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Broadcast dates: 2014-09-25 00:00:00 Host: Huang Shih-han
Conversation

Broadcast date: September 25, 2014

Host: Huang Shih-han

 

Conversation

 

A: 教師節要到了,

jiào shī jié yào dào le

(Literally: Teacher’s Day will arrive.)

Teacher’s Day is coming.

 

我們要不要送女兒老師禮物?

wǒ men yào bú yào sòng nǚ ér lǎo shī lǐ wù

(Literally: We want not want to give daughter teacher gift?)

Should we give our daughter’s teacher a gift?

 

B: 去年送過水果禮盒,

qù nián sòng guò shuǐ guǒ lǐ hé

(Literally: Last year gave fruit gift box.)

We gave [the teacher] a fruit gift set.

 

可是老師堅持不收,

kě shì lǎo shī jiān chí bù shōu

(Literally: But teacher insisted not accept.)

But [she] insisted on turning it down.

 

今年就算了吧。

jīn nián jiù suàn le ba

(Literally: This year forget about it.)

so let’s forget about it this year.

 

A: 不行啦,還是要表示一點心意。

bù xíng la,hái shì yào biǎo shì yī/yì diǎn xīn yì

(Literally: No, still have to show a bit heart intention.)

No, we should still show our appreciation.

 

Vocabulary

 

教師節 jiào shī jié

Teacher’s Day

 

教師 jiào shī

(more formal ) teacher

 

節 jié

festival

 

要 yào

1)    to be going to

2)    to have to

 

到 dào

to arrive

 

我們 wǒ men

we; us

 

要不要 yào bú yào

to want to or not

 

送 sòng

to give as a present

 

女兒 nǚ ér

daughter

 

兒子 ér zi

son

 

老師 lǎo shī

teacher

 

禮物 lǐ wù

present

 

去年 qù nián

last year

 

過 guò

a particle indicating that the action has been completed

 

水果 shuǐ guǒ

fruit

 

禮盒 lǐ hé

gift box

 

可是 kě shì

but

 

堅持 jiān chí

to insist

 

不 bù/bú

no; not

 

收 shōu

to accept

 

今年 jīn nián

this year

 

就 jiù

a character used to indicate that the action follows the previous action

 

算了 suàn le

to forget about something; to give up

 

不行 bù xíng

no (because it’s inappropriate or because this is something that one should not do)

 

還是 hái shì

still

 

表示 biǎo shì

to show

 

一點 yī/yì diǎn

a bit

 

心意 xīn yì

(literally “heart intention”) feelings of appreciation