Computers 电脑(1)

Gao Huiying China Plus Published: 2017-12-13 10:35:45
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B: Ok, let's just check I remember from being in the library last week. A computer is a 电脑 diannao, dui ba?
Y: Dui, right on. Of course there are different types.
B: What do we call a desktop computer?
Y: usually we call it: 台式机
B: tai2 shi4 ji1.
Y: 台 tai2 means desk,
B: tai2,
Y: 式 shi4 means the type,
B: shi4,
Y: 机 ji1 means computer,
B: ji1,
Y: 台式机 tai2 shi4 ji1.
B: tai2 shi4 ji1. desktop, And a laptop?
Y: you can say: 笔记本电脑 bi3 ji4 ben3 dian4 nao3.
B: bi3 ji4 ben3 dian4 nao3. does 笔记本 bi3 ji4 ben3 mean lap?
Y: no… it means notebook. Probably it’s because laptop is portable like a notebook…
B: could be…bi3 ji4 ben3, notebook,
Y: and 电脑 dian4 nao3 means computer,
B: dian4 nao4,
Y: 笔记本电脑 bi3 ji4 ben3 dian4 nao3.
B: bi3 ji4 ben3 dian4 nao3. laptop.

Conversation 1

A: 你的是台式机还是笔记本电脑?
B: 是一台笔记本电脑。

B: You know Y, I really need a laptop. When I walk into the shangdian, the shop, how do I say that?
Y: Try this, 我想买台笔记本电脑
B: wo2 xiang2 mai3 tai2 bi3 ji4 ben3 dian4 nao3.
Y: 我想 wo2 xiang3 means I'd like to do sth,
B: wo2 xiang3,
Y: 买 mai3 means to buy,
B: mai3,
Y: 台 tai2 is the measure word for computer. Here it's short for 一台 yi4 tai2, which means one,
B: tai2,
Y: 笔记本电脑 bi3 ji4 ben3 dian4 nao3.laptop,
B: bi3 ji4 ben3 dian4 nao3.
Y: Let's practice the whole sentence: 我想买台笔记本电脑 wo2 xiang2 mai3 tai2 bi3 ji4 ben3 dian4 nao3.
B: wo2 xiang2 mai3 tai2 bi3 ji4 ben3 dian4 nao3. I need a laptop

Conversation 2

A: 你好,需要帮忙吗?
B: 你好。我想买台笔记本电脑。

B: And the other thing I'm interested to know is, how big is the screen?
Y: With your eyesight B, that's a good question. The screen is 显示屏。
B: xian3 shi4 ping2.
Y: 显示 xian3 shi4 means display or reveal,
B: xian3 shi4
Y: 屏 ping2 means screen,
B: ping2,
Y: 显示屏 xian3 shi4 ping2.
B: xian3 shi4 ping2. the screen.
Y: And the question: how big is the screen, in Chinese it's 显示屏有多大?
B: xian3 shi4 ping2 you3 duo2 da4?
Y: 有 you3, literally means have,
B: you3,
Y: 多大 duo2 da4 means how big,
B: duo2 da4.
Y: 显示屏有多大? xian3 shi4 ping2 you3 duo2 da4?
B: xian3 shi4 ping2 you3 duo2 da4? How big is the screen?

Conversation 3 

A: 显示屏有多大?
B: 17 英寸

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