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Eric: Top 25 Chinese Questions You Need to Know - Lesson 12: When is your birthday? in Chinese In each lesson of this 25 part series, you'll master a common question for Chinese learners, and then learn how to answer it like a native. You'll learn how these key phrases work by breaking them down into each component. Then through repetition and new vocabulary, you'll expand your understanding of the question, its answers, and any variations.
In this lesson, you'll learn how to respond to the common question “When is your birthday?” In Chinese this is
Cho: 你的生日是什么时候?
The first word in the question is
Cho: 你的
Eric: meaning “your” in English.
Cho: (Slow, by syllable) 你的
Eric: Listen again and repeat.
Cho: 你的
{Pause}
Eric: This pattern of first introducing a word at natural speed, providing the translation, breaking it down, and then giving it again at natural speed will be repeated throughout the series. Try to speak aloud as often as possible. The next word in the question is
Cho: 生日
Eric: meaning “birthday”
Cho: (Slow, by syllable) 生日
Eric: Now repeat.
Cho: 生日
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 2 words of the question and repeat.
Cho: 你的生日
{pause}
And next
Cho: 是
Eric: meaning “to be”
Cho: (Slow, by syllable) 是
Eric: Now repeat.
Cho: 是
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 3 words of the question and repeat.
Cho: 你的生日是
{pause}
And next
Cho: 什么时候
Eric: meaning “when”, “what time”
Cho: (Slow, by syllable) 什么时候
Eric: Now repeat.
Cho: 什么时候
Listen to the entire question and repeat.
Cho: 你的生日是什么时候?
{pause}
Eric: It literally means “Your birthday is when?”
Eric: You will hear this common question again and again throughout your studies. Master the following pattern and responses to the question “When is your birthday?”
Cho: 八月二十二号.
Eric: "It's August 22nd.” Again, slowly. Repeat the phrase.
Cho: (Slow) 八月二十二号。
{pause}
Eric: Let's break it down from the beginning. The first word:
Cho: 八月
Eric: means “August.”
Cho: (Slow, by syllable) 八月
Eric: Now repeat
Cho: 八月
{Pause}
Eric: Next is
Cho: 二十二
meaning “twenty-two (22).”
Cho: (Slow, by syllable) 二十二
Eric:Now repeat.
Cho: 二十二
{Pause}
Eric: And after that
Cho: 号
Eric: the word used after a date
Cho: (Slow, by syllable) 号
Eric:Now repeat.
Cho: 号
{Pause}
Eric: Listen to the speaker say, It's August 22nd., and then repeat.
Cho: 八月二十二号。
{pause}
Eric: If it’s March 9th, you can say..
Cho: 三月九号
Eric: March 9th.
Cho: (slow) 三月九号 (regular) 三月九号
Eric: Let's break it down from the beginning. The first word:
Cho: 三月
Eric: means “March”
Cho: (Slow, by syllable) 三月
Eric: Now repeat
Cho: 三月
{Pause}
Eric: And next
Cho: 九号
meaning “9th” or “9th day.”
Cho: (Slow, by syllable) 九号
Eric:Now repeat.
Cho: 九号
{Pause}
Eric: Listen to the speaker say, “It’s March 9th.” and then repeat.
Cho: 三月九号
{pause}
Eric: If it’s December 22nd, you can say..
Cho: 十二月二十二号
Eric: December 22nd.
Cho: (slow) 十二月二十二号 (regular) 十二月二十二号
Eric: Let's break it down from the beginning. The first word:
Cho: 十二月
Eric: means “December”
Cho: (Slow, by syllable) 十二月
Eric: Now repeat
Cho: 十二月
{Pause}
Eric: And next
Cho: 二十二号
meaning “22nd” or “22nd day.”
Cho: (Slow, by syllable) 二十二号
Eric:Now repeat.
Cho: 二十二号
{Pause}
Eric: Listen to the speaker say, “It’s December 22nd.” and then repeat.
Cho: 十二月二十二号
{pause}
Eric: If it’s January 19th, you can say..
Cho: 一月十九号
Eric: January 19th.
Cho: (slow) 一月十九号 (regular) 一月十九号
Eric: Let's break it down from the beginning. The first word:
Cho: 一月
Eric: meaning “January”
Cho: (Slow, by syllable) 一月
Eric: Now repeat
Cho: 一月
{Pause}
Eric: And next
Cho: 十九号
meaning “19th” or “19th day.”
Cho: (Slow, by syllable) 十九号
Eric:Now repeat.
Cho: 十九号
{Pause}
Eric: Listen to the speaker say, “It’s January 19th.” and then repeat.
Cho: 一月十九号
{pause}
Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you are visiting China and someone asks you when your birthday is. Your birthday is August 22nd. Respond to the question.
Cho: 你的生日是什么时候? (five seconds) 八月二十二号。
Eric: Imagine your birthday is March 9th. Respond to the question.
Cho: 你的生日是什么时候? (five seconds) 三月九号。
Eric: Now, imagine your birthday is December 22nd. Answer the speaker's question.
Cho: 你的生日是什么时候? (five seconds) 十二月二十二号。
Eric: Imagine your birthday is January 19th. Respond to the question.
Cho: 你的生日是什么时候? (five seconds) 一月十九号。
Eric: You want to ask someone when their birthday is. Ask the question.
(5 seconds)
Cho: 你的生日是什么时候?
{pause}
Eric: Now it's time to answer the question with actual information about yourself.
Cho: 你的生日是什么时候?
{pause}
Eric: This is the end of Lesson 12

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Monday at 06:30 PM
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Hi Listeners! When is your birthday? Try to answer in Chinese!

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Tuesday at 05:21 PM
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你好 robert groulx!


不用谢。(Bú yòng xiè.) = No need for thanks. You're welcome. 😇


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robert groulx
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thank you for the lesson transcript


favorite phrase is 你的生日是什么时候?


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Steven
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July 10th 七月十日