Homework: shopping and bargaining in Chinese

I was doing my homework today when i realized that it would be a good idea to share it here.

Right now I’m learning some key words about shopping and how to bargain. SO I had to create a dialogue where I try to buy something and then I have to talk about sizes, colors and try to bargain a better price.

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Well, my vocabulary is not much yet.. and I’m still a beginner (please *always* remember that..) and so far, I have only used pinyin. We (teacher and I) have decided to keep focusing on pronunciation and know how chinese structure works before using the characters.  So the whole dialogue is written like that.

Oh, of course, if you know Chinese and want to correct me, please feel free!

Oh², I can only type 2 kinds of tones on my computer (` and´) so since i can’t type them all, I decided to only write the number of the tone by the side of the word (ex: shen2 = shén)

Ok, shall we?

A: Ni3 hao3! Ni3 mai3 shen4 me?

B: Ni3 hao3. Wo3 ke3 yi3 shi4 shi yi1shuang1 xie2 ma?

A: Ke3 yi3, ni3 chuan1 duo1 da4 hao3 de?

B: zhong1 hao3 de. (i choose this cause i don’t know about shoes sizes in chinese..)

A: Hao3 de.

B: Wo3 xiang3 yi1 dianr3 xiao3. You3 dianr3 da4 ma?

A: Hao3 de. Shi4 you4.

B: Wo3 bing4 yao4 yi1shuang1 wa4 zi. Yi3jian4 hei1 de.

A: Hao3 de.

B: Duo1 shao3 qian2?

A: Yi3 gong4 qi1 shi2 kuai4.

B: Tai4 gui4 le! Pian4 yi dianr3 ba?

A: Ni3 shuo1 duo1 shao3 qian2.

B: Liu4 shi2 kuai4 ba?

A: Hao3 de.

B: Xie4 xie. Zhe4 ge yi1 bai3 kuai4.

A: Bu4 ke4 qi. Zhao3 ni3 si4 shi2 kuai4.  Zai4 jian4.

B: Zai4 jian4!


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Comment by Shu on February 9, 2012 at 6:51pm

Hi Indira,

In English, we say "Try again" In Chinese we said " Again try". The word order is different. Generally speaking, you4 --again-- is used to indicate the past repetition of some action, and zai4 is used in future tense to express the meaning of again. If you want to know more about the differences between the usages of you4 and zai4, please go to http://www.chinesetolearn.com/?p=2810

Comment by Indira Santos on February 8, 2012 at 7:15pm

isn't it shi4 = try and you4 =  = again ?

like.. young4= to use and you4 = again? i mean... that's the meaning i found for the words. but yes, correct me if i'm wrong.

Comment by Shu on February 7, 2012 at 10:07am

shi4you4 is try again --- I don't know this usage. A typo?

You can say shi4 yong4 try it or shi4 yi2 shi4 or zai4 shi4 yi2 xia4 try it again

yi shuang is the measure word for a pair, isn't it? --- yes, it is.

Comment by Indira Santos on February 7, 2012 at 1:17am

 shi4you4 is try again

yi shuang is the measure word for a pair, isn't it? well, i guess so. maybe some chinese speaker can help us on this one.. 

Comment by Orachat on February 6, 2012 at 10:11am
Thank you for sharing, your dialogue is great. I aloso a beginner so some questions about vocabs:

What is shi4you4 ?

Yishuang wa zi, yijian he de, is jian for 'one pair'? I know measure word you use with sock is shuang.

Thank you for your time


Comment by Shu on January 29, 2012 at 2:21pm

I am glad to know that :) Have a good weekend to you. Check out this link, you can find some tips on basic Chinese http://www.chinesetolearn.com/?p=1429

Comment by Indira Santos on January 29, 2012 at 1:56am

i  know what you mean shu and i actually started to learn a bit of the characters. the thing is that i was having some hard time with the tones, so we decided to do it that way at this unit, so i would get more comfortable with the new language and then we will get back on the characters. is not that i don't like the characters or anything like that. is just to make it easier for now.


Comment by Shu on January 28, 2012 at 3:16pm

I think it would be good for you to learn the characters and the pinyin at the same time.  Writing Characters is meaningful and also an art. I know there are some people don't like the characters, and only do the pinyin; I don't encourage that though.

Thank you for sharing.

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