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Today we are going to work on two very useful phrases. One is something you might need to use if there is a mistake, if something is wrong. Then, second is something you will probably hear a lot when you are not allowed to do something but before we do this, I am going to introduce one important word first. The word is 不(bù), it’s fourth tone, the falling tone, 不(bù). This word means no. It can also mean not but. Literally it means no, 不(bù). Now we are going to use this to make two phrases today. The first phrase is 不对(bú duì). When 不(bù) is placed in front of another fourth tone, it’s tone changes and it becomes a second tone. So here 对(duì) is fourth tone. So 不(bù) becomes second tone, 不对(bú duì). 对(duì) means correct or right. So 不对(bú duì) means not correct, not right, 不对(bú duì). You can say this if someone makes a mistake or someone says something about you that is not right. It can also be used as a no in response to a question like, are you American? No that is wrong, 不对(bú duì). No, 不对(bú duì). But also it can be used to indicate a mistake or something else that is wrong. That is wrong, 不对(bú duì). The other phrase is 不行(bù xíng). 行(xíng) means okay. So 不行(bù xíng) means not okay. When you are not allowed to do something, when something is off limits, people will say 不行(bù xíng). So you try to go somewhere and you are not allowed to go there, people go, 不行(bù xíng), it means not okay. 行(xíng) is second tone, the rising tone and 不(bù) is fourth tone like we said before. So 不行(bù xíng).
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!) No, 不(bù), incorrect, not right, 不对(bú duì), not okay, 不行(bù xíng).
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Monday at 06:30 PM
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In what situations do you think you can use this phrase?

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Tuesday at 02:27 AM
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你好 robert groulx,


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robert groulx
Tuesday at 01:29 AM
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thank you for the lesson transcript


in negotiation, 不对(bú duì), not okay,


robert

zhouli
Wednesday at 10:34 AM
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@careyxxx,

interesting...

zhouli
Wednesday at 10:29 AM
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@kimiik,

hehe, this is really a useful phrase....

careyxxx
Wednesday at 03:36 AM
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My Chinese language teacher said that in Classical Chinese "nuo" means "yes". That is why there are so many Chinese people in the world.

kimiik
Tuesday at 05:14 PM
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This lesson forgot to remind beginners that in chinese you insist by saying 不不不不 not Buuuuuuuuuuuuu. :smile:

student
Tuesday at 02:23 PM
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Hi Amber!! Your wonderful comment just made up for the awful lesson!! :smile:


Please don't ever chineseclass101 !! :)

Amber
Tuesday at 06:59 AM
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hi student,


It sounds like the survival phrases (being for absolute beginners to Chinese) might be a little below your level. You might want to try sticking with the beginner and elementary lessons in the future if you feel frustrated by the content here being too basic. Sorry that you didn't like the lesson!

student
Monday at 10:54 PM
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I didn't like this lesson. The actuall lesson (minus the intro song and Amber's intro) was less than three minutes. Much of that time was "falling tone, rising tone, falling tone , rising tone"


Sorry, this lesson was just plain horrible