Intermediate - Vying for the Meeting Room
25th March 2013
Dilu: 你好，欢迎收听中文搏客， 我是 Dilu
John: Hey guys, I'm John, this is an intermediate lesson
John: 会议室， so that's 3 4th tones, that's a meeting room
Dilu: 对， 三个第四声。会议室
John: All-right, so we're going to listen to a dialogue between a guy who wants to use the meeting room and a, the receptionist or whatever who's in charge of scheduling it
Dilu: 恩， 而且呢，还会听到［不通］的 department in a company
John: And there's some crazy competition for this meeting room. All-right, so lets listen in
Dilu: 好， 先听以下对话
John: OK, so right in the beginning this guy foolishly thinks that he's just going to waltz into the meeting room, it's going to be free, but what's the situation?
John: So 技术部，3 4th tones，that's the tech department right?
Dilu: 对， 技术，两个第四声，就是 tech, 部就是我们说的［不通］的 department, 部门
John: OK, and he can't just really wait until they're finished right? What's the deal with that?
John: All-right, this sentence is a little bit complicated, lets break it down
John: First of all, we start off with a verb, what is it?
John: OK, but this doesn't mean 'wait'. Um, you can think of it as like 'If we wait until they finish', but it's really more of like a 'once they finish'
John: So this means 开完会，like finish their meeting right?
John: OK, so once they've finished their meeting, then what?
John: So 估计， 1st tone, 4th tone, what does this mean?
Dilu: 这个词的翻译是 estimate
John: OK, it's a verb, it's kind of like English, 'I guess' or 'I reckon'
Dilu: 或者是 ‘I think'
John: Maybe you know, these kinds of meanings
John: Right, 可能, maybe
Dilu: 对，跟这个词很 [捷径] 如果你要用可能的时候， 啊，we encourage you to use this word instead, 估计
John: OK, so I think that by the time they finish their meeting, it will be time for lunch. OK, so you can't get your meeting in before lunch
John: OK, That's not allowed. All-right, and then what's the next thing?
John: OK, so the meeting room is really。。。
John: Two 3rd tones. This might look like a noun, but it's not a noun, it's an adjective
John: So it's something that's really in demand, everyone wants it
John: Then it's 枪手
John: So what other things are often 枪手？
John: 啊， OK, so around chinese new year it's hard to get train tickets, everyone wants 'em, they're really in demand, and they're also limited. So you can use 枪手 as an adjective
John: OK, and then the guy asks a question...
Dilu: 下午呢？怎么安排？，下午呢？ 怎么安排？
John: OK, now you might be tempted to think that he's asking 'how will you arrange the afternoon', 'how are you planning to arrange the afternoon meetings'
Dilu: 恩, 不是，不是
John: But it's actually...it's already decided right?
Dilu: 对，已经发生了。啊，其实这句话是 是怎么安排的，下午是怎么安排的
John: So you can also say 我估计 right? I estimate...
John: So I estimate he's not coming anymore or I'm guessing he's not coming anymore，that kind of thing
Dilu: 恩, 对，或者说我估计今天要加班
John: So, I'm thinking we're probably going to have to work overtime again today
John: OK, now let's look at the sentence again, ok, so one more time, what is the sentence?
John: So once they're finished with their meeting, I estimate they're gonna eat lunch in the meeting room. Is that what they're saying?