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What kind of clothes do you like?
What do you typically browse online? Shows, comics, news, or for learning. One of my favorite things to do online is to check out different types of beautiful clothing, also fashionista channels. Today we will learn about clothes related subjects.
大家好！欢迎大家来到Happy School Online学习汉语，俗话说的好，爱美之心人皆有之，我们都喜欢把自己打扮的漂漂亮亮的，特别是女生会去商场买各种各样漂亮的衣服来打扮自己。
Hi Everyone! Welcome to Happy School Online for Chinese learning. As the saying goes, it’s normal to try and look good, we all like to dress pretty and appropriate. Girls especially, would buy all types of beautiful clothes from the mall, to dress up themselves.
So then, how can you express it in Mandarin when shopping at the mall? This lesson, we will learn how to use Chinese to buy clothes, including some clothing types, such as short sleeves, shirt, skirt and etc.
Lets begin, and look at the conversation!
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Li Yu is walking into a shopping mall to buy clothes
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nín hǎo，qǐng wèn nín xū yào shén me？
Hello, how can I help you?
wǒ xiǎng mǎi yī fu，kě wǒ bù zhī dào mǎi shén me yàng de yī fu？
I like to buy some clothes, but I don't know what clothes to buy.
wǒ jué de bǐ qǐ chèn shān、duǎn xiù、niú zǎi kù de dā pèi nín kě néng gèng shì hé qún zi。
Instead of the shirt, short sleeve and jeans pairing, you go with the skirt better.
lián yī qún hái shì duǎn qún bǐ jiào hǎo?
Dress or skirt is better?
nín shì yí xià , duǎn qún dā pèi yí jiàn wèi yī zài jiā shuāng wà zi，huì gèng jiā shí shàng。
Try it on. A short skirt with a pullover and socks will be more stylish.
en，yīng gāi bú cuò，wǒ qù shì chuān yí xià。
Well, that sounds good. I'll try it on.
Alright, after seeing the conversation what do you all think of the difficulty? There should be some degree of difficulties, though to be bale to shop with Chinese, let all focus and listen to my explanations carefully.
一般我们去商场里购物的时候，售货员会很热情的对我们说：“您好，请问您需要什么？” 这里的 “您” 之前我们已经讲过了，是 “你” 的礼貌用语，一般对长辈或者客户会用您，表示一种尊重。“请” 也是礼貌用语，“请问您需要什么” 的意思就是 “how may I help you?"
When we go shopping in the mall, typically the store staff would warmly greet us with: “您好，请问您需要什么？” We have mentioned “您” here before, it’s a polite version of “你”. It’s used for elders or customers, a show of respect. “请” is also a polite expression “请问您需要什么” means, “how may I help you?”
售货员问李玉需要什么之后，李玉说她想衣服，可是不知道买什么样的衣服。的确是这样，我们平时总感觉自己的衣服不够穿，但是去了商场买衣服又怕买错衣服，所以李玉可能才会这样问售货员，“什么样的衣服” 其实指的就是 “什么类型” 的衣服。
After the store staff asked Li what wanted, Li said she wanted to get some clothes but don’t know which to buy. In actuality, we never think we have enough to wear, but also are afraid to pickup some wrong clothes at the mall. This is why Li asked the staff that way. “什么样的衣服” really means “what style of” clothing.
售货员对李玉说 “我觉得比起衬衫、短袖、牛仔裤的搭配您可能更适合裙子。” 衬衫就是shirt 或者blouse，衬衫分为女式衬衫和男式衬衫，还有休闲衬衫和上班时候穿的西装衬衫。说到西装我们不得不提一下 “领带” 这个词语，“领带”的意思就是 “necktie”
Store staff told Li “我觉得比起衬衫、短袖、牛仔裤的搭配您可能更适合裙子” , 衬衫 mean shirt, or blouse. Shirt can separated into woman’s and man’s shirt. There are also casual shirt, and suit shirt for work. Talking about suit, we must mention “领带” , this phrase “领带” means necktie (tie).
