clarification.