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INTRODUCTION
Anthony: Welcome to chineseclass101, the fastest, easiest and most fun way to learn Chinese.
Echo: Hi! 大家好, 我是Echo。 (Dàjiā hǎo, wǒ shì Echo.)
Anthony: And I am Anthony and today, we have our 16th lesson in our second season of our beginner series titled, The Most Expensive DVD in China.
Echo: Right.
Anthony: You know, one of the interesting things about living in China is the availability of cheap pirated DVDs.
Echo: Yeah. You can find DVD shops all over town.
Anthony: Or you can also find people selling them from cover boxes on the side of the street in front of shopping malls.
Echo: Or restaurants.
Anthony: Yeah.
Echo: And just like most things in China, you can bargain for the price.
Anthony: Yes. So in today’s dialogue, we listen in on a customer bargaining down the price of a DVD.
Echo: And we are also going to review numbers from 1 to 10.
Anthony: Yes and the great thing about Chinese is if you know 1 through 10, you can pretty much count to infinity. All right, before we go to the dialogue, if you are listening to us on iTunes, come to the website chineseclass101.com; sign up with your email address. Instantly, you will get access to a ton of lessons. You will be studying Chinese faster and learning more.
Echo: Right.
Anthony: Okay so with that said, let’s go on to the dialogue.
DIALOGUE
DVD多少钱? (DVD duō shǎo qián?)
8块。 (Bā kuài.)
8块?太贵了! (Bā kuài ? Tài guì le!)
你想付多少? (Nǐ xiǎng fù duōshǎo?)
6块。 (Liù kuài.)
7块怎么样? (Qī kuài zěnmeyàng?)
Anthony: One more time a little bit slower.
DVD多少钱? (DVD duō shǎo qián?)
8块。 (Bā kuài.)
8块?太贵了! (Bā kuài ? Tài guì le!)
你想付多少? (Nǐ xiǎng fù duōshǎo?)
6块。 (Liù kuài.)
7块怎么样? (Qī kuài zěnmeyàng?)
Anthony: One more time with English.
Echo: DVD多少钱? (DVD duō shǎo qián?)
Anthony: How much for the DVD?
Echo: 8块。 (Bā kuài.)
Anthony: Eight kuai.
Echo: 8块?太贵了! (Bā kuài ? Tài guì le!)
Anthony: Eight kuai? that’s really expensive!
Echo: 你想付多少? (Nǐ xiǎng fù duōshǎo?)
Anthony: How much do you want to pay?
Echo: 6块。 (Liù kuài.)
Anthony: Six kuai.
Echo: 7块怎么样? (Qī kuài zěnmeyàng?)
Anthony: How about seven kuai?
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Anthony: Buyer beware. You get what you pay for in China.
Echo: Yeah but a lot of times, the quality of the DVDs are not very good like especially for newer DVDs.
Anthony: Yeah I had a bad experience buying a recent American movie that was a bootleg from Russia and it didn’t have any English subtitles.
Echo: Yeah but luckily, usually you can return this DVD to the store.
Anthony: Yes.
Echo: To where you bought it and like get a new one but make sure you keep the 发票, the receipt.
Anthony: Yeah keep your receipt but if you buy it from the person selling them from cover boxes, you just maybe out of luck.
Echo: Yeah.
Anthony: But you got to take your risks. So to effectively bargain in China, you need to have your numbers down pat.
Echo: Right.
Anthony: So in our vocabulary section, we are going to go through a quick review and we are also going to go over some essential bargaining phrases.
