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Amber: Hi everybody! Welcome back to ChineseClass101. I’m Amber.
Victor: And I’m Victor. Dajia hao.
Amber: And we are now on China soil!
Victor: Yes, our lesson today takes place in China!
Amber: Finally! Well not us anyway, but our dialogue friends, Maike and Lili.
Victor: Close enough!
Amber: So last lesson, we got up to speed on whats going on in China… The temperature
Victor: Qi wen
Amber: The time
Victor: 3 dian
Amber: The day of the week
Victor: Xingqi si.
Amber: So it’s exciting times for our traveler Maike, and us. But there’s also a little drama… because our conversation partners must part.
Victor: Yes.
Amber: Let’s hear how Goodbye sounds for our two friends. Will they keep in touch? Will Maike be brave enough to ask for her number?
Victor: Let’s see…
Mike: 今天很高兴见到你。
Lili: 我也是。
Mike: 这是我的名片,上面有我的电话号码和电子邮箱地址。
Lili: 谢谢,这是我的名片。
Mike: 谢谢,保持联系。
Lili: 再见。
English Host: Let’s hear the conversation one time slowly.
Mike: 今天很高兴见到你。
Lili: 我也是。
Mike: 这是我的名片,上面有我的电话号码和电子邮箱地址。
Lili: 谢谢,这是我的名片。
Mike: 谢谢,保持联系。
Lili: 再见。
English Host: Now let’s hear it with the English translation.
Mike: 今天很高兴见到你。
Amber: It was really nice to meet you today.
Lili: 我也是。
Amber: You too.
Mike: 这是我的名片,上面有我的电话号码和电子邮箱地址。
Amber: This is my business card. My telephone number and email address are on it.
Lili: 谢谢,这是我的名片。
Amber: Thanks. This is my business card.
Mike: 谢谢,保持联系。
Amber: Thanks. Keep in touch.
Lili: 再见。
Amber: Goodbye.
Victor: Yes, In China, giving out name cards or business cards is very common.
Amber: Yes, generally everyone has one. It is customary when meeting a person to exchange business cards.
Victor: And there is an important cultural note. The card is presented with both hands, held out to the person with the information facing them.
Amber: Yes, and when you In turn, when receiving a business card, one must accept it with both hands, look at the information upon it, and then only put away into an appropriate place.
Vocabulary and Phrases
Amber: Let's take a look at the vocabulary for this lesson.
: The first word we shall see is:
Victor: 今天 [natural native speed]
Amber: today
Victor: 今天 [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Victor: 今天 [natural native speed]
: Next:
Victor: 高兴 [natural native speed]
Amber: happy
Victor: 高兴 [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Victor: 高兴 [natural native speed]
: Next:
Victor: 见到 [natural native speed]
Amber: to see
Victor: 见到 [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Victor: 见到 [natural native speed]
: Next:
Victor: 也 [natural native speed]
Amber: also, too
Victor: 也 [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Victor: 也 [natural native speed]
: Next:
Victor: 这 [natural native speed]
Amber: this
Victor: 这 [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Victor: 这 [natural native speed]
: Next:
Victor: 名片 [natural native speed]
Amber: name card, business card
Victor: 名片 [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Victor: 名片 [natural native speed]
: Next:
Victor: 上面 [natural native speed]
Amber: on the top
Victor: 上面 [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Victor: 上面 [natural native speed]
: Next:
Victor: 有 [natural native speed]
Amber: to have
Victor: 有 [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Victor: 有 [natural native speed]
: Next:
Victor: 电话号码 [natural native speed]
Amber: telephone number
Victor: 电话号码 [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Victor: 电话号码 [natural native speed]
: Next:
Victor: 和 [natural native speed]
Amber: and, with
Victor: 和 [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Victor: 和 [natural native speed]
: Next:
Victor: 电子邮箱地址 [natural native speed]
Amber: email address
Victor: 电子邮箱地址 [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Victor: 电子邮箱地址 [natural native speed]
: Next:
Victor: 保持联系 [natural native speed]
Amber: keep in touch
Victor: 保持联系 [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Victor: 保持联系 [natural native speed]
: Next:
Victor: 再见 [natural native speed]
Amber: good bye
Victor: 再见 [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Victor: 再见 [natural native speed]
Amber: Let's have a closer look at the usuage for some of the words and phrases from this lesson.
Victor: The first word/phrase we’ll look at is....
Victor: Well we heard something slightly familiar.
Amber: Yes, previously we know when they first met, they said 'nice to meet you'.
Victor: Hen gaoxing renshi ni.
Amber: Now Mike, gentleman that he is, reiterates
Victor: Yes he says, Jintian, hen gaoxing jiandao ni.
Amber: Why renshi before and jiandao now?
Victor: Well both are used quite interchangeably, however jiandao has more of the feeling of 'to see you', whereas 'renshi' is 'to know' you.
Amber: And, the response...
Victor: Lili says 'wo ye shi'.
Amber: "Me too!!!' yay!
Victor: So on a related note, after meeting someone, there is another important Chinese phrase. 保持联系 (bǎochí liánxì)
Amber: Keep in touch!

