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Hey guys, today we are going to work on some useful restaurant phrases. We are going to work on the phrase, please pass me that or can I have that. So first, please pass me that or please give me that, 请给我那个(Qǐng gěi wǒ nàge.) You’ve been in Beijing all day, you’ve been going around seeing sites and now it’s 1 o’ clock and man, you are starving. You go to the local noodle shop. It’s 1 o’ clock, so the place is packed. There is people everywhere. You just go and grab an empty seat. In China, it’s totally common to share tables with other people when the restaurant is busy. So you sit down at a table at an empty seat and there are people all around you. You order noodles and the noodles come and now you want some chopsticks but the closest chopsticks are two or three people away. So you turn to the person next to you and you say, can you pass me that or in a second, we will learn chopsticks. So please pass me that 请给我那个(Qǐng gěi wǒ nàge.) The tones are 请(qǐng) it’s normally third tone, the falling rising tone but we’d have 请给我(qǐng gěi wǒ) three third tones in a row. So the first two are going to become second tones, rising tones 请(qíng), second tone, rising tone, 给(géi) second tone, rising tone, 我(wǒ) third tone falling, rising tone, 那(nà) fourth tone, falling tone 那(nà) and 个(ge) has no tone. 请给我那个(Qíng géi wǒ nàge.). Broken down in component by component, it is 请(qíng) please second tone, 请(qíng). 给(géi) to give, second tone, 给(géi). 我(wǒ) I or me, third tone, falling rising tone 我(wǒ). So up until this point, we have please give me. That’s pretty straightforward right and 那个(nà ge) means that, fourth tone and then no tone 那个(nà ge), 请给我那个(Qíng géi wǒ nàge.). Literally, please give me that. Again, pretty straightforward same as English guys. So now that we have this base phrase, please give me, all we have to do is know the word for what we want and we can ask for anything. So now, we are going to try chopsticks. You are in the noodle shop. You want the chopsticks and it’s not really enough to just say that, that, that because there are a lot of things that he could be giving you. In the noodle shop, there will generally be a bunch of chopsticks but there will also be a bottle of soy sauce, some vinegar and some hot pepper. He needs to know which one of these four things you want. So let’s practice saying, please give me chopsticks 请给我筷子(Qíng géi wǒ kuài zi.), chopsticks is 筷子(kuài zi), fourth tone, falling tone and then no tone 筷子(kuài zi). So the phrase is 请给我筷子(Qíng géi wǒ kuài zi.), second tone, second tone, third tone like we said before 请给我筷子(Qíng géi wǒ kuài zi.), fourth tone, no tone, 筷子(kuài zi), 请给我筷子(Qíng géi wǒ kuài zi.), pretty simple, right guys. Please give me chopsticks, please give me chopsticks. The only thing that changed was the noun that we used after please give me. Let’s try it for some of those other things that are on the table. Let’s try soy sauce 酱油(jiàng yóu) fourth tone and then second tone 酱油(jiàng yóu), 请给我酱油(Qíng géi wǒ jiàngyóu.). Please give me soy sauce, 请给我酱油(Qíng géi wǒ jiàngyóu.) Hopefully there are napkins. This is not a guaranteed thing in China. There may be napkins, there may be a roll of toilet paper and well, there may be nothing. Really I recommend that you bring your own napkins everywhere you go and we will save it for another lesson but I am just going to put in a reminder, bring your own toilet paper too.
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!) Please give me that, 请给我那个(Qíng géi wǒ nàge.). Please give me chopsticks, 请给我筷子(Qíng géi wǒ kuàizi.). Please give me soy sauce 请给我酱油(Qíng géi wǒ jiàngyóu.).
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