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Soften your tone when asking people to do things  with this lesson!  Is there something you are unable or cannot do and you want others to know so they stop bothering you? Be sure to listen to our Chinese podcast lesson and if you haven’t yet, subscribe to our Chinese itunes podcast or hear us on Stitcher  and leave a comment. If you liked this lesson please give us a thumbs up on facebook

等我 děng wǒ wait for me
坐一下 zuò yīxià take a seat
没办法 méi bànfǎ cannot, unable to
加班 jiābān work overtime
告诉 gàosu tell (someone)

Key Phrases

看一下宝宝 kàn yīxià bǎobǎo Please watch the baby
等我一下 děng wǒ yīxià Please wait for me
帮我看一下价格 bāng wǒ kàn yīxià jiàgé Please help me check the price
买一下咖啡 mǎi yīxià kāfēi Please buy Coffee
坐一下 zuò yīxià take a sit
接一下电话 jiē yīxià diànhuà Please pick up the phone
我病了,没办法去上课 wǒ bìng le, méi bànfǎ qù shàngkè I’m sick, I’m unable to go to class
哥哥加班,没办法回家 gēge jiābān, méi bànfǎ huíjiā Older brother is working extra time. He is unable to go home
姐姐没有手机,没办法上网 jiějie méiyǒu shǒujī, méi bànfǎ shàngwǎng Older sister does not have a cell phone, she is unable to get online
你最近很忙,有没有办法见朋友? nǐ zuìjìn hěn máng, yǒu méiyǒu bànfǎ jiàn péngyǒu You are recently busy. Are you able to see friends or not?
爸爸买东西很有办法 bàba mǎi dōngxī hěn yǒu bànfǎ Dad is very resourceful in terms of shopping
妹妹学习中文很有办法 mèimei xuéxí zhōngwén hěn yǒu bànfǎ Little sister is very resourceful in terms of learning Chinese

Dialogue

电话!可以帮我接一下电话吗? diànhùa! kěyǐ bāng wǒ jiē yīxià diànhuà ma The phone! Can you please help me answer the phone?
你的电话在哪? nǐ de diànhuà zài nǎ Where is your phone?
在电脑上面,能看见吗? zài diànnǎo shàngmian, néng kànjiàn ma Its on top of the computer, can you see it?
看见了 kànjiàn le I saw it.
喂,你好,我是Jacky的妹妹,帮他接一下电话。 wéi nǐhǎo, wǒ shì Jacky de mèimèi, bāng tā jiē yīxià diànhuà Hello, I’m Jacky’s younger sister, helping him answer the phone
你好,请告诉Jacky一下我是Daisy。 nǐhǎo, qǐng gàosu Jacky yīxià wǒ shi Daisy Hi, please tell Jacky I’m Daisy
Jacky,是Daisy打电话 Jacky, shì Daisy dǎ diànhuà Jacky, It’s Daisy calling.
好,帮我问一下什么事。 hǎo, bāng wǒ wèn yīxià shénme shì Ok, please ask what is (the phone call) for
好的 hǎo de Ok
请问,什么事? qǐngwèn, shénme shì Excuse me, what’s up?
没有事,请帮我告诉jacky有空打一下电话。 méiyǒu shì, qǐng bāng wǒ gàosu Jacky yǒukòng dǎ yīxià diànhuà Nothing special, please help me tell Jacky that when he has time please call
好的 hǎo de OK
哥哥,你为什么不打电话? gēge, nǐ wèishénme bù dǎdiànhuà Older brother, why don’t you call?
这个星期太忙了,没有办法打电话。 zhège xīngqī tài máng le, méiyǒu bànfǎ dǎ diànhuà This week (I’m) very busy, there was no way to call
真的吗? zhēn de ma Really?
真的没有办法打电话 zhēn de méiyǒu bànfǎ dǎ diànhuà (I) really had no way to call

Flashcards for your review

Chinese Character – English

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Chinese Character – Pinyin

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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. Is there something you are unable or cannot do?

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.

  • Londoner

    太棒了!我觉得这个课特别有帮助。