Dialogue

Vocabulary

Learn New Words FAST with this Lesson’s Vocab Review List

Get this lesson’s key vocab, their translations and pronunciations. Sign up for your Free Lifetime Account Now and get 7 Days of Premium Access including this feature.

Or sign up using Facebook
Already a Member?

Lesson Notes

Unlock In-Depth Explanations & Exclusive Takeaways with Printable Lesson Notes

Unlock Lesson Notes and Transcripts for every single lesson. Sign Up for a Free Lifetime Account and Get 7 Days of Premium Access.

Or sign up using Facebook
Already a Member?

Lesson Transcript

Start speaking Chinese in minutes and grasp the language, culture and customs in just minutes more with Chinese survival phrases, a completely new way to master the basics of Chinese. To get more Chinese lessons and for free, go to chineseclass101.com and sign up for your free lifetime account. Signing up takes less than a minute and you will find more great lessons just like this one. To get more free Chinese lessons, go to chineseclass101.com
Hey guys, today we are talking about survival tips in China. We are talking about medicine today. How to get medicine, how to deal with health problems you may have in China. We are going to start today with where is the pharmacy. If you want to buy some medicine in China, the first thing you have to do is you have to find a pharmacy. Now medicine in China is divided into western medicine and eastern medicine or Chinese medicine. In pharmacies, there are generally two sections where you can buy medicine. There is one section for western medicine and one section for Chinese medicine. Often times, the Chinese medicine section is much larger than the western medicine section. Well I am not going to say you should not take Chinese medicine. You might want to go with medicine you are more familiar with but at least you will know how to take it. Chinese medicine has lots of complicated methods of taking things and lots of special circumstances under which it’s supposed to work. I am not going to comment on the effectiveness of Chinese medicine. I will just say that sometimes I’ve seen it work and sometimes it’s worked on me. So I don’t know and I am going to stay away from this subject. The way you say pharmacy in Chinese is very straightforward. You say 药店(yào diàn). The word for medicine in Chinese is 药(yào), fourth tone, falling tone, 药(yào), 药店(yào diàn). 店(diàn) means store, it’s also fourth tone, the falling tone. So literally it’s medicine store, 药店(yào diàn), one last time, 药店(yào diàn). So if you want to find out where the pharmacy is, you would say the sentence 药店在哪儿(Yàodiàn zàinǎr?) We’ve gone over this before, this phrase 在哪儿(zài nǎr), it means at where, 在哪儿(zài nǎr), fourth tone and then third tone, 在哪儿(zài nǎr). Remember there is an R at the end of this 哪儿(zài nǎr), so make sure you are getting that, 哪儿(nǎr), 在哪儿(zài nǎr). So 药店在哪儿(Yàodiàn zàinǎr?) Where is the pharmacy, 药店在哪儿(Yàodiàn zàinǎr?) Once you find the pharmacy, you will get in and like I said, it will be split up into two sections, one for western medicine and one for Chinese medicine. Most likely there will be two different counters. Now you can ask them, where is the western medicine? It’s just like where is the pharmacy. You use 在哪儿(zàinǎr), where is, 在哪儿(zàinǎr). This time, you replace pharmacy with another noun, western medicine. In Chinese, the way you say western medicine is 西药(xī yào), the tones for this are first tone and then fourth tone, 西药(xī yào). Literally this means west medicine, 西(xī) means west and 药(yào) means medicine like we’ve said before. So 西药(xī yào). Now if you come in and you want western medicine, you can come in and you can ask them, where is the western medicine, 西药在哪儿(Xī yào zàinǎr?) 大药房(Dà yàofáng) is the name of a very famous chain of pharmacies in China. 大药房(Dà yàofáng), this is fourth tone, fourth tone again and then second tone, 大(dà) fourth tone 药(yào) fourth tone 房(fáng) second tone, 大药房(Dà yàofáng). Literally, 大(dà) means big, 药(yào) means medicine like we said before and 房(fáng) means building, building or house. So 大药房(Dà yàofáng) means big medicine building. Now this story is famous. It’s claimed a fame is that 100% of the medicine in the store is guaranteed to be real medicine. This seems like an odd thing to claim but in China, there is such a huge market and it’s so hard to police it all that there is a lot of shady medicine out there. In 大药房(Dà yàofáng) at least it’s guaranteed to be real. All right guys, now let’s try using that phrase 在哪儿(zàinǎr) with 大药房(Dà yàofáng), so the phrase together would be 大药房在哪儿(Dà yàofáng zàinǎr?) One more time, 大药房在哪儿(Dà yàofáng zàinǎr?)
All right, to close our today’s lesson, we’d like you to practice what we’ve just learned. I will provide you with the English equivalent of a phrase and you are responsible for shouting it out loud. You will have a few seconds before I give you the answer. So 加油(Jiā yóu!) Pharmacy 药店(yào diàn), where is the pharmacy, 药店在哪儿(Yàodiàn zàinǎr?) Where is the western medicine, 西药在哪儿(Xī yào zàinǎr?)
Remember to go to chineseclass101.com and sign up for your free lifetime account. Signing up takes less than 1 minute and you will find more great lessons just like this one. Chinese survival phrases will have you speaking with proper pronunciation and arm you with cultural insights and other information to utterly shock and amaze your friends, teachers, colleagues and the people you meet along the way.

5 Comments

Hide
Please to leave a comment.
😄 😞 😳 😁 😒 😎 😠 😆 😅 😜 😉 😭 😇 😴 😮 😈 ❤️️ 👍

ChineseClass101.com Verified
Monday at 06:30 PM
Pinned Comment
Your comment is awaiting moderation.

Do you have any experience with Chinese medicine?

ChineseClass101.com Verified
Tuesday at 05:48 AM
Your comment is awaiting moderation.

你好 robert groulx,


谢谢 for posting and studying with us. If you have any questions, please let us know.😄


Kind regards,

雷文特 (Levente)

Team ChineseClass101.com

robert groulx
Monday at 11:25 PM
Your comment is awaiting moderation.

thank you for the lesson transcript


favorite phrase is 药店在哪儿(Yàodiàn zàinǎr?)


robert

eugene appel
Monday at 01:14 AM
Your comment is awaiting moderation.

thanks for mailing me my course on" getting started with chinese"

IHave a few quries . How do i sketch the characters in chinese if i have no printer.

I also noticed also that you only sent the cd with out any booklet . this will make my study difficult as i cant carry my computer around and we also experience power outages.

You did not explain in your site how many lessons there are in the whole course and how many cd s you will be sending to us till completion of this course??

LanZi
Tuesday at 11:29 AM
Your comment is awaiting moderation.

People in Guangdong drink the bitter dark smelly Chinese herbal tea regularly for health protection. Kids hate them because it tastes awful but they get used to it when grow up. My parents always ask me to drink herbal tea to put out the fire in my body because young people tend to 上火(shang4 huo3, to have 'fire' inside the body).