“短袖” 就是 “short sleeve”，“牛仔裤” 意思是 “jeans”，“裙子” 分为半身裙和连衣裙，半身裙就是 skirt，连衣裙是 one-piece dress。
“短袖” means “short sleeve”. “牛仔裤” means “jeans”，“裙子” is divided into half skirt and dress, half skirt is skirt, and dress is one-piece dress.
除此之外, 句子中用了一个比较句, “我觉得比起衬衫, 短袖, 牛仔裤的搭配您可能更适合裙子”, 意思是跟 “衬衫, 短袖, 牛仔裤的搭配” 作比较, “裙子” 更加适合你。就是 : 比起 A, 您 更适合 B。
In addition, the earlier sentenced had a comparative phrase, “我觉得比起衬衫, 短袖, 牛仔裤的搭配您可能更适合裙子” is saying, to compared with “衬衫, 短袖, 牛仔裤的搭配”, “裙子” suits you better. Compared with A, B suits you more.
语法是：比起(意思是Compare with) + A (句子中是: 衬衫, 短袖, 牛仔裤的搭配) + 主语 (主语这里是: 您) + 更 (意思是more) + 动词 (动词是 “适合suit”) + B (句子中是: 裙子)。
Grammar: 比起 means compare with + A (In the sentence: shirt, short sleeve, jeans pairing) + subject (subject: you) + 更 ( means more) + 动词 (verb: suits) + B (In the sentence: skirt).
售货员告诉李玉，李玉更适合穿裙子，于是李玉问售货员，短裙还是连衣裙比较好，这句话中有一个词语 “还是”，这个词通常用于 “选择疑问句”当中，询问别人超过一种东西时, 要选择哪一个, 即是 “短裙” 或是 “连衣裙”, 选择哪个比较好？
Store staff told Li that she looked better in skirt, so Li asked the staff whether skirt or dress’s better. There’s a word “还是” in this sentence, this word is usually used for choice based questions. When asking someone to choose one thing out of several, such as whether “短裙” or “连衣裙” which is better?
Actually, we normally agree that a skirt is a short skirt, though there are long dress and short dress. It’s easy to remember and identify.
售货员告诉李玉，短裙更适合她，甚至还给她进行了搭配，因为售货员告诉李玉：短裙搭配卫衣再加上一双袜子会很好看。“卫衣”就是 pullover, 从头顶套下去，可以是帽子的也可以没有帽子的, 袜子是 socks 的意思。顺便说一句，我也觉得这样穿很好看。
Store staff told Li, the skirt suited her better, even proceeded to help stylize, because the staff told Li, skirt plus a pullover, and socks would look great. “卫衣” means pullover, to pull in from the head, it can be with or without a hat. 袜子 means socks. Naturally speaking, that style looks great.
李玉听了售货员的话觉得很不错，她说 : “我去试穿一下”，这里的 “一下” 用在动词后面，表示一次短暂性的动作，“一下” 后面的宾语可以省略，它经常用于口语中。李玉说完，就去试衣间试穿衣服了， “试衣间”的意思是 “fitting room”，而“试穿”的意思就是 “try on”
Li liked what she heard, then said: “我去试穿一下” , here “一下” is used behind the verb, presents a brief action. The object behind “一下”can be avoided, it’s usually used verbally. After expressing, Li went into the fitting room to try on the clothes. “试衣间” means “fitting room”, and “试穿” means to try on.
As Li goes to try on the clothes, the conversation also ends here. Everyone can go over the conversation several more times if it seems a little difficult to understand.
Vocabulary to know
连衣裙 [ lián yī qún ] (n)
zhè shì wǒ zuì xǐ huan de lián yī qún。
This is my favorite dress.
衬衫 [chèn shān ] (n)
nǐ de chèn shān zhēn hǎo kàn。
That's a nice shirt.
牛仔裤 [niú zǎi kù] (n)
zhè tiáo niú zǎi kù tài jiù le。
This pair of jeans is really old.
短裙 [duǎn qún ] (n)
wǒ hěn xǐ huan chuān duǎn qún。
I really like to wear miniskirt.
短袖 [duǎn xiù ] (n)