Echo: That’s right. So let’s go.
Anthony: Okay.
VOCAB LIST
Anthony: And now the vocab section.
Echo: 多少钱 (duō shǎo qián)
Anthony: How much money?
Echo: 多少钱, 多少钱. 块 (duō shǎo qián, duō shǎo qián. kuài)
Anthony: Measure word for money.
Echo: 块, 块. 贵 (kuài, kuài. guì)
Anthony: Expensive.
Echo: 贵, 贵. 便宜 (guì, guì. piányì)
Anthony: Cheap.
Echo: 便宜, 便宜. 想 (piányì, piányì. xiǎng)
Anthony: To want.
Echo: 想, 想. 付 (xiǎng, xiǎng. fù)
Anthony: To pay.
Echo: 付, 付. (fù, fù.)
VOCAB AND PHRASE USAGE
Anthony: Okay so as promised, we are going to go over the first ten numbers in Chinese.
Echo: Yeah.
Anthony: In rapid fire succession.
Echo: Let’s go 一 (Yī)
Anthony: One.
Echo: 二 (Èr)
Anthony: Two.
Echo: 三 (Sān)
Anthony: Three
Echo: 四 (Sì)
Anthony: Four.
Echo: 五 (Wǔ)
Anthony: Five.
Echo: 六 (Liù)
Anthony: Six.
Echo: 七 (Qī)
Anthony: Seven.
Echo: 八 (Bā)
Anthony: Eight.
Echo: 九 (Jiǔ)
Anthony: Nine.
Echo: 十 (Shí)
Anthony: Ten. Okay that was the reverse countdown. Numbers 1 through 10 are done. Now let’s use the numbers in the rest of our vocabulary section.
Echo: 多少钱 (duō shǎo qián)
Anthony: How much money.
Echo: 多少钱 (duō shǎo qián)
Anthony: Yeah.
Echo: 这个多少钱? (Zhègè duō shǎo qián ?)
Anthony: How much money is this one?
Echo: 这个多少钱?块。 (Zhège duō shǎo qián? Kuài.)
Anthony: The measure word for money.
Echo: 块。 (Kuài.)
Anthony: Okay now this is a perfect opportunity to put those numbers to use.
Echo: 十块钱。 (Shí kuài qián.)
Anthony: $10.
Echo: 十块钱。 or 九块钱。 (Shí kuài qián. Or jiǔ kuài qián.)
Anthony: $9.
Echo: 九块钱。四块钱。 (Jiǔ kuài qián. Sì kuài qián.)
Anthony: $4
Echo: 四块钱。 (Sì kuài qián.)
Anthony: Now some things, say $100 we would label that as
Echo: Yeah 贵 (Guì)
Anthony: Expensive.
Echo: Yeah 贵。 (Guì.) So 五块不贵。 (Wǔ kuài bù guì.)
Anthony: 5 quay is not expensive.
Echo: 五块不贵。 (Wǔ kuài bù guì.)
Anthony: Yeah but if you get that DVD for 5 quay, don’t be surprised if it’s not the best quality DVD.
Echo: Yeah that’s right 便宜 (Piányí)
Anthony: Cheap.
Echo: 便宜。DVD很便宜。 (Piányí.DVD hěn piányí.)
Anthony: Yes the DVD is very cheap.
Echo: DVD很便宜。想 (DVD hěn piányí. Xiǎng)
Anthony: This is the verb to want.
Echo: 想 (Xiǎng)
Anthony: For example
Echo: 我想要两张。 (Wǒ xiǎng yào liǎng zhāng.)
Anthony: I want two DVDs.
Echo: 我想要两张。 (Wǒ xiǎng yào liǎng zhāng.)
Anthony: So our next vocabulary word.
Echo: 付 (fù)
Anthony: And this means to pay, it could be money or it could be…
Echo: Yeah.
Anthony: Any sort of thing that you have to give in exchange for something.
Echo: 我付一半。 (Wǒ fù yíbàn.)
Anthony: I will pay half.
Echo: 我付一半。 (Wǒ fù yíbàn.)
Anthony: Or you can say you know, we will split the bill.
Echo: Yeah.
Anthony: All right. So that does it for our vocab section. We’ve gone over numbers.
Echo: Yep.
Anthony: We’ve also gone over cheap and expensive
Echo: Yeah. Some very important vocabulary when you are bargaining.
Anthony: Yes and especially if you come to Beijing and you go to silk market, you want to review this stuff before you go there.
Echo: Yes.
Anthony: Or else you get eaten alive. All right, so that’s it for our vocab section. Now let’s go on to the grammar point.
Echo: Okay.

