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Asking Indirect Questions 旁敲侧击

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ID: 2932 Upper Intermediate
Is Lee's daughter single? I bet she would be a good match with Zhao's daughter? Tune in to today's lesson, where you will learn how to ask indirect questions about people's relationship status, common sayings surrounding romantic relationships and some great phrases that you'll need when you are setting someone up. You'll also get some great cultural insights to some traditional expectations and requirements that are deemed necessary to be a good match. Photo by Will Powell
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SIMPLIFIED PINYIN ENGLISH  
令千金 lìngqiānjīn your daughter (honorific)
好说 hǎoshuō you flatter me
独奏 dúzòu solo musical performance
经济 jīngjì economy
老李啊,上个礼拜联欢会上看到你和令千金一个唱歌、一个弹琴,真是好琴艺、好歌喉!
Lǎo Lǐ ā ,shàng ge lǐbài liánhuānhuì shàng kàndào nǐ hé lìngqiānjīn yī gè chànggē 、yī gè tánqín ,zhēn shì hǎo qínyì 、hǎo gēhóu !
Lee! I saw you and your daughter at last week's party. One was playing the piano and one was singing. What a skilled pianist and what a great voice!
好说好说,还不是我女儿说独奏气氛不够,硬是把我拉上去唱,我呢,就是负责炒热气氛的。
hǎoshuō hǎoshuō ,háibùshì wǒ nǚér shuō dúzòu qìfen bùgòu ,yìngshì bǎ wǒ lā shàngqù chàng ,wǒ ne ,jiùshì fùzé chǎo rè qìfen de 。
You flatter me. It was my daughter who said that if she played alone, it would be a dull atmosphere. She forced me on stage to sing. So it was my job to get a good atmosphere going.
我记得你说令千金大学刚毕业是吗?好像学的是经济,怎么琴也弹得这么好呀!
wǒ jìde nǐ shuō lìngqiānjīn dàxué gāng bìyè shìma ?hǎoxiàng xué de shì jīngjì ,zěnme qín yě tán de zhème hǎo ya !
I remember you saying that your daughter just graduated from Univeristy, right? I think it was Economics, no? How comes she also plays piano so well?
她呀,就这一个爱好,从小弹,算算也有十来年了,反正她学校功课也没让我们担心过,就让她弹呗。
tā ya ,jiù zhè yī gè àihào ,cóngxiǎo tán ,suàn suan yě yǒu shí lái nián le ,fǎnzhèng tā xuéxiào gōngkè yě méi ràng wǒmen dānxīn guò ,jiù ràng tā tán bēi 。
Oh her. That's the only hobby she's got. Now thinking of it, she's been playing for ten years since she was a girl. We've never had to worry about her grades so we've just let her play as much as she wants.
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