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Taiwanese Mandarin Survival Phrases Lesson 9: Please Say it Once Again
In this lesson, you will learn how to ask "Can you say it again?"
In Chinese, the phrase is 請再說一遍(Qǐng zài shuō yībiàn).
Let’s break it down by tone:
請(qǐng) is in third tone.
再(zài) is in fourth tone.
說(shuō) is in first tone.
一(yī) is in first tone.
遍(biàn) is in fourth tone.
Take note that 一(yī) has special pronunciation rules, so 一遍(yí biàn) should be pronounced yí biàn.
Now, let’s break it down by meaning:
請(qǐng) means "please."
再(zài) means "again."
說(shuō) means "to say."
一(yī) means "one."
遍(biàn) means "once through.”
Literally, the phrase translates to "Please again say once more," but can be translated as “Can you say it again please?”
Altogether, we have 請再說一遍(Qǐng zài shuō yībiàn).
Listen again, one more time, slowly:
[Slow] 請再說一遍(Qǐng zài shuō yībiàn).
[Normal] 請再說一遍(Qǐng zài shuō yībiàn).
When using the phrase 請再說一遍(Qǐng zài shuō yībiàn), you might also need to say, "slowly please".
In Chinese, “slowly please” is 請慢一點(Qǐng màn yīdiǎn).
Let’s break it down by tone:
請(qǐng) is in third tone again.
慢(màn) is in fourth tone.
一(yī) is in first tone.
點(diǎn) is in third tone.
Remember that 一(yī) has special pronunciation rules, so 一點(yì diǎn) is pronounced as yì diǎn. When you have 一(yī) before a non-fourth tone, its pronunciation will become fourth tone.
Let’s break it down by meaning:
請(qǐng) means "please."
慢(màn) means "slow."
一點(yìdiǎn) means "a little bit".
Literally, the phrase translates as: "Please slow a little bit,” but translates as “Slowly please” in English.
Altogether, we have 請慢一點(Qǐng màn yìdiǎn).
Listen again, one more time, slowly:
[Slow] 請慢一點(Qǐng màn yìdiǎn).
[Normal] 請慢一點(Qǐng màn yìdiǎn).

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When in doubt, do you usually ask people to immediately repeat what they have just said, or first try to grasp the meaning from the situation?