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INTRODUCTION
Michael: Hi everyone, and welcome back to ChineseClass101.com. This is Business Chinese for Beginners Season 1 Lesson 7 - Saying Goodbye When You Leave Your Job in China. Michael here.
Dehua: 大家好!(Dàjiā hǎo!) I'm Dehua.
Michael: In this lesson, you’ll learn how to say goodbye in a business setting. The conversation takes place at an office.
Dehua: It's between Linda and Mark.
Michael: The speakers are co-workers, therefore, they will speak informal Chinese. Okay, let's listen to the conversation.
DIALOGUE
马浩然: 我先走了!
(Mǎ Hàorán: Wǒ xiān zǒule!)
张丽: 为什么那么早就离开?
(Zhāng Lì: Wèishéme nàme zǎo jiù líkāi?)
马浩然: 东西都做完了,就回家咯。
(Mǎ Hàorán: Dōngxī dū zuò wánliǎo, jiù huí jiā gē.)
马浩然: 你也不要做得太晚了。
(Mǎ Hàorán: Nǐ yě bùyào zuò dé tài wǎnle.)
张丽: 谈何容易。
(Zhāng Lì: Tánhéróngyì.)
马浩然: 你还有很多工作?
(Mǎ Hàorán: Nǐ hái yǒu hěnduō gōngzuò?)
张丽: 没差啦,我会搞定。
(Zhāng Lì: Méi chà la, wǒ huì bàn tuǒ.)
马浩然: 好吧,明天见。
(Mǎ Hàorán: Hǎo ba, míngtiān jiàn.)
Michael: Listen to the conversation one time slowly.
马浩然: 我先走了!
(Mǎ Hàorán: Wǒ xiān zǒule!)
张丽: 为什么那么早就离开?
(Zhāng Lì: Wèishéme nàme zǎo jiù líkāi?)
马浩然: 东西都做完了,就回家咯。
(Mǎ Hàorán: Dōngxī dū zuò wánliǎo, jiù huí jiā gē.)
马浩然: 你也不要做得太晚了。
(Mǎ Hàorán: Nǐ yě bùyào zuò dé tài wǎnle.)
张丽: 谈何容易。
(Zhāng Lì: Tánhéróngyì.)
马浩然: 你还有很多工作?
(Mǎ Hàorán: Nǐ hái yǒu hěnduō gōngzuò?)
张丽: 没差啦,我会搞定。
(Zhāng Lì: Méi chà la, wǒ huì bàn tuǒ.)
马浩然: 好吧,明天见。
(Mǎ Hàorán: Hǎo ba, míngtiān jiàn.)
Michael: Listen to the conversation with the English translation.
马浩然: 我先走了!
(Mǎ Hàorán: Wǒ xiān zǒule!)
Mark: "So I will be going."
张丽: 为什么那么早就离开?
(Zhāng Lì: Wèishéme nàme zǎo jiù líkāi?)
Linda: "Why so early?"
马浩然: 东西都做完了,就回家咯。
(Mǎ Hàorán: Dōngxī dū zuò wánliǎo, jiù huí jiā gē.)
Mark: "I have finished everything, so I'm going home."
马浩然: 你也不要做得太晚了。
(Mǎ Hàorán: Nǐ yě bùyào zuò dé tài wǎnle.)
Mark: "You should not work till too late."
张丽: 谈何容易。
(Zhāng Lì: Tánhéróngyì.)
Linda: "I wish it was that simple."
马浩然: 你还有很多工作?
(Mǎ Hàorán: Nǐ hái yǒu hěnduō gōngzuò?)
Mark: "Do you still have much work to do?"
张丽: 没差啦,我会搞定。
(Zhāng Lì: Méi chà la, wǒ huì bàn tuǒ.)
Linda: "Nevermind, I'll get it done."
马浩然: 好吧,明天见。
(Mǎ Hàorán: Hǎo ba, míngtiān jiàn.)
Mark: "Okay, then I’ll see you tomorrow!"
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Michael: Mark is leaving early, but Linda still has some work to do.
Dehua: Yes, she does. Hopefully she can finish soon.
Michael: Is it common to work overtime in China?
Dehua: Yes, I think so.
Michael: I remember reading a few stories about bus drivers working overtime in China.
Dehua: Yes, there have been some traffic accidents due to this in the past.
Michael: How many hours do Chinese employees usually work?
Dehua: About fifty hours. The required minimum wage is US$3.60. (three sixty US dollars)
Michael: So what is the average salary?
Dehua: US$1,104. (one thousand one hundred and four US dollars)
Michael: Okay, now onto the vocab.
VOCAB LIST
Michael: Let’s take a look at the vocabulary from this lesson. The first word is...
Dehua: 先走(xiān zǒu) [natural native speed]
Michael: "to leave early; to leave now"
Dehua: 先走(xiān zǒu) [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Dehua: 先走(xiān zǒu) [natural native speed]
Michael: Next we have...
Dehua: 为什么(wèishéme) [natural native speed]
Michael: "why"
Dehua: 为什么(wèishéme) [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Dehua: 为什么(wèishéme) [natural native speed]
Michael: Next we have...
Dehua: 离开(líkāi) [natural native speed]
Michael: "to leave"
Dehua: 离开(líkāi) [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Dehua: 离开(líkāi) [natural native speed]
Michael: Next we have...
Dehua: 回家(huí jiā) [natural native speed]
Michael: "to go home"
Dehua: 回家(huí jiā) [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Dehua: 回家(huí jiā) [natural native speed]
Michael: Next we have...
Dehua: 晚(wǎn) [natural native speed]
Michael: "late"
Dehua: 晚(wǎn) [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Dehua: 晚(wǎn) [natural native speed]
Michael: Next we have...
Dehua: 容易(róngyì) [natural native speed]
Michael: "easy; simple"
Dehua: 容易(róngyì) [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Dehua: 容易(róngyì) [natural native speed]
Michael: Next we have...
Dehua: 搞定(gǎodìng) [natural native speed]
Michael: "to complete; to have something done"
Dehua: 搞定(gǎodìng) [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Dehua: 搞定(gǎodìng) [natural native speed]
Michael: Next we have...
Dehua: 明天(míngtiān) [natural native speed]
Michael: "tomorrow"
Dehua: 明天(míngtiān) [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Dehua: 明天(míngtiān) [natural native speed]
Michael: And lastly...
Dehua: 见(jiàn) [natural native speed]
Michael: "to see"
Dehua: 见(jiàn) [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Dehua: 见(jiàn) [natural native speed]
KEY VOCAB AND PHRASES
Michael: Let's have a closer look at the usage of some of the words and phrases from this lesson. The first phrase is...
Dehua: 谈何容易(tánhéróngyì)
Michael: meaning "it's easier said than done."
Michael: Let’s break down this phrase.
Dehua: First is 谈(tán). This means "speak; said." Next is 何(hé).
Michael: That means "how." The last part means "easy."
Dehua: That is 容易(róngyì).
Michael: You can use this phrase to describe something that isn’t easy.
Michael: You can also use ...
Dehua: 很容易 (hěn róngyì)
Michael: ...as an adjective or adverb for something "very easy."
Michael: Can you give us an example using this phrase?
Dehua: Sure. For example, you can say... 要成为百万富翁,谈何容易!(Yào chéngwéi bǎi wàn fùwēng, tánhéróngyì!)
Michael: ...which means "It's not easy to become a millionaire."
Michael: Okay, what's the next phrase?
Dehua: 明天见(míngtiān jiàn)
Michael: meaning "see you tomorrow."
Michael: What can you tell us about this, Dehua?
Dehua: First is 明天(míngtiān).
Michael: This means "tomorrow." The last part is "to see."
Dehua: Yes, 见(jiàn).
Michael: This is a very common parting expression. You can change the day if you’re seeing the person at a different time.
Dehua: For example, 周日见 (zhōu rì jiàn)
Michael: "See you on Sunday." Can you give us an example using this phrase?
Dehua: Sure. For example, you can say... 我先走了,明天见。(Wǒ xiān zǒule, míngtiān jiàn.)
Michael: ... which means "I'm gonna take off now, see you tomorrow."
Michael: Okay, now onto the lesson focus.