Lesson focus

Anthony: The focus of today’s grammar point is the verb to want.
Echo: 想 (Xiǎng)
Anthony: And this also functions as a co-verb which means you can put another verb after it.
Echo: Right. When 想 (Xiǎng) is followed by another verb, the meaning changes from to want, to want to do something.
Anthony: Right. So for instance, in the dialogue, we heard this sentence
Echo: 你想付多少? (Nǐ xiǎng fù duōshǎo?)
Anthony: How much do you want to pay?
Echo: 你想付多少? 付 (Nǐ xiǎng fù duōshǎo? Fù) as a verb means to pay.
Anthony: Now when we put them together, it becomes
Echo: 想付 (Xiǎng fù)
Anthony: Yes, “to want to pay”. Let’s take a look at a few more sample sentences.
Echo: Okay. 我想去。 (Wǒ xiǎng qù.)
Anthony: I want to go.
Echo: 我想去。 (Wǒ xiǎng qù.) The verb 去 (Qù) to go directly follows the co-verb 想 (Xiǎng)
Anthony: How much do you want?
Echo: 你想要多少? (Nǐ xiǎng yào duōshǎo?)
Anthony: And the two verbs here?
Echo: 想 (Xiǎng) of course and then it followed by 要 (Yào)
Anthony: Yes to want. Just simply to want.
Echo: Yeah.
Anthony: The next sentence
Echo: 他想吃什么? (Tā xiǎng chī shénme?)
Anthony: What does he want to eat?
Echo: 他想吃什么? (Tā xiǎng chī shénme?)
Anthony: So Echo, whenever I ask you this question, what do you want to eat, I already know the answer.
Echo: 我想吃四川菜。 (Wǒ xiǎng chī sìchuān cài.)
Anthony: Yes Echo always wants to eat Szechuan food.
Echo: Yeah 我想吃四川菜。 (Wǒ xiǎng chī sìchuān cài.)
Anthony: Okay so our next sample sentence.
Echo: 他们想看电影。 (Tāmen xiǎng kàn diànyǐng.)
Anthony: They want to watch a movie.
Echo: 他们想看电影。 (Tāmen xiǎng kàn diànyǐng.)
Anthony: Okay and the co-verbs here are
Echo: 想看 (Xiǎng kàn)
Anthony: To want to watch.
Echo: 他们想看电影。 (Tāmen xiǎng kàn diànyǐng.)
Anthony: Okay. Our next example.
Echo: 你想找谁? (Nǐ xiǎng zhǎo shéi?)
Anthony: Who are you looking for or who do you want to find.
Echo: 你想找谁? (Nǐ xiǎng zhǎo shéi?) This is very useful like no matter you are on the phone with someone.
Anthony: Yeah so if somebody comes to your door, you don’t know who they are or what they want, you can ask them this sentence.
Echo: Yeah 你想找谁? (Nǐ xiǎng zhǎo shéi?)
Anthony: Who are you looking for?
Echo: Or like if you are on the phone with someone you don’t know, you can ask 你想找谁? (Nǐ xiǎng zhǎo shéi?)
Anthony: Yeah who do you want to find, who do you want to talk to. Right, okay and our last sample sentence.
Echo: 我想玩电脑。 (Wǒ xiǎng wán diànnǎo.)
Anthony: I want to play games on the computer.
Echo: Yeah 我想玩电脑。 (Wǒ xiǎng wán diànnǎo.)
Anthony: All right great. So let’s go through a quick review.
Echo: We know that 想 (Xiǎng) is a co-verb.
Anthony: That’s right and when we place a verb after 想, (Xiǎng,) the meaning changes from “to want” to “to want to do something”.
Echo: Right and the formula we use is 想 (Xiǎng) plus a simple verb plus an object.
Anthony: Right. So Echo, take us through one more sample sentence.
Echo: Okay I love to. 我想学中文。 (Wǒ xiǎng xué zhōngwén.)
Anthony: I want to study Chinese.
Echo: 我想学中文。 (Wǒ xiǎng xué zhōngwén.)
Anthony: And if you want to study Chinese, where should you go?
Echo: Chineseclass101.com
Anthony: That’s right. The best way to learn Chinese.
Echo: Yeah.
Anthony: There you can find PDF lesson notes, a voice recorder tool, line by line audio and transcripts. You are not going to beat that.
Echo: Right.

