Lesson 7 – Set up time (约时间)

Lesson’s Main Characters:

Julie Chen – Teacher, Chinese
Helen Li – Student, American

Conversation Situation:

In this lesson, Julie asks Helen out for a movie, and set up a time to meet up…

Conversation Dialogue:

Julie:
Helen, 周末 一起 去 看电影 怎么样?
Helen, zhōumò yīqǐ qù kàndiànyǐng zěnmeyàng?

Helen:
好, 几点钟?
hǎo jǐdiǎnzhōng?

Julie:
晚上 七点 怎么样?
wǎnshang qīdiǎn zěnmeyàng?

Helen:
好, 七点 可以.
hǎo, qīdiǎn kěyǐ.

Julie:
那 七点钟 见.
nà qīdiǎnzhōng jiàn.

Vocabulary Words:

一起 (yīqǐ): together/ with
去 (qù): to go/ to go to (a place)
几点钟 (jǐdiǎnzhōng): what time/ when
几 (jǐ): How many/how much
点钟 (diǎnzhōng) : o’clock
晚上 (wǎnshang): in the evening
七点 (qīdiǎn): seven o’clock
可以 (kěyǐ): can/ may/ possible/ able to
见(jiàn): meet/ see

Grammar: 去 & Time

1. 去, meaning to go. To indicate an action that is moving away from the speaker, the “去+ verb” construction is used.
For example:
我们一起去看电影.

***Ms. Hou’s reminder:
“一起” is an adverb. Don’t place “一起” after the verb as you do in English.

2. To tell time in Chinese, you need to use the terms, such as 点(钟) and 分。钟 can be omitted in oral and written.
For example:
七点(钟) 7:00
七点十分 7:10

* Please note that to give a more specific time, including evening or morning, the order is from larger to smaller unit.
For example:
晚上七点钟  7 o’clock in the evening.

***Ms. Hou’s reminder:
To say “see you at seven!” in Chinese, we say 七点见!Always place the adverbial terms, such as time terms in front of the verb.

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