Intermediate - Play Area For Kids
Greg: Hey everyone, you're listening to an Intermediate lesson on ChinesePod, my name is Greg.
Connie: Hello，大家好，我是 Connie.
Greg. Hi Connie, so what are we talking about today?
Greg: 儿童乐园。A play area or a playground.
Greg: Let's listen.
0:25 - Dialog
Greg: We've got a dialog with a grandmother and her grandson.
Greg: In the first line we hear the grandmother talking to her little grandson.
Greg: This is the word that we introduced in the beginning. 儿童乐园。This 园 at the end is the same as a character we've learned before.
Greg: The same 园 from 'park'.
Greg: There's a lot of fun stuff to do in this park. Next ... what does the grandson want to do first?
Greg: That's h-u-a, 2nd tone, t-i, 1st tone. This is the verb and the object together. So how do you say 'to slide down the slide' one more time?
Greg: Slide down a slide. Can we also say 玩？
Greg: So you can also say 'play on the slide'. Good. Next the grandmother tells her grandson to do what?
Greg: 排队。P-a-i, 2nd tone, d-u-i, 4th tone, and this means 'to line up'.
Greg: Is that so?
Greg: I disagree. Well its important, but people tend not to follow that rule very well.
Greg: Maybe in 上海。上海 is OK. Outside there's still some learning that needs to be done. Next the grandson wants to go. What does he say?
Greg: 我去了。There's a 了 here, what does this 了 function as?
Greg: I'm going to go play.
Connie: 我要去玩了。I'm going to go play. Can we have some other examples of where this 了 is used in a similar fashion.
Greg: I'm leaving - I'm going to leave NOW.
Greg: I'm going to bed. Good. So that's how this 了 is used. What does the grandmother tell her grandson after this?
Greg: 一个一个滑。One at a time, one by one.
Connie: One by one. 一个一个。So go down one by one, don't try to cut in line.
Greg: You need to go in order. Where else can we use this phrase?
Greg: Speak one by one, don't all speak at once.
Greg: When there's a bunch of people and they all want to talk at the same time, you have to speak one at a time. She also tells her grandson not to fight with other kids.
Greg: 抢, q-i-a-n-g, 3rd tone.
Greg: And this means to fight with or fight over something. So its actually fighting over the slide. How would we say that more specifically?