Bicycles & Cycling 自行车 (1)

Gao Huiying China Plus Published: 2017-10-30 13:50:44
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B: So let’s begin at the beginning, what do we call a bike Y?

Y: we call it zi4 xing2 che1. 

B: zi4 xing2 che1. And what about, Where can I get the bike repaired?

Y: You can ask: 哪儿有修车的? 

B: na3er you3 xiu1 che1 de? 

Y: na3er means where, 

B: na3er, 

Y:you3 , literally means have, 

B: you3, 

Y: xiu1 means repair, 

B: xiu1, 

Y: che1 means bike, 

B: che1, 

Y: na3er you3 xiu1 che1 de?

B: na3er you3 xiu1 che1 de? Where can I get the bike repaired?

Conversation 1

A: 哪儿有修车的? 

B: 前面就有一个修车铺。

B: I’d better learn a few important parts of the zixingche. The seat please Y.

Y: it’s che1 zuo4, 

B: che1 zuo4, as che1 is bicycle, 

Y: right. And zuo4 means seat, 

B: zuo4,

Y:  che1 zuo4, 

B: che1 zuo4, seat. And the brakes,Y?

Y: You can say: sha1 che1. 

B: sha1 che1. And how about the tires? 

Y: It’s che1 tai1. As tai1 means tire in Chinese, 

B: che1 tai1. Got it…

Conversation 2

A: 看看我新买的自行车。 

B: 真漂亮!不过车座好像有点高。

B: Oops! I think I’ve got a flat tire, how do I say that Y?

Y: wo3 de che1 tai1 mei2 qi4 le. 

B: Let me try that:  wo3 de che1 tai1 mei2 qi4 le.

Y: wo3 de means mine, 

B: wo3 de, 

Y: che1 tai1 means tires, 

B: che1 tai1, 

Y: mei2 qi4, of course it’s not that mei2 qi4 which means natural gas, here it means a flat tire, 

B: mei2 qi4 , 

Y: 我的车胎没气了

B: wo3 de che1 tai1 mei2 qi4 le. I’ve got a flat tire. 

Y: besides, there is another Chinese adjective which is very suitable to describe a flat tire…  

B:  Tell me Yajie. 

Y: Okay, it’s bie3, 

B: bie3.

Y: That’s right…wo3 de che1 tai1 bie3 le.

B: wo3 de che1 tai1 bie3 le. I’ve got a flat tire.

Conversation 3

A: 我的车胎没气了。

B: 别急,我来帮你打气。

B: I’m afraid that my brake doesn’t work. It’s very dangerous and I need someone to fix it for me… How do I tell shifu that Y?

Y: here we go. sha1 che1 shi1 ling2 le. 

B: sha1 che1 shi1 ling2 le. 

Y: sha1 che1 is brakes, 

B: sha1 che1, 

Y: shi1 ling2 means the brake doesn’t work, 

B: shi1 ling2, 

Y: sha1 che1 shi1 ling2 le.

B: sha1 che1 shi1 ling2 le. My brake doesn’t work.

Conversation 4

A: 哎呀,好疼啊,你轧着我的脚了! 

B: 对不起, 刹车失灵了。

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