10 Lesson 3 Dialogue 2: It’s on me.




Chinese Pinyin English
bái adj., white; can also be used as a surname
máng adj., busy
明天 míng tiān time word, tomorrow
为什么 wèi shén me question word, why
因为 yīn wèi conj., because
可是 kě shì conj., but
zài prep., at, on, in
jiā n., home, family, house
在家 zài jiā prep. phrase, at home
qǐng v., to treat sb. to a meal
hái adv., and also, in addition
喜欢 xǐ huan v., to like
还是 háishì conj., or
gēn prep., with
现在 xiàn zài time word, now
法国 fǎ guó n., France
日本 rì běn n., Japan
好吃 hǎo chī adj., good to taste, delicious
饿 è adj., hungry
wèi preposition, for
一起 yī qǐ adv., together
做饭 zuò fàn v., to cook
ba interjection, put at the end of a sentence to indicate “suggestions”

Grammar Notes:

  1. Affirmative-Negative questions:
    “爱不爱” and “好不好” are similar to how in English we say “Do you love me or not?” or “is it good or not?”. They are called affirmative-negative questions. It is a common way to form questions in Chinese. The structure is “V./Adj. 不  V./Adj.“. For example: if we want to say “Do you like to eat Chinese food”, we can say 你喜欢吃中国菜吗 or 你喜(欢)不喜欢吃中国菜.
  2. The word :
    “请我和我妹妹吃晚饭” means “treat me and my sister to a dinner”. The structure is “ sb. …”. In the middle of the dialogue, there is a sentence: “我请你,还请她”. It means the same as the previous one, except that “sb. …” is more specific than “ sb.”.
    We have learned the other usage of the word : to be polite when making a request. The structure is “ + verb”. For example, 请问 literally “politely ask” means “May I ask…”
  3. Offering choices with 还是
    In the sentence “中国菜还是美国菜”, “还是” is used in Chinese to provide options in a question. This is equivalent to “or” in English. The structure is “Option A 还是 Option B.” When responding to such a question, you can just choose an option, either “Option A” or “Option B.” For example, 你爱我还是他?他。
  4. The preposition
    This word is used to express “for”. The structure is “A + + B + Verb/Adj.”. For example, 我为你做饭 means “I cook for you”. 我们为你高兴 means “We are happy for you.”
  5. The word
    It is often used at the end of a sentence to indicate “suggestion” or “request”. For example,
    我们吃饭吧 means “let’s eat”.
    你说吧 means “You say”.
  6. Compare (hái, also, in addition) with (, too, also):
    These two adverbs are always put before verbs. Both of them mean “also,” butalso means “in addition, additionally”. When using them, note:
    When two clauses share the same subject, we can use either of them. For example, “I like to eat Chinese food and I also like to eat American food.” We can say “我喜欢吃中国菜,也喜欢吃美国菜”. The word in the sentence can be replaced by .

If the two clauses contain two different subjects, we can only use . For instance, “I like to eat Chinese food. My boyfriend also likes to eat Chinese food.” The Chinese is “我喜欢吃中国菜,我男朋友也喜欢吃中国菜。“In this sentence, we cannot use because it doesn’t make sense to say “my boyfriend, in addition, likes to eat Chinese food”.

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