Outro

Anthony: Okay so with that, from Beijing, I am Anthony
Echo: 我是Echo。 (Wǒ shì Echo.)
Anthony: Thanks for listening and we will see you next time.
Echo: 下次见,(Xià cì jiàn,) Bye bye.
Anthony: Bye bye.

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Tuesday at 6:30 pm
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What is the cheapest DVD you've bought in China?

ChineseClass101.com
Monday at 6:34 pm
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Hello Gerald,


You're welcome! You can simply say 当我还是个孩子的时候,我有一部DVD机,我喜欢用它看电影。


想 does carry the meaning of 'to want', but we add a verb after it to complete the expression, it can be followed by other verbs apart from 要.


As always, let us know if you have any questions.


Ngai Lam

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Gerald
Friday at 9:45 pm
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Hi Ngai!


1. yes, I meant that, how should be written then? 😅


2. So, 想 by its own is never ''to want'' but with y要, I think i'm following it


Thanks for your answer! :)

ChineseClass101.com
Friday at 7:01 pm
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Hello Gerald,


Thank you for your comment. Did you mean to say 你以前有一部DVD机?你用它看电影?


我想一个苹果 would mean 'I miss an apple'. We need to add a verb after 想 to express 'to want', so the correct sentence is 我想要一个苹果。


Keep it up, and let us know if you have any questions.


Ngai Lam

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Gerald
Thursday at 11:12 pm
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大家好!谢谢你的课!

这课很容易. 当我还是个孩子的时候,我有一张DVD, 我以前喜欢用它看电影. 现在我只是在netflix看电影😆\


我有一个问题

In the example below ''I want one apple 我想一个苹果'' why is that bad? In the lesson they clearly say 想 is ''to want''. I think I don't get when to use it to mean ''to want''.

卫力 (aka Alexis)
Wednesday at 10:50 pm
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谢谢! Cho!


I didn't expect you to answer back so soon!

Team ChineseClass101.com
Wednesday at 10:33 pm
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Hello 卫力,

On point,

我不可以用DVD机看电影。

In Chinese, on DVD means "by DVD player".


and for 想:

1 and 3 are perfect.

2. 我想一个苹果。   ✖

我要一个苹果。  〇

我想要一个苹果。 〇


继续加油哦!

Cho

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卫力 (aka Alexis)
Friday at 3:01 pm
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大家好,

Lesson 16 is really too easy. I cannot watch movies on DVD, because my DVD player is broken.

第十六课真的太容易了。我不可以在DVD看电影,因为我的DVD机坏了。

(Dì shíliù kè zhēn de tài róngyìle. Wǒ bù kěyǐ zài DVD kàn diànyǐng, yīnwèi wǒ de DVD jī huàile.)


So to date, we have three uses for 想:

1. We can use 想 as to think. 我想这个DVD 太贵了。I think this DVD is too expensive

2. We can use 想 as to want. 我想一个苹果。I want one apple.

3. We can use 想 as a helping verb to want to: 我想去中国。I want to go to China.


Is that right?


谢谢和再见,


力卫

Jan
Wednesday at 10:33 am
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@Kelin


不好意思 ~~ 例句拼音已经添加了。 谢谢提醒 ^_^

Kelin
Wednesday at 4:19 am
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Will you be adding the pinyin to the sample sentences in this lesson?