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Vocab

生病 Shēngbìng Sick
升职 shēng zhí promotion
垃圾食品 lājī shípǐn junk food
学费 xuéfèi tuition
感冒 gǎnmào cold
性格 xìnggé character
野兽 yěshòu beast
变化 Biànhuà change
素食 Sùshí vegetarian/vegetarian food
看上去 Kàn shàngqù looks like
特别 Tèbié special
原因 Yuányīn reason
健康 Jiànkāng health
环保 Huánbǎo protecting environment
理解 lí jiě understand
奇怪 Qíguài weird
想一想 Xiǎng yī xiǎng think about it
佛教 fójiào buddhism
大约 dàyuē about, an estimate
种类 zhǒnglèi species, types
增加 zēngjiā increase
提倡 tíchàng promote
流行 liúxíng popular, in trend

Sentence/Phrase

我不去买东西了,因为我生病了 Wǒ bú qù mǎi dōngxīle, yīnwèi wǒ shēngbìngle I can’t go shopping because I’m sick  
姐姐很高兴,因为她升职了 Jiějiě hěn gāoxìng, yīnwèi tā shēng zhíle Older sister is happy because she got promoted  
Jason 喜欢自己一个人吃饭,因为喜欢安静 Xǐhuān zìjǐ yīgè rén chīfàn, yīnwèi xǐhuān ānjìng Jason likes to eat alone because he likes quiet  
我要迟到了,因为起床晚了 Wǒ yào chídàole, yīnwèi qǐchuáng wǎnle I’m late because I got up late  
最近我身体很好,因为多运动少吃垃圾食品 Zuìjìn wǒ shēntǐ hěn hǎo, yīnwèi duō yùndòng shǎo chī
lājī shípǐn
Recently I’m pretty healthy because I work out more and eat less junk food  
学费太贵了,所以要节约 Xuéfèi tài guìle, suǒyǐ yào jiéyuē Tuition is too high so I need to save  
 春天容易感冒,所以要小心  Chūntiān róngyì gǎnmào, suǒyǐ yào xiǎoxīn  It is easy to get a cold in spring so we have to be careful  
 旅行有意思可是很累,所以要安排好时间  Lǚxíng yǒuyìsi kěshì hěn lèi, suǒyǐ yào ānpái hǎo shíjiān  It is fun to travel but it is very tiring therefore it has to be well planned  
 哥哥性格好,所以有很多朋友  Gēgē xìnggé hǎo suǒyǐ yǒu hěnduō péngyǒu  Older brother has good personality therefore he has many friends  
 这个周末是妹妹1岁生日,所以要好好庆祝  Zhège zhōumò shì mèimei 1 suì shēngrì, suǒyǐ yào hǎohǎo qìngzhù  This weekend is my younger sister 1 year old birthday therefore, I need to celebrate
well
 
 因为想家,所以Rose 常常写信打电话  Yīnwèi xiǎng jiā, suǒyǐ Rose chángcháng xiě xìn dǎ diànhuà  because rose misses her home she often writes letters and calls home  
 因为游泳池人很多,所以我不去了  Yīnwèi yóuyǒngchí rén hěnduō, suǒyǐ wǒ bú qùle  Because there
are a lot of people at the pool I am not going.
 
 我因为感冒 所以在家休息  Wǒ yīnwèi gǎnmào suǒyǐ zàijiā xiūxí  Because I’m sick I rest at home  
 妈妈因为不喜欢热闹 , 所以不参加今晚的party  Māmā yīn wéi bù xǐhuān rènào, suǒyǐ bùcānjiā jīn wǎn de  Because mom does not like being around many people, she will not attend the party tonight  
 因为很多人要看美女和野兽,所以要早早买票  Yīnwèi hěnduō rén yào kàn měinǚ hé yěshòu, suǒyǐ yào zǎozǎo mǎi piào  Because many want to watch The Beauty and the Beast, tickets need to be purchased early  

