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Hi everyone! I’m Alisha.
Welcome to Conversational Phrases!
We’ve found that the best way to learn a language is to speak it from day one! And the best way to start speaking is to learn phrases that you’ll use in real conversations.
In this lesson, you’ll learn conversational phrases to answer the question, "What are you doing during the holiday?" After watching this video, you’ll be able to talk about your holiday plans.
Now, let’s take a look at some conversational phrases!
Listen to the dialogue.
你春节会做什么? (Nǐ chūnjié huì zuò shénme?)
我打算去海边。 (Wǒ dǎsuàn qù hǎibiān.)
Once more with the English translation.
你春节会做什么? (Nǐ chūnjié huì zuò shénme?)
“What are you doing for Spring Festival?”
我打算去海边。 (Wǒ dǎsuàn qù hǎibiān.)
“I'm planning to go to the beach.”
First of all you'll need to learn how to say “What are you doing for Spring Festival?”
That's:
你春节会做什么? (Nǐ chūnjié huì zuò shénme?)
The Spring Festival is marks the new year, according to the traditional Chinese calendar.
Listen to it again:
你春节会做什么?, 你春节会做什么? (Nǐ chūnjié huì zuò shénme?, Nǐ chūnjié huì zuò shénme?)
This Chinese sentence literally translates as “You Spring Festival will do what?” But it means “What are you doing for Spring Festival?".
Now, how do you answer this question?
The pattern is:
我打算[plan]。 (Wǒ dǎsuàn [plan].)
“I’m planning to [plan].”
For example:
“I'm planning to go to the beach.”
我打算去海边。, 我打算去海边。 (Wǒ dǎsuàn qù hǎibiān., Wǒ dǎsuàn qù hǎibiān.)

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Can you tell us your holiday plans in Chinese?