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INTRODUCTION
Anthony: Hi I am Anthony.
Echo: 嗨,大家好,我是Echo. (Hāi, dàjiā hǎo, wǒ shì Echo.)
Anthony: And welcome to chineseclass101. Today we have our 6th lesson in our second season of our beginner series titled The Hunt for Wireless Internet in China. Echo, what do we have in store for our listeners today?
Echo: In this lesson, you will learn about internet words and a bunch of other office related items.
Anthony: This conversation takes place in a coffee shop between a customer and an employee.
Echo: 没错。 (Méi cuò.) And they are speaking casually as usual.
Anthony: Before we go to the dialogue however, we would like to remind all of our listeners.
Echo: Yes.
Anthony: Come to chineseclass101.com. If you haven’t yet, sign up for your free lifetime account.
Echo: Right. And it will only take you seven seconds.
Anthony: Now Echo, is that seven seconds, is that a guarantee?
Echo: Yes unless your internet is really slow.
Anthony: With that, let’s go to our dialogue.
DIALOGUE
你们有wifi吗?(Nǐmen yǒu wifi ma?)
有。(Yǒu.)
密码多少?(Mìmǎ duōshǎo?)
34567. (Sān sì wǔ liù qī .)
David: One more time, a bit slower.
你们有wifi吗?(Nǐmen yǒu wifi ma?)
有。(Yǒu.)
密码多少?(Mìmǎ duōshǎo?)
34567. (Sān sì wǔ liù qī .)
David: One more time, with English.
你们有wifi吗?(Nǐmen yǒu wifi ma?)
Do you have Wi-Fi?
有。(Yǒu.)
Yes.
密码多少?(Mìmǎ duōshǎo?)
What is the password?
34567. (Sān sì wǔ liù qī.)
It's 34567.
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Anthony: You know, Echo, it seems that I have this conversation every time I go to Starbucks.
Echo: Really why? They don’t have internet.
Anthony: No they do have internet but if you want to use it, not only do you have to buy a cup of coffee, you have to ask them for the password.
Echo: Right. So you use this vocabulary all the time?
Anthony: All the time. So let’s introduce our listeners to it.
Echo: Hah!
Anthony: And now the vocab section.
VOCAB LIST
Echo: 网络 (wǎngluò)
Anthony: Internet.
Echo: 网络, 网络. 网吧 (wǎngluò, wǎngluò. wǎngbā)
Anthony: Internet bar.
Echo: 网吧, 网吧. 密码 (wǎngbā, wǎngbā. mìmǎ)
Anthony: Password.
Echo: 密码, 密码. 笔记本 (mìmǎ, mìmǎ. bǐjìběn)
Anthony: Laptop.
Echo: 笔记本, 笔记本. 电脑 (bǐjìběn, bǐjìběn. diànnǎo)
Anthony: Computer.
Echo: 电脑, 电脑. 电子邮件 (diànnǎo, diànnǎo. diànzǐ yóujiàn)
Anthony: Email.
Echo: 电子邮件, 电子邮件. 传真机 (diànzǐ yóujiàn, diànzǐ yóujiàn. chuánzhēnjī)
Anthony: Fax machine.
Echo: 传真机, 传真机. 电话 (chuánzhēnjī, chuánzhēnjī. diànhuà)
Anthony: Telephone.
Echo: 电话, 电话. (diànhuà, diànhuà.)
VOCAB AND PHRASE USAGE
Anthony: So let’s have a closer look at the usage for some of the words and phrases from this lesson.
Echo: Okay.
Anthony: The first word we will look at is internet.
Echo: 网络 (wǎngluò)
Anthony: That’s third tone, fourth tone.
Echo: 网络 (wǎngluò)
Anthony: I find it more often than not, the internet is very slow in China.
Echo: Yeah it is.
Anthony: So how would I say that in Chinese?
Echo: 网络很慢。 (Wǎngluò hěn màn.)
Anthony: The internet is very slow…
Echo: 网络很慢。 (Wǎngluò hěn màn.)
Anthony: The next word we have is internet bar.
Echo: 网吧 (wǎngbā)
Anthony: One more time.
Echo: 网吧 (wǎngbā)
Anthony: Where can I find an internet bar?
Echo: 网吧在哪儿? (Wǎngbā zài nǎ'er?)
Anthony: Where can I find an internet bar?
Echo: 网吧在哪儿? (Wǎngbā zài nǎ'er?)
Anthony: I personally am not a big fan of internet bars. They are a little dark and smoky.
Echo: Yeah smoky yeah but a lot of younger people, they spend almost I think their entire life there, yeah.
Anthony: A lot of time is spent in the internet bars.
Echo: Yeah.
Anthony: Moving on, our next vocabulary word is password.
Echo: 密码 (mìmǎ)
Anthony: Fourth tone, third tone.
Echo: 密码 (mìmǎ)
Anthony: And I use this next sentence all the time.
Echo: 我忘了密码。 (Wǒ wàngle mìmǎ.)
Anthony: I forgot the password.
Echo: Yeah I use this all the time too. 我忘了密码。 (Wǒ wàngle mìmǎ.)
Anthony: I forgot the password. So I found that the remedy is to change all my passwords into one. So now I use a very simple password.
Echo: What is that?
Anthony: 12345.
Echo: Hey everybody, listen up! But if all your passwords are same, someone can hack into your computer 电脑 (diànnǎo)
Anthony: That’s true. How do you say computer again?
Echo: 电脑 (diànnǎo)
Anthony: That’s fourth tone, third tone.
Echo: 电脑 (diànnǎo)
Anthony: As in, this is my computer.
Echo: 这是我的电脑。 (Zhè shì wǒ de diànnǎo.)
Anthony: This is my computer.
Echo: 这是我的电脑。 (Zhè shì wǒ de diànnǎo.)
Anthony: I think after this podcast, it’s going to be this is my hacked computer. Okay on to our next vocab word, laptop.
Echo: 笔记本 (bǐjìběn)
Anthony: Notice the R 发音 (Fāyīn) on the end of that word. Echo, can you say that one more time for us?
Echo: 笔记本 (bǐjìběn)
Anthony: Now Echo, you know I use a laptop and I think laptops are very convenient.
Echo: 笔记本很方便。 (Bǐjìběn hěn fāngbiàn.)
Anthony: Laptops are very convenient.
Echo: 笔记本很方便。 (Bǐjìběn hěn fāngbiàn.)
Anthony: You know what else is really convenient.
Echo: Yes. Today’s grammar point.
Anthony: Absolutely. So let’s head to our grammar point right now.