Dialogue

May好久不见, 最近你的生活有什么变化吗? Hǎojiǔ bú jiàn, zuìjìn nǐ de shēnghuó yǒu shén me biànhuà ma May long time no see, recently in your life is there any change?
变化… 最近我开始素食了, 不吃肉 Biànhuà… Zuìjìn wǒ kāishǐ sùshíle, bù chī ròu Change…recently I’m going to start being a vegetarian, and not eat meat
你看上去身体很好,是因为吃素吗? Nǐ kàn shàngqù shēntǐ hěn hǎo, shì yīnwèi chīsù ma Your body looks well, is it because of becoming a vegetarian?
不知道,我才开始吃素三个月,所以不知道。 Bù zhīdào, wǒ cái kāishǐ chīsù sān gè yuè, suǒyǐ bù zhīdào I don’t know, I just started being a vegetarian for 3 months, so I’m not sure
你为什么吃素?有什么特别的原因吗? Nǐ wèishéme chīsù? Yǒu shén me tèbié de yuányīn ma Why are you a vegetarian? Is there a special reason?
我是因为健康所以吃素, 也有人因为环保. Wǒ shì yīnwèi jiànkāng suǒyǐ chīsù, yěyǒu rén yīnwèi huánbǎo It’s because of health so that’s why I’m a vegetarian, but also because of environmental protection
我也有点想吃素,会很难吗? Wǒ yě yǒudiǎn xiǎng chīsù, huì hěn nán ma I also thinking about being a vegetarian, is it very difficult?
因为是很大的变化, 所以需要时间。 Yīn wéi shì hěn dà de biànhuà, suǒyǐ xūyào shíjiān Because it’s a big change, so you need time
家人和朋友能理解吗? Jiārén hé péngyǒu néng lǐjiě ma? Are family and friends understanding?
还可以, 现在很多人开始吃素, 所以大家不觉得奇怪。 Hái kěyǐ, xiànzài hěnduō rén kāishǐ chīsù, suǒyǐ dàjiā bù juédé qíguài Kind of, now a lot of people start being a vegetarian, so everyone doesn’t feel its strange
谢谢你!我也要想一想。 Xièxiè nǐ! Wǒ yě yào xiǎng yī xiǎng Thank you! I will also think about it

Short Essay

在中国素食有很长的历史,有的是因为佛教, 有的是因为健康。但是只有大约4% 的中国人食素。中国的素食种类多也很美味。近几十年来中国人吃肉大大增加,也带来健康和环境的问题,所以有人提倡素食。素食在中国会不会流行呢?

在中国素食有很长的历史,有的是因为佛教, 有的是因为健康 Zài zhōngguó sùshí yǒu hěn zhǎng de lìshǐ, yǒudeshì yīnwèi fójiào, yǒudeshì yīnwèi jiànkāng Vegetarian in China has a long history, some because of Buddhism, and some because of health
但是只有大约4% 的中国人食素 Dànshì zhǐyǒu dàyuē 4% de zhōngguó rén shí sù But only about 4% of the Chinese are vegetarian
中国的素食种类多也很美味 Zhōngguó de sùshí zhǒnglèi duō yě hěn měiwèi China’s vegetarian types are many and also very delicious
近几十年来中国人吃肉大大增加,也带来健康和环境的问题,所以有人提倡素食 Jìn jǐ shí niánlái zhōngguó rén chī ròu dàdà zēngjiā, yě dài lái jiànkāng hé huánjìng de wèntí, suǒyǐ yǒurén tíchàng sùshí In recent decades, Chinese people’s consumption of meat has greatly increased, but also bringing health and environmental problems, so some people have advocated being vegetarian
素食在中国会不会流行呢? Sùshí zài zhōngguó huì bù huì liúxíng ne Will being a vegetarian become popular in China?

Flashcards for your review

Chinese Character – English

  • 想一想
    think about it
  • 变化
    change
  • 看上去
    looks like
  • 环保
    protecting environment
  • 感冒
    cold
  • 学费
    tuition
  • 大约
    about, an estimate
  • 升职
    promotion
  • 增加
    increase
  • 佛教
    buddhism
  • 流行
    popular, in trend
  • 特别
    special
  • 性格
    character
  • 原因
    reason
  • 垃圾食品
    junk food
  • 种类
    species, types
  • 野兽
    beast
  • 理解
    understand
  • 奇怪
    weird
  • 提倡
    promote
  • 素食
    vegetarian/vegetarian food
  • 健康
    health
  • 生病
    Sick

Chinese Character – Pinyin

  • 生病
    Shēngbìng
  • 升职
    shēng zhí
  • 奇怪
    Qíguài
  • 增加
    zēngjiā
  • 特别
    Tèbié
  • 环保
    Huánbǎo
  • 学费
    xuéfèi
  • 种类
    zhǒnglèi
  • 变化
    Biànhuà
  • 野兽
    yěshòu
  • 垃圾食品
    lājī shípǐn
  • 流行
    liúxíng
  • 原因
    Yuányīn
  • 理解
    lí jiě
  • 素食
    Sùshí
  • 感冒
    gǎnmào
  • 看上去
    Kàn shàngqù
  • 想一想
    Xiǎng yī xiǎng
  • 健康
    Jiànkāng
  • 性格
    xìnggé
  • 提倡
    tíchàng
  • 佛教
    fójiào
  • 大约
    dàyuē

In the comments bellow practice making a sentence or two in Chinese using any of the following:

1. Try using any of the verbs or nouns we learned to make a sentence.

2. Use any grammar points in this lesson to make sentences.

Animated Stroke Order Just highlight and copy the character, paste in the small box bellow and press enter to see the stroke order. Use the whiteboard to better familiarize with Chinese characters.