Intermediate - Business Trip in Kunming
John: Hi ChinesePod listeners, I'm John.
Dilu: 你好，我是 Dilu。
John: Today its an Intermediate lesson, and the topic is ...
John: 出差，going on a business trip.
John: That's two 1st tones.
John: One thing we want to point out right in the beginning is that 出差 is a verb.
John: So this can be a problem because in English we like to say 'business trip', 'I have a business trip', 'I want to go on a business trip' or 'I don't want to go on a business trip'. Whereas in Chinese 出差 means 'go on a business trip'. So what if you want to say 'I have a business trip' in Chinese?
John: All right, let's listen.
0:51 - Dialog
John: It's a verb here, right? 出差。
John: So its literally 'I'm going on a business trip', 'I'm doing the business trip thing'.
John: She's doing it.
John: What if we want to say 'I have a business trip'?
John: That means 'I'm going to go on a business trip'.
John: Which is basically the same as I 'have a business trip', but you have to use the verb. But what if you want to say to a Chinese friend 'you go on a lot of business trips'? In English we'd say 'a lot OF business trips'.
John: So its 'you often go on business trips', still using it as a verb.
john: Just keep that in mind. So the girl is talking about her business trip. Where did she go?
John: 1st tone, 2nd tone. 昆明 is in 云南。
John: What does she say about the trip?
John: 'To go on a business trip for a week'.
John: So 出差一天，出差一个月。
John: And then what else does she say?
John: So notice in English we say 'for the first three days we're going to do this, for the last few days we're going to do this'. You use 'first' and 'last'.
John: Literally 'front' and 'back'. But it refers to the same concepts'. 前面三天，we could also say 前三天。
John: 'First three days'. And then we could do the same for 'the last few days'.
John: Got it. So what is she going to do in the first 3 days?
John: What does that mean exactly? Talk about stuff, talk about things?
Dilu: 对啊，就是 talk about business, talk about things.
John: But does this sound business-like? 谈事情。
John: So pretty serious. Sounds like a meeting, or maybe even a negotiation of some kind.
John: So 谈事情 is not like having a chat with your friend at starbucks.
Dilu: 不是 having a chat。但是可以是比较 ...
John: ［？］about very serious talk.
Dilu: 对。比较比较 serious。
John: So that's what she's doing, serious business stuff for the first three days, and in the last few days she's going to do what?