Intermediate - Traditional Chinese Medicine
Ken: Hello, welcome to ChinesePod from Shanghai, China, bringing you lessons in spoken Chinese. Today's lesson, what level are we doing today Jenny？ Please tell...
Jenny: We are doing the intermediate level
Ken: 好, 好
Ken: And I think that we have a little bit of advice, a very common piece of advice that you will hear in China, um...
Ken: About if you don't feel well...very simple piece of advice. But anyway, 那么我们开始好吗？
Jenny: Yeah, if you don't order...you know when you go out to eat. If you don't order cold drinks
Jenny: There's always going to be warm tea
Ken: Yes, that's right. Or even water if somebody says to you, you know, maybe you're in a meeting, would like some water, you say 'yeah', they'll give you hot water
Jenny: Hot water...or warm water
Ken: Which is to say tradition here, you know. There's no tradition of drinking ice cold drinks anyway. Oh, I do think its time for us to start our dialogue though, isn't it?
Jenny: Yeah, to listen to it one more time
Jenny: Ken, 有用吗？这个建议
Ken: 啊， 我觉得有用
Jenny: 很简单， 对
Jenny: 但是我们说的这个就是关键在于，啊, 积累 － ‘to accumulate’
Jenny: 对吧？ 你没天做一点很少的事，最后这个效果【事】非常好的
Ken: 对啊，Now there's some really interesting lexical patterns here that we can look at. The first one is 'I always see you drinking water'
Ken: In English we say always, right? In Chinese you use this phrase...
Jenny: 老， 老看见
Ken: 老看见，means I have seen you for some time
Jenny: 对，我觉得你这个翻译的非常好啊，for some time, 这个老有那种【年纪】大的意思也有就是很长一段时间这个意思
Jenny: 所以我老看见你喝热水就是【未经】很【长】一端时间, 看见你喝热水了
Jenny: 对不对？【像】我们有一个我们的【制作】Producer Eric 他说。。。
Ken: That's right. I had the same experience. Um, you rarely receive like cold drinks, and now it's more common, but let's say a few years ago...even to this day of you're going into an office...
Jenny: 嗯，或者你很爱学习， 你可以说我老去图书馆
Ken: So I've been going to the library for some time, indicating for ages - for a long, long time. Great, so this 老 is really useful there in that...
Ken: Good, now there's another question there which I like because it's useful and it has a little bit of mystique about it. Are there any particular reasons for this?
Ken: Excellent, now could you use the same， the same phrase in some other context please?
Ken: So I've been going to that place
Ken: For some time
Jenny: That restaurant
Ken: Yeah, great
Ken: So I've been chatting online for ages