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M: Dàjiā hǎo. Huānyíng shōutīng Xiànzài Xué Hànyǔ. Wǒ shì ML.

S: Wǒ shì Stuart. ML, what shall we learn today? 今天我们学什么 jīntiān wǒmen
xué shénme?

M: Well, it's always useful to be able to tell people where things are, so let's do
more position words.

S: Hǎo zhúyi. We have jumped from the Summer Palace – Yíhéyuán to


Tiananmen Square. Now for a quick geography lesson. But first, say with ML,
North, north side, South, south side, East, east side, and West, west side. Ready?
Begin! 准备,开始! zhǔnbèi, kāishǐ.

M: 北 běibiān, 南 nánbiān, 东 dōngbiān, 西 xībiān.

S: ML, where is Tiananmen Square?

M: Wǒ xiǎng yìxiǎng. 天安门在北京 Tiān'ānmén zài Beijing.

S: 我知道天安门在北京 wǒ zhīdào Tiān'ānmén zài běijīng. What place in Beijing?


在北京的什么地方?zài běijīngde shénme dìfang?

M: Tiān'ānmén is in the heart of Beijing. 天安门在北京的中心 Tiān'ānmén zài


Běijīng de zhōngxīn.

S: Where is the Qianmen Gate? 前门在哪儿 Qiánmén zài nǎr?

M: 前门在天安门的南边 Qiánmén zài Tiān'ānmén de nánbiān.

S: Hěn hǎo. Now we have some long names – very good for listening practice
and mimicking – Rénmíndàhuìtáng, The Great Hall of the People. What about
人民大会堂? 人民大会堂呢?

M: 人民大会堂在天安门的西边 Rénmíndàhuìtáng zài Tiān'ānmén de xībiān.

S: The National History Museum? 中国历史博物馆呢? Zhōngguó Lìshǐ Bówùguǎn


ne?

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M: 中国历史博物馆在天安门的东边 Zhōngguó Lìshǐ Bówùguǎn zài Tiān'ānmén de
dōngbiān.

S: Hěn hǎo. And, what is at the north side of Tiān'ānmén?

M: The Forbidden City. 故宫。故宫在天安门的北边 Gùgōng zài Tiān'ānmén de


běibiān.

S: Very good!

S: Ok, let's look at the new things. The biān in nánbiān or běibiān is the same
biān as in pángbiān and other position words we've learnt. It means 'side'.

M: So, now say with me, On the north side, 在北边 zài běibiān, on the south side
在南边 zài nánbiān, on the east side 在东边 zài dōngbiān, and what is 'on the west
side? Hěn hǎo. 在西边 zài xībiān.

S: And I said, 在北京的什么地方?shénme dìfang? 地方 DI FANG dìfang,


remember, means 'place'. What place, 什么地方 shénme dìfang?

M: Tiananmen is in the heart of Beijing. 天安门在北京的中心 zhōngxīn, literally,


'middle heart', and it means 'center' or 'heart of'. Now say, In the heart of
Beijing, 在北京的中心 zài Běijīng de zhōngxīn.

S: We also heard the names of some famous buildings around Tiananmen.

M: Like 前门, literally 'front gate' and one of the large gates remaining from the
old city wall.

S: And we'll finish learning the Chinese for the other places in our next lesson.

M: Till then, zàijiàn.

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