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Snacks 2

B: Dajia hao, hello everyone, perfect your Chinese every day, right here in the Chinese Studio.
Wo shi B.
Y: And, wo shi Y, it’s not always easy for a foreigner to get the tongue around Chinese sounds
and tones, but it’s never difficult talking to the street vendor, come and join us as we try a few
different snacks today.
B: And here are the keywords.

Key words of the day

I’m starving 我饿死了。Pickled duck eggs 咸鸭蛋 soybean milk 豆浆 Mutton kebab 羊肉串 Not
too spicy please. 别太辣了 All in today’s Chinese Studio.

B: Most of us tend to exaggerate at times, especially when we feel like eating. So after a
heavy-duty round of sightseeing, when it’s time for a break and a bite to eat, how do I say,
I’m starving Y?
Y: We usually say wo3 er4 si3 le.
B: wo3 er4 si3 le.
Y: wo3 means I,
B: wo3,
Y: and er4 means hungry,
B: er4,
Y: si3 means die,
B: si3,
Y: so wo3 er4 si3 le literally means I'll starve to death.
B: wo3 er4 si3 le. I’m starving.

Conversation 1
A: 我饿死了。
B: 马上就开饭了。

B: I’ve seen some wonderfully colored pickled ducks eggs Y, what do we call those?
Y: You mean, xian2 ya1 dan4.
B: xian2 ya1 dan4.
Y: xian2 means pickled or salted,
B: xian2,
Y: ya1 dan4, duck eggs,
B: ya1 dan4,

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Y: xian2 ya1 dan4.
B: xian2 ya1 dan4. Pickled ducks eggs...

Conversation 2
A: 那是什么?
B: 咸鸭蛋。

B: All these delicious, haochi de savory snacks are making me a little thirsty. I’d love some of
that fresh soya milk. What’s it called again Y?
Y: That’s dou4 jiang1
B: dou4 jiang1.
Y: dou4 means soybean,
B: dou4,
Y: jiang1 means liquid like milk,
B: jiang1,
Y: dou4 jiang1
B: dou4 jiang1, soybean milk.

A: 我要一杯豆浆。
B: 2 块钱。

B: We can’t walk past those kebabs Y, and where do the people making them come from?
Y: Firstly, those people are usually from the Xinjiang autonomous region in western China,
and those tasty mutton kebabs are yang2 rou2 chuan4.
B: yang2 rou2 chuan4.
Y: yang2 rou2 means mutton,
B: yang2 rou2,
Y: chuan4 means shish kebabs,
B: chuan4,
Y: yang2 rou2 chuan4.
B: yang2 rou2 chuan4. , mutton kebabs. Now, they look a little spicy, how can I say, not too
spicy please.
Y: Like this: bie2 tai4 la4 le.
B: bie2 tai4 la4 le.
Y: bie2 means don’t do something,
B: bie2,
Y: tai4 means too much,
B: tai4,
Y: la4 means spicy,
B: la4,

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Y: bie2 tai4 la4 le.
B: bie2 tai4 la4 le, not too spicy please.

Conversation 4
A: 三个羊肉串。别太辣了。
B: 好的,稍等一下。

B: Life is a culinary challenge here on the street, where to turn next.

Y: While you’re working that out B, I’m gonna ask the question of the day. Remind us how to
say, “Not too spicy please”.
B: And send your email answer to jian.
Y: Until tomorrow.

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