Lesson focus

Anthony: The focus of today’s grammar lesson is the verb to have.
Echo: 有 (Yǒu)
Anthony: In the dialogue, we saw this sentence.
Echo: 你们有wifi吗? (Nǐmen yǒu wifi ma?)
Anthony: Do you have wireless?
Echo: 你们有wifi吗? (Nǐmen yǒu wifi ma?)
Anthony: Now the verb
Echo: 有 (Yǒu)
Anthony: Shows ownership. I have Wi-Fi.
Echo: 我有wifi。 (Wǒ yǒu wifi.)
Anthony: I have Wi-Fi.
Echo: 我有wifi。 (Wǒ yǒu wifi.)
Anthony: I have a computer.
Echo: 我有电脑。 (Wǒ yǒu diànnǎo.)
Anthony: I have a computer.
Echo: 我有电脑。 (Wǒ yǒu diànnǎo.)
Anthony: I have a telephone.
Echo: 我有电话。 (Wǒ yǒu diànhuà.)
Anthony: I have a telephone.
Echo: 我有电话。 (Wǒ yǒu diànhuà.)
Anthony: Now in all of these sentences, we are using a very simple grammar pattern. It goes, he
Echo: 他 (Tā)
Anthony: Has
Echo: 有 (Yǒu)
Anthony: A television.
Echo: 电视 (Diànshì)
Anthony: He has a television.
Echo: 他有电视。 (Tā yǒu diànshì.)
Anthony: The grammar pattern that we are using here is subject
Echo: 他, (Tā,) then 有 (Yǒu)
Anthony: Which is the verb to have and then the object.
Echo: Like 他有电视。 (Tā yǒu diànshì.)
Anthony: He has a television.
Echo: 他有电视。 (Tā yǒu diànshì.)
Anthony: That’s pretty simple to use but what if we want to ask someone if they own something.
Echo: That’s simple. All we do is add a 吗 at the end.
Anthony: Now this
Echo: 吗 (Ma)
Anthony: Is a question marker. You put this at the end of a statement and it magically turns into a question.
Echo: Right.
Anthony: So Echo, why don’t you take us through a couple of sample sentences where we are using
Echo: 有 (Yǒu)
Anthony: In a question.
Echo: Okay.
Anthony: Our first sample sentence is
Echo: 你有电子邮件吗? (Nǐ yǒu diànzǐ yóujiàn ma?)
Anthony: Do you have an email address?
Echo: 你有电子邮件吗? (Nǐ yǒu diànzǐ yóujiàn ma?)
Anthony: And notice changing this from a statement to a sentence, all we are doing is putting the
Echo: 吗 (Ma)
Anthony: On the end.
Echo: Right.
Anthony: Our next sentence.
Echo: 她有传真机吗? (Tā yǒu chuánzhēn jī ma?)
Anthony: Does she have a fax machine?
Echo: 她有传真机吗? (Tā yǒu chuánzhēn jī ma?)
Anthony: Does she have a fax machine? So just like in the previous examples, we are using the subject plus
Echo: 有 (Yǒu)
Anthony: Plus the object formula and just adding the question marker
Echo: 吗 (Ma)
Anthony: To the end of the sentence.
Echo: Right.
Anthony: To review one more time, when we want to show ownership, we simply stick
Echo: 有 (Yǒu)
Anthony: In the middle of the subject and an object. For example, she has a book.
Echo: 她有书。 (Tā yǒu shū.)
Anthony: She has a book.
Echo: 她有书。 (Tā yǒu shū.)
Anthony: And then if we want to change that statement into a question, we simply add a
Echo: 吗 (Ma)
Anthony: So she has a book turns into, does she have a book?
Echo: 她有书吗? (Tā yǒu shū ma?)
Anthony: One more time.
Echo: 她有书吗? (Tā yǒu shū ma?)
Anthony: So that does it for our grammar section. Before we go today, some of our listeners already know about the most powerful tool on chineseclass101.
Echo: Right. Line by line audio.
Anthony: The perfect tool for rapidly improving listening comprehension. By listening to lines of the conversation again and again.
Echo: Right.
Anthony: Listen until every word and syllable becomes clear. Basically we break down the dialogue into comprehensible bite size sentences.
Echo: Right. You can try the line by line audio in the premium learning center at chineseclass101.com