Lesson focus

Michael: In this lesson, you'll learn about saying goodbye before going home.
Michael: Let’s start with some expressions you can use before you leave work for the day.
Dehua: 我先走了。(Wǒ xiān zǒule.)
Michael: "I have to go now."
Dehua: 我先回家了。(Wǒ xiān huí jiāle.)
Michael: "I have to go home now."
Dehua: 明天见。 (Míngtiān jiàn.)
Michael: "See you tomorrow."
Dehua: 回见!(Huí jiàn!)
Michael: "See you later!" As we heard in the conversation this time, employees don’t always leave at the same time.
Dehua: No, sometimes people have to work O-T.
Michael: That’s a common abbreviation of "overtime."
Dehua: If you’re leaving but a colleague isn’t, you should say something.
Michael: Yes, it’s nice to show concern for your colleagues. Let’s hear some example sentences.
Dehua: 不要做得太晚了。Bùyào zuò dé tài wǎnle.
Michael: "Don’t work too late."
Dehua: 不要常常加班哦。(Bùyào chángcháng jiābān o.)
Michael: "Don’t work overtime so often."
Dehua: 还有很多工作吗?(Hái yǒu hěnduō gōngzuò ma?)
Michael: "Do you still have much work to do?"
Dehua: 需要帮忙吗? (Xūyào bāngmáng ma?)
Michael: "Do you need help?"
Dehua: 辛苦了。 (Xīnkǔle.)
Michael: "Thanks for your hard work."

Outro

Michael: Okay, that’s all for this lesson. Thank you for listening, everyone, and we’ll see you next time! Bye!
Dehua: 再见!(Zàijiàn!)

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