Intermediate - Duty free products - Poddies Collaboration
Dilu: Hello, welcome to Chinesepod. My name is Dilu and this is an intermediate lesson.
John: Hey guys, I'm John and in this lesson we're talking about shopping, but not just any shopping.
John: OK, so that was 'duty free shop', right?
John: 免税, that’s 3rd tone, 4th tone, that’s ‘tax-free’, right?
Dilu: 嗯，so for stores it is 店
John: OK, so anyway, in this dialogue we’re about to witness a very Chinese cultural phenomenon, I think.
John: When people go abroad you want them to help you buy things
John: Yes, that is the other key word, 代购
John: So ‘to buy stuff for people’
John: Alright, so the first word we hear in this dialogue is the guy’s name, right?
John: 2nd tone, 3rd tone
John: Alright, not super important but, uh, what’s this news the girl heard about the guy?
John: OK, so ‘go to the States on business’
Dilu: 嗯, 听说你要去美国出差
John: OK, now correct me if I’m wrong but isn’t 出差, two 1st tones, isn’t that ‘to go on a business trip’
John: OK, so we're saying 'go to the United States to go on a business trip', is that right?
John: OK and you don't say 出差去美国, is that right?
John: OK, so if you want to add the place where you're going on business put 去 and that place and 出差 otherwise just leave out the place
John: OK, and what is his business?
John: OK, so he's going to do two weeks of training, right?
John: 培训, that's 2nd tone, 4th tone, right?
John: And where's he going to go to do that?
John: So, 总公司 is that like a head company?
Dilu: 是的，但是在英文里面我们都是常常说head office对吧
John: OK, so it's not really the company, it's the office
John: OK, so if you're saying where you're going for two weeks of training you have to put that before the verb
John: Alright, and that is a theme of today's lesson. We're going to get into that a bit later, but....so go to the place and then do what. OK, so anyway this, uh, going to the States, to the head office, this prompts a request for a favour, right?
John: OK, so this 帮我 means 'do it for me' not 'help me', right?
John: So, 代购 for me
John: OK, so buy something for me
John: Could she have just said 帮我买?
John: And that 代购 is two 4th tones, right?