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35. In The Restaurant

August 2nd, 2009 - by Huang Jason

Learn Chinese with “900 Sentences for Chinese”. It’s an excellent free online course for Chinese learning. It contains 60 Chinese lessons and every sentence has an WAV audio from an female native Chinese speaker.

1. What would you like to eat?   什么   nǐ | xiǎng | chī | diǎn | shén mē ?
2. Are you ready to order?   要点   nǐ | yào diǎn | cài | le;liǎo;liào | ma ?
3. I\’d like some steak and bread.   牛排 面包   wǒ | yào;yāo | niú pái | hé | miàn bāo 。
4. What would you like for dessert?   什么   nǐ | yào;yāo | shén mē | tián | diǎn ?
5. I\’ll have some ice cream.   冰淇淋   wǒ | yào;yāo | bīng qí lín 。
6. Do you want some fruit?   水果   nǐ | yào;yāo | shuǐ guǒ | ma ?
7. Yes, please. I want an apple.   是的 一个 苹果   shì de , wǒ | yào;yāo | yī gè | píng guǒ 。
8. Anything to drink?   什么   hē | diǎn | shén mē ?
9. A small glass of whisky, please.   请来 小杯 威士忌   qǐng lái | yī | xiǎo bēi | wēi shì jì 。
10. Here is your food.   你的   nǐ de | cài | lái | le;liǎo;liào 。
11. Bring me the bill please.     qǐng | mǎi | dān;chán 。
12. Can I pay by check or credit card?   支票 信用卡   wǒ | néng | yòng | zhī piào | huò | xìn yòng kǎ | ma ?
13. Sorry, we only take cash.   对不起我们 现金   duì bù qǐ , wǒ men | zhī;zhǐ | shōu | xiàn jīn 。
14. Here you are.     gěi | nǐ 。
15. Here is your change.     zhǎo | nín | de;dì;dí | qián 。

Note: To get the definition, put the cursor on the Chinese word.

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2 Responses to “35. In The Restaurant”

  1. Des says:

    Hi, great lessons. Just a query on number 12. Given that this is a question requiring the listener to respond with a choice between the two options in reply, is the use of “huo” correct. I would have thought this sentence required the use of “haishi” in this situation rather than “huo”.
    The use of “Huo” / “Huozhe” ,I understood applies when there is a statement that does not invite a choice. For example “I will pay by check or credit card.” would use “huo”.
    Just trying to struggle through my grammar so your expert opinion would help.

  2. Huang Jason says:

    Hi, Des, No.12, ‘neng’ and ‘ma’ make it a interrogative sentence. If you use ‘haishi’ instead, it will conflict with ‘ma’, they both express questioning. You should use only one of them.

    我 用 支票 还是 信用卡?
    我 能 用 支票 或 信用卡 吗?

    These two are the same.

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