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Do you enjoy eating but not cooking?  Here you will learn to use “但是, 可是 ” to express yourself.   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

飞机票 fēijīpiào flight ticket
交通 jiāotōng traffic; transportation
太差 tàichà terrible, too bad
打扫 dǎsǎo cleaning, sweeping
母亲节 mǔqīnjié mother’s day
钓鱼 diàoyú fishing
东京 dōngjīng Tokyo
平时 píngshí normally
联系 liánxì connect
特别 tèbié special
卡片 kǎpiàn card
忘记 wàngjì forget
to send

Key Phrases

你平时喝什么饮料? nǐ píngshí hē shénme yǐnliào What do you drink normally?
我偶尔喝热巧克力,有时喝果汁,常常喝咖啡 wǒ ǒuěr hē rè qiǎokèlì, yǒushí hē guǒzhī,chángcháng hē kāfēi Occasionally I drink hot chocolate, sometimes I drink juice, occasional drink coffee.
我很喜欢吃意大利菜,可是不常常做 wǒ hěn xǐhuān chī yìdàlì cài, kěshì bù chángcháng zuò I like Italian food, but I don’t cook often
姐姐要去旅游,可是没有买飞机票 jiějie yào qù lǚyóu, kěshì méiyǒu mǎi fēijīpiào Older sister is going to travel but she has not bought flight tickets yet.
明天天气很好,可是后天要下雨 míngtiān tiānqì hěnhǎo, kěshì hòutiān yào xiàyǔ Tomorrow’s weather is good but the day after tomorrow it will rain.
上海很有意思,可是比较贵 shànghǎi hěn yǒuyìsi, kěshì bǐjiào guì Shanghai is an interesting place but it is expensive.
洛杉矶天气很温和但是交通太差 luòshānjī tiānqì hěn wēnhé dànshì jiāotōng tài chà LA’s weather is very moderate but the traffic is too bad.

Dialogue

周末你做什么? zhōumò nǐ zuò shénme What do you do on weekends?
平时在家休息,打扫,但是偶尔去见朋友 píngshí zài jiā xiūxi, dǎsǎo, dànshì ǒuěr qù jiàn péngyǒu Normally I’m at home resting, cleaning, but occasionally I meet up with friends
上个周末你见朋友了吗? shàng gè zhōumò nǐ jiàn péngyǒu le ma? Did you meet up with friends last weekend?
上个周末母亲节,我和我妈妈去钓鱼了。 shàng gè zhōumò mǔqīnjié, wǒ hé wǒ māma qù diàoyú le Last weekend was mother’s day,my mom and I went fishing
你常常和你妈妈见面吗? nǐ chángcháng hé nǐ māma jiànmiàn ma Do you see your mom often?
每个月见一次,你呢? měigè yuè jiàn yīcì, nǐ ne Once a month, how about you?
我们偶尔见面,她住在东京。 wǒmen ǒuěr jiànmiàn, tā zhù zài dōngjīng We see each other occasionally, she’s living in Tokyo.
平时你们怎么联系? píngshí nǐmen zěnme liánxì How do you (two) connect normally?
我们常常打电话,有时候facetime, 但是特别的时候写卡片。 wǒmen chángcháng dǎ diànhuà, yǒushíhòu facetime,dànshì tèbié de shíhòu xiě kǎpiàn We call each other often, and sometimes (we) facetime, but on special occasions we write cards to each other
什么特别的时候? shénme tèbiéde shíhòu What kind of special occasions?
圣诞节,生日,母亲节。写卡片很慢但是更有意思。 shèngdànjié, shēngrì, mǔqīnjié. xiě kǎpiàn hěn màn dànshì gēng yǒuyìsi Christmas, birthday, mother’s day. Writing cards take more time but is more interesting
母亲节你妈妈很开心吧? mǔqīnjié nǐ māma hěn kāixīn ba Was your mom happy on mother’s day?
她不开心。 tā bù kāixīn She’s not happy.
为什么不开心? wèishénme bù kāixīn Why not happy?
今年母亲节我写卡片了,但是忘记寄卡片了。 jīnnián mǔqīnjié wǒ xiě kǎpiànle, dànshì wàngjì jì kǎpiàn le This year’s mother’s day I wrote a card, but forgot to send it out.

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. Using “但是, 可是” make a sentence.

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.