Lesson focus

Victor: So now, from Mike's attempt at getting Lili's number, we're going to learn some valuable grammar!
Amber: Yes, he starts with a very innocuous seeming casual pass of the business card.
Victor: Yes, he says
Amber: OK there are some great words to learn here.
Victor: Yep. Lets start with the end.
Amber: Yes, the crux of this sentence. the name card! or business card--however you call it.
Victor: 名片 (2nd tone 4th tone)
Amber: Now here is something you cannot live without in China. A名片.
Victor: a name card. Actually ming means ‘name’… so it makes sense.
Amber: What about the rest of the sentence? First he says
Victor: 这是
Amber: 这 means ‘this’ 是 of course means ‘to be’. So ‘This is’
Victor: then 我的
Amber: OK great so we know 我 of course is ‘me’ or ‘I’. but what about 'my'. the possessive pronoun in Chinese?
Victor: Well to to make the possessive in chinese you just add the 的 to the personal pronoun. That makes it ‘my’.
Victor: That easy!
Amber: Yes so whether its ‘my’ mingpian – wo de mingpian, or 'your mingpian'
Victor: Ni de mingpian
Amber: Or my dad’s mingpian
Victor: Baba de mingpian
Amber: the ‘de’ makes it possessive.
Victor: 这是我的名片.
Amber: But what else must he do… very important!!!
Victor: Chinese culture moment!
Amber: He must give it to her with two hands. And this is no small feat you know, he’s probably juggling 4 suitcases and stuff.
Victor: Now Maike doesn't stop here, oh no.
Amber: No. He wants to actually bring up 'phone numbers' and 'email addresses' and stuff.
Victor: So he tells her
Amber: So, last lesson we learned the verb 'to have'. you, to express possession. but we promised there were other 'yous'. this is one of them.
Victor: When the subject is a location, 有 (yǒu) is used to indicate existence.
Amber: So in this sentence, our location is 'Shàngmian'
Victor: Yes so we have shangmian which means 'on' then 'you'
Amber: Which in this case means 'there is'. Yes so on my name card there is what?
Victor: 我的
Amber: 'my'
Victor: now there are 2 things. what would you expect to be on a business card amber, guess.
Amber: uh, phone number...
Victor: Yes, 电话号码
Amber: and...
Victor: and in chinese is 和
Amber: email address maybe?
Victor: yes. 电子邮箱地址。
Amber: Wo de dianhua hao ma!
Victor: Dianhua (4th 4th) means telephone. Haoma means number (4th tone 2nd tone)
Amber: And we just learned ‘wo de’ means ‘my’
Victor: So all together
Amber: so the card has maike’s phone number, and.. wait a minute how did they say ‘and’??
Victor: 和 (2nd tone)
Amber: OK so the dianhua hao ma. Which is a pretty long way to say phone number. But hey no one said it would be easy getting a girl’s phone number!!
OK now here’s the real long-y….
Victor: oh yeah. The dreaded ‘email address’.
Amber: Let us have it, *.
Victor: 电子邮箱地址。
Amber: Dear god, did they have to make it so long???
Victor: Don’t fear amber! We will break it down.
Amber: Yes, but still!
Victor: OK lets start at the end. Because this is a great word that applies to other things too!
Amber: So at the end we hear
Victor: 地址 (4th tone 3rd tone)
Amber: which means ‘address’. As in, email address, even home address!
Victor: Exactly. Very useful!
Amber: now what makes it into ‘email address’?
Victor: what comes in front of the 地址 is ‘电子邮箱’
Amber: So 电子 is 4th tone neutral tone, and I know the word dian4 means ‘electric’
Victor: yes so 电子 means ‘electronic’
Amber: Oh yeah you’ll see that character on the outside of a lot of shops in china. Electric shops.
Victor: Yeah, and the second part also makes total sense
Amber; Yes perfect sense, because it means mailbox! You xiang.
Victor: So altogether … ready?
Amber; Let me say it in English first: electronic mailbox address
Victor: (slowly) 电子 邮箱 地址
Amber: Long, but a great thing to remember. Because not only do you learn the word for email address… you learn 3 words in one!
Victor: 电子邮箱地址
Amber: and 电话号码.
Victor: Phone number.
Amber: OK so here’s the routine. Both hands… hold out card
Victor: 上面有
Amber: ‘On it there is…’
Victor: 我的电话号码
Amber: My phone number
Victor: 和
Amber: and
Victor: 电子邮箱地址。
Amber: email address!
Victor: A little long… but once you get it down, you can do this one over and over again in china.
Amber: OK after allllll that effort… I mean how can she say no. she’s definitely not going to make him go and ask her for her card now.
Victor: No, that would take too long.
Amber: Yes so she says
Victor: 谢谢,这是我的名片。
Amber: Ah… nice and simple!
Amber: OK well we’ve learned a lot so far. But we must stay tuned! The adventure has just begun!
Victor: Yes, because Maike is about to enter ‘the real world’
Amber: In Chinese! And we’re here to learn along with him.
Victor: So, see you next time!
Amber: That just about does it for today.
Amber: Testing yourself is one of the most effective ways to learn.
Victor: That's why we have 3 types of quizzes.
Amber: Vocabulary, grammar, and content specific.
Victor: Each quiz targets specific skill...
Amber: And together these quizzes will help you
master several fundamental skills. :
Victor: You can find them in the learning center at
Amber: ChineseClass101.com


