# Got me stumped...

###### xuexiansheng
December 08, 2009, 04:28 AM posted in General Discussion

“来招呼” 有什么意思？

I'm only in 2nd year Chinese class, that stretched my chinese learning to the limits there....so, an english answer or a simple chinese one would help.  The text is from 校园汉语, Univ. of Wash Press, 2003. Not a bad textbook IMO. 谢谢！ :)

###### changye
December 08, 2009, 05:30 AM

but they didn't see 阿甲 came to ask (if 阿丁 needs some help).

P/S. On second though, the word "招呼" itself also means "help, take care", so this sentence might just mean "but they didn't see 阿甲 came and help 阿丁". Sorry for having confused you, hehe.

###### john3199
December 08, 2009, 07:02 AM

就是：来请大家帮忙。

###### changye
December 08, 2009, 07:23 AM

Hi xuexiansheng

Just ignore my incorrect answer, and read john's post, which is concise and correct.

###### xuexiansheng
December 08, 2009, 07:53 AM

Oh, 招呼 can mean "help, take care".  I missed that, we've only had it in our texts as 打招呼 “meet, greet, say 'hi' ".  That would make more sense.

Everyone thought 阿丁 was busy, however,  they didn't see 阿甲 helping out/lending a hand.

Thanks!

###### changye
December 08, 2009, 08:08 AM

Hi xuexiansheng

That is not the case. As john3199 explained, "没看见阿甲来招呼" is equal to "阿甲没来请大家帮忙", which means "阿甲 didn't come to ask other guys to help (阿丁)". You can also say "没看见阿甲来(打)招呼". My answer is not correct. I'm sorry to have confused you!

My head is also messed up now, hehe.