Open Class Chinese - Daily Mandarin-

Ask For Directions

If you are going to a Chinese-speaking country, in case you are unable to find a specific place without getting lost, it is important you can ask for directions in Mandarin. Today’s conversation talks about how to ask for directions and how to understand the directions be given.

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Ye Zi cannot find a way to a train station, she meets Jia Ming on the street and asks for directions to take a bus to go there.

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Ask For Directions

帅 哥 …… 不 !

shuài gē …… bù !

Handsome …… No … !

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Ask For Directions

先 生 , 不 好 意 思 , 打 扰 一 下

xiānsheng , bù hǎo yì si , dǎ rǎo yí xià 。

Sir, I am sorry to bother you.

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Ask For Directions

有 什 么 事 吗 ?

yǒu shén me shì ma ?

What is the matter?

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我 想 去 火 车 站

wǒ xiǎng qù huǒ chē zhàn,

I want to go to the train station.

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请 问 可 以 坐 什 么 交 通 工 具 过 去 ?

qǐng wèn kě yǐ zuò shénme jiāo tōng gōng jù guò qù ?

what kind of vehicle can I take here?

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你 可 以 坐 八 号 公 交 车

nǐ kě yǐ zuò bā hào gōng jiāo chē 。

You can take No. 8 bus.

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这 里 公 交 车 站 蛮 的 ,

zhè lǐ lí gōng jiāo chē zhàn mán jìn de ,

It is close to the bus stop,

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坐 公 交 车 去 火 车 站 , 大 约分 钟 就 到 了 。

zuò gōng jiāo chē qù huǒ chē zhàn, dà yuē sān fēn zhōng jiù dào le 。

Just take about 3 minutes to the train station.

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Ask For Directions

非 常 方 便 !

fēi cháng fāng biàn !

very convenient!

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Content

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Vocabulary to know

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打扰 [ dá rǎo ] (v)

Disturb, bother

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不 要 打 扰 我 !

bú yào dá rǎo wǒ !

Don't bother me!

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一下 [ yí xià ] (num)

HSK L2 Unit 4

Used after a verb,indicating an act or an attempt

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你 应 该 休 息 一 下 。

nǐ yīnɡ ɡāi xiū xi yí xià。

You should take a rest.

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想 [ xiǎnɡ ] (mod)

HKS L1 Unit 10

To want, would like

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我 想 再 要 一 杯 咖 啡 。

wǒ xiǎnɡ zài yào yì bēi kā fēi 。

I would like another cup of coffee.

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火车站 [ huǒ chē zhàn ] (n)

Railway station

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火 车 站 在 哪 里 ?

huǒ chē zhàn zài nǎ lǐ ?

Where is the railway station?

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交通工具 [ jiāo tōnɡɡōnɡ jù ] (n)

Vehicle

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你 有 什 么 交 通 工 具 吗 ?

nǐ yǒu shén me jiāo tōnɡ ɡōnɡ jù mɑ ?

What vehicles do you own?

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可以 [ kě yǐ ] (adj)

Can be, may be