Intermediate - Children's Train Ticket
John: Hey guys, this is ChinesePod, I'm John, Intermediate lesson.
John: In today's lesson, we're going to talk about train tickets.
John: Train tickets, haven't we done this lesson before?
John: So we're going to buy a special kind of ticket in this dialog.
John: 高铁. So is that 'high iron'? Is that an elevated railway?
John: So 'high speed rail'.
John: So that's usually just called ...
John: 1st tone, 3rd tone.
John: So listen into this specialized train ticket lesson. Here we go.
0:54 - Dialog
John: Hold on, that's a lot of information. So first of all we heard the measure word for tickets.
John: And how many?
John: So if we were to make this simple, its two ... what?
John: So two train tickets. But we know its the high speed rail. So how do we say that?
John: Remember 高铁 is 1st tone and 3rd tone.
Dilu: 是的。我们刚刚又说过就是high speed rail。
John: OK. So we know that its two high speed rail tickets, but now we also want to add in that they go to 南京 on the 18th.
John: So altogether?
John: And then more details. What kind of tickets are they?
John: 成人, two 2nd tones, that means 'adult'.
John: Now we have 成人的. What is this 的 doing exactly?
John: OK, so you can drop that 票.
John: So one for an adult, and the other one is ...
John: 儿童 - that's also two 2nd tones.
John: OK. So that's 'child'. So the word for 'adult' is ...
John: And the word for 'child'.
John: Are these formal?
John: So 大人 - 'big person' - that means 'an adult'.
John: In a more informal way.
John: And then 孩子 of course is 'child'. So 儿童 is kind of formal.
John: So when you buy tickets, you're going to see these words.
John: Got it. So then the ticket seller asks about the child.
John: So 'how old is the child?' Now there's a 了 here, kind of like 'how old is the child now?' Does that 了 have to be there?
John: And then in the response we see 四岁半.
John: And there's no 了 there. So you could put it there, or you could drop it.
John: Its kind of like 'the child is four and a half now', 'the child is four and a half', is basically the same thing.
John: So which sentence do we have to add the 了 in?
John: 超过 - that means 'to exceed'.
John: What are the tones?