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“EZ Chinese” is a special series on Chinese to Go, which is jointly produced by the Chinese Language Center of Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages and Radio Taiwan International.

 

Episode 48

Characters: Taiwanese friend/German student/French student

 

Where

大八: 明天怡兒的生日派對,是什麼時候啊?

(Míngtiān yírde shēngrì pàiduì, shì shénme shíhòu a?)

Daba: What time is Yier’s birthday party tomorrow?

 

施思: 上午我們就要先開始準備做蛋糕、點心的東西了。

(Shàngwǔ wǒmen jiù yào xiān kāishǐ zhǔnbèi zuò dàngāo, diǎnxīn de dōngxi le.)

Shisi: In the morning we need to start preparing to make the cake and desserts.

 

大八: 武三! 你知道她家在哪裡? 怎麼走嗎?

(Wǔsān! nǐ zhīdào tājiā zài nǎlǐ? zěnme zǒu ma?

Daba: Wusan! Do you know where her house is, and how to get there?

 

武三: 當然知道,我常常去她家玩。

(dāngrān zhīdào, wǒ chángcháng qù tājiā wán.)

Wusan: Of course I know. I frequently visit her house.

 

施思: 我只知道大概在哪裡,可是不知道怎麼走?

(wǒ zhǐ zhīdào dàgài zài nǎlǐ, kěshì bùzhīdào zěnme zǒu?)

Shisi: I have a vague idea of where it is, but don’t know how to get there.

 

武三: 沒關係! 你們約好時間,我可以去捷運站接你們。

(méiguāni! nǐmen yuēhǎo shíjiān, wǒ kěyǐ qù jiéyùn zhàn jiē nǐmen.)

Wusan: That’s all right! You decide on a time, and I’ll go to the MRT station to meet you.

 

大八: 我們約中午見面,先一起去買禮物。

(wǒmen yuē zhōngwǔ jiānmiàn, xiān yìqǐ qù mǎi lǐwù.)

Daba: Shisi and I will meet up at noon, and buy a present together first.

 

施思: 不要跟她說,我們要給她一個驚喜。

(búyào gēn tā shuō, wǒmen yào gěi tā yíge jīngxǐ.)

Shisi: Don’t tell her, we want to give her a surprise.

 

武三: 沒問題! 我不說。那麼下午兩點半碰面,你們覺得怎麼樣?

(méiguānxi! wǒ bù shuō. nàme xiàwǔ liǎngdiǎn bàn pèngmiàn, nǐmen juéde zěnmeyang?)

Wusan: No problem, I won’t tell! Well then, let’s meet up at 2:30 tomorrow afternoon.  How do you feel about that?

 

施思: 兩點半有點趕,三點好不好?

(liǎng diǎn bàn yǒudiǎn gǎn, sāndiǎn hǎo bùhǎo?)

Shisi: 2:30 is a little bit rushed. How about 3:00 o’clock?

 

武三: 好,明天下午三點,我在中央公園捷運站二號出口等你們。

(hǎo, míngtiān xiàwǔ sāndiǎn, wǒ zài zhōngyānggōngyuán jiéyùnzhàn èrhào chūkǒu děng nǐmen.)

Wusan: Sure, tomorrow afternoon at 3:00. I’ll be waiting for you at the #2 exit of the

Central Park MRT station.

 

Vocabulary

 

1.時候 (shíhòu) Time, when

2.上午(shàngwǔ) Morning

3.開始 (kǎishǐ) To start, to begin

4.準備(zhǔnbèi) To prepare

5.大概(dàgài)  About, approximately

6.禮物(lǐwù) Gift, present

7.驚喜 (jīngxǐ) Surprise

8.碰面(pèngmiàn) To meet

9.趕 (gǎn) Hurried, rushed

10.下午(xiàwǔ) Afternoon

11.出口(chūkǒu) Exit