Outro

Anthony: And that does it for our podcast today. From Beijing, I am Anthony.
Echo: 我是Echo。 (Wǒ shì Echo.)
Anthony: Thanks for listening and see you next week.
Echo: 下周见, (Xià zhōu jiàn,) Bye bye.
Anthony: Bye bye.

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Tuesday at 6:30 pm
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Where do you go to get wireless internet in China?

ChineseClass101.com
Monday at 11:04 pm
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Hello Gerald,


Thank you for your comment. You can say: 当我还小的时候,我曾经喜欢去网吧。现在我二十七岁,我爱看书,特别是关于中医和针灸的书。我有一个电脑和一个笔记本儿,它们都很方便,我可以用它们来学习和工作。


Good job on the sentences! Let us know if you have any questions.


Ngai Lam

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Gerald
Wednesday at 10:24 pm
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大家好!谢谢你的课!

当我小的时候,我曾经喜欢网吧😄现在我二十七岁而且我爱看书,特别中医和针灸的书。

我有一个电脑和一个笔记本儿,它们都太方便,我可以学而且工作👍


Examples with 不了:

1. 我太累了,锻炼不了

2. 我忘了电脑的密码,用不了


谢谢你们!

Team ChineseClass101.com
Wednesday at 10:41 pm
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你好,卫力,


Let’s have a look at "不了" expression.


constructure:

V+ 不了(bù liǎo ):can not do something (for some reason).

E.g. 走不了= can not go : 我没有车,所以走不了。

吃不了= can not eat: 这道菜太辣了,我吃不了。


It's your turn now. Please try to make some sentences.


Cho

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卫力 (aka Alexis)
Saturday at 1:41 pm
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你好, Cho,


谢谢!


I didn't know "不了 expressions." They look useful, because they follow 不 we know they are not pronounced le I take it.


卫力

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Saturday at 11:43 am
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你好,卫力

When I forget my password, I cannot use the internet. I can write an email, but I cannot send it.

当我忘了(我的:not necessary)密码的时候,我用不了(liǎo)网络。我可以写电子邮件,但是发不出去。

用不了(liǎo): can not use, restricted by objective conditions.

another example,

电脑开不了。 The computer can not be started up.

手指冻得写不了字。 My fingers are so frozen to write.


发不出去: can not send it out. (out is the point of this sentence.)


Cho

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卫力 (aka Alexis)
Friday at 2:07 pm
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大家好,


When I forget my password, I cannot use the internet. I can write an email, but I cannot send it.


当我忘了我的密码的时候,我不可以用网络。我可以写电子邮件, 但是不可以送它。


(Dāng wǒ wàngle wǒ de mìmǎ de shíhòu, wǒ bù kěyǐ yòng wǎngluò. Wǒ kěyǐ xiě diànzǐ yóujiàn, dànshì bù kěyǐ sòng tā.)


再见,


卫力

Patty
Monday at 11:03 pm
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You guys are so far ahead of me technologically. When I'm away from my computer on the dial up landline it's because I have to get away from it; do errands, work out, rest my eyes, visit with my nieces. When I bought it the sales rep tried to get me to buy a portable and I just said no. My sister knows I'm a bookworm and tried to get me to spend $300 or so on a Kindle and I just said no.


Now, if there was a product that I could load up with my hundreds or thousands of books I got free online, and read them sounding like a real person not a machine, _that_ I might buy.

Anthony
Friday at 10:46 am
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I've found that for some reason after about 30 minutes of wireless use at Starbucks, the connection slows to a crawl. This has happened at 3 different locations. Could just be a coincidence. I still like Starbucks due to the consistency as far as coffee is concerned.

david
Thursday at 12:59 pm
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Lots of great cafes up here in Beijing, almost all of which have wireless Internet. Harder to find anything but big chain cafes in Shanghai and Shenzhen.

podboy
Wednesday at 6:38 pm
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I think Starbucks is a good place. :mrgreen: