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Eric: Top 25 Chinese Questions You Need to Know - Lesson 8: Can you eat Chinese food? 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 “Can you eat Chinese food?” In Chinese this is
Cho: 你会吃中国菜吗?
The first word in the question is
Cho: 你
Eric: meaning “you” in English.
Cho: (Slow, by syllable) 你
Eric: Listen again and repeat.
Cho: 你
{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: 会
Eric: meaning “can”
Cho: (Slow, by syllable) 会
Eric: Now repeat.
Cho: 会
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 2 words of the question and repeat.
Cho: 你会
{pause}
And after that
Cho: 吃
Eric: meaning “to eat”
Cho: (Slow, by syllable) 吃
Eric: Now repeat.
Cho: 吃
{Pause}
Listen to the first 3 words of the question and repeat.
Cho: 你会吃
After that
Cho: 中国菜
Eric: meaning “Chinese food”
Cho: (Slow, by syllable) 中国菜
Eric: Now repeat.
Cho: 中国菜
{Pause}
Listen to the first 4 words of the question and repeat.
Cho:你会吃中国菜
{pause}
And after that
Cho: 吗
Eric: A particle indicating a yes-or-no question
Cho: (Slow, by syllable) 吗
Eric: Now repeat.
Cho: 吗
{Pause}
Listen to the entire question and repeat.
Cho: 你会吃中国菜吗?
Eric: You will hear this common question again and again throughout your studies. Master the following pattern and responses to the question “Can you eat Chinese food?”
Cho: 会吃, 很好吃。
Eric: "Yes. It's delicious.” Again, slowly. Repeat the phrase.
Cho: (Slow) 会吃,很好吃。
{pause}
Eric: Let's break it down from the beginning. The first word:
Cho: 会吃
Eric: means “to be able to eat.”
Cho: (Slow, by syllable) 会吃
Eric: Now repeat
Cho: 会吃
{Pause}
Eric: And next
Cho: 很
meaning something like “very; quite; fairly.”
Cho: (Slow, by syllable) 很
Eric:Now repeat.
Cho: 很
{Pause}
Eric: And next
Cho: 好吃
meaning “delicious”; “tasty.”
Cho: (Slow, by syllable) 好吃
Eric:Now repeat.
Cho: 好吃
{Pause}
Eric: Listen to the speaker say, “Yes, it's delicious.”, and then repeat.
Cho: 会吃,很好吃。
{pause}
Eric: To use a different phrase, replace “delicious” with “pretty good”
Cho: 挺好吃的.
Eric: pretty good
Cho: (slow) 挺好吃的(regular) 挺好吃的
Eric: Listen to the phrase again, this time with “pretty good”
Cho: 会吃, 挺好吃的。
Eric: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace “delicious” with “pretty good.” Say “ Yes, it’s pretty good.”
{pause}
Cho: 会吃,挺好吃的。
Eric: To expand on the pattern, replace “pretty good” with “the flavor is good”
Cho: 味道很好
Eric: the flavor is good
Cho: (slow) 味道很好 (regular) 味道很好
Eric: Listen to the phrase again, this time with “the flavor is good”
Cho: 会吃, 味道很好。
Eric: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace “pretty good” with “the flavor is good” Say “Yes, the flavor is good.”
{pause}
Cho: 会吃,味道很好。
To say "no", in a simple way, just say:
Cho: 不吃。
Eric: Which is like saying “No, I can't eat it.” in English. Let's hear it slowly.
Cho: (Slowly) 不吃。
Eric: And one more time at normal speed:
Cho: 不吃。
Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you are visiting China and someone asks if you can eat Chinese food. You want to answer that it is delicious. Respond to the question.
Cho: 你会吃吃中国菜吗? (five seconds) 会吃,很好吃。
Eric: Now, you want to say that it's pretty good . Answer the speaker's question.
Cho: 你会吃吃中国菜吗? (five seconds) 会吃,挺好吃的。
Eric: Now, you want to say the flavor is good. Respond to the question.
Cho: 你会吃吃中国菜吗? (five seconds) 会吃,味道很好。
Eric: Now you want to ask someone if they can eat Chinese food. Ask the question
(5 seconds)
Cho: 你会吃中国菜吗?
{pause}
Eric: Now it's time to answer the question with actual information about yourself.
Cho: 你会吃中国菜吗?
{pause}
Eric: This is the end of Lesson 8

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Monday at 06:30 PM
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Try to answer the question 'Can you eat Chinese food?' in Chinese!

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Thursday at 10:56 PM
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你好 robert groulx!


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


谢谢 (Xièxie) for studying with us, it's great to have you here!


Let us know if you have any questions.


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robert groulx
Wednesday at 10:36 PM
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thank you for the lesson transcript


favorite phrase is 会吃, 挺好吃的。


robert

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Thursday at 02:35 PM
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Hello Raul,


Thank you for your comment.


Both are correct. The dao in wèidao carries the neutral tone, meaning it is not stressed when we speak it. It is just like when we speak naturally, not every syllable is stressed.


Let us know if you have any questions.


Ngai Lam

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Raul
Thursday at 02:43 AM
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味道 is transliterated as wèidào in my dictionary, instead of wèidao as shown here....which is right???

Steven
Thursday at 05:17 AM
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Yes 我可以

Steven
Wednesday at 08:10 PM
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Yes 是的