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你好 robert groulx!

谢谢 for commenting. We are very happy to have you here. Let us know if you have any questions.

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robert groulx
Tuesday at 12:22 AM
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thank you or the lesson transcript

favorite phrase is 谢谢,这是我的名片。


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Saturday at 05:12 AM
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Hi Tara

Thanks very much for your post.

Victor's explanation about 系 in 保持联系 is right. This is one of the unwritten rules of tone variation (but not 100%). 系 has to be voiced softer here, or say it has a neutral tone here. In case the speaker would like to emphasize 保持联系, he could very possibly voice 系 with its normal tone.

In another context, 外语系,系 has its normal tone.

A similar example, 白 in 明白 almost has a 4th tone, or a softer tone.

Thanks for learning with us.


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Tuesday at 05:30 AM
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if you're looking specifically to be able to write Chinese characters, in the control panel, under language and region settings, you can add simplified Chinese to the available Windows languages and choose a keyboard layout that corresponds to pinyin character input. If you're specifically looking to be able to write the pinyin itself (as in nǐhǎo), I recommend a program called pinyinput (https://www.pinyinput.net/). It's really great, and doesn't cost anything, but they accept donations...I donated $5 for it. When you install it, install it as an English keyboard, rather than a Chinese keyboard, I read that there is an issue when you install it as a Chinese language keyboard.


in the lesson audio, Victor says that the 系 in 保持联系 is the neutral tone, but both the lesson notes and dictionary.writtenchinese.org say it's fourth tone. Can you clarify?

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Saturday at 01:37 PM
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Hi Amber,

Really the dialogue is a little bit fast, but it's still the native speaking speed.

The fast version is good for listening training.

Hope you can get used to it soon.


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Amber G.
Friday at 05:30 AM
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The dialogue is really fast for this lesson. Is this the natural or native speaking speed?

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Thursday at 11:25 AM
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Hi Chris,

Google Translate does a pretty good job :sunglasses:

Choose Chinese, and on lower left corner of text box you can choose pinyin input "拼" (ref: http://screencast.com/t/qeib2VqkCf5m)

Hope it is helpful for you :smile:


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Wednesday at 01:59 AM
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Ni hao, Wo qingwen ni men.... can someone recommend a good pinyin input program that works with windows 8 , I had a one for my last puter but it died and the same program does not work for Windows 8.

Xiexie nimen

Monday at 11:19 PM
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I just realized that email address in Chinese is 电子邮箱地址 (dianzi youxiang dizhi), however sometimes it is mentioned as 电信 (dianxin).

Is it correct? Please advise.