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Lesson 11: Having Lunch (II)
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Learn how to say "to eat vegetable, eat sandwich, etc". Also continue learning Pinyin, and learn more words and phrases related to "having lunch" in Mandarin Chinese.

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10 Responses to “Lesson 11: Having Lunch (II)”

  1. Josephine Gallares

    Could you please clarify for me the translation of ‘yes’ in the conversation in this lesson. It says ‘chi le’. Does this translate as ‘ate’? Could you explain to me why this was the translation of ‘yes’. Is there a particular rule is saying ‘yes’? Is it dependent on what the verb in the sentence is? Thank you!

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    • aihua

      aihua

      “吃了(chī le)” translates as ‘ate’ directly. However, in this context, I believe “yes” is a better translation. Because in daily Chinese, Chinese people talk in that way. We say “吃了(chī le)” instead of “是的(shì de)”, although they have same meaning in this dialog. A good translation needs to understand the related culture.

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  2. Josephine Gallares

    For the pronunciation of cai (vegetables), it sounds like tsai. Did I hear this correctly?

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  3. Zarah and Lanie

    I think the same rules apply in English, its like when someone asks you.. have you eaten? the short answer is Yes. (teenagers usually answer like this.. short and abrupt, sometimes to show indifference).. but if you want to be polite.. you say, Yes, I have eaten. or just say I have eaten. (or chi le in Chinese).. just my few cents worth.. my Chinese office mates also greet each other with “Chi le ma?” to say something like how are you? and apparently even if you have not eaten yet… you have to also respond in the affirmative — “chi le”…(Australians greet how are you- .. but you are expected to say the same how are you.. instead of actually responding to the question)….

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    • aihua

      aihua

      Because three in Chinese is “三(sān)”, the pronunciation is close to “san”dwich.

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