Lesson 23


On the Telephone

Dialogue 1

Informal telephone calls

Wèi nǐ hǎo
“Hello!”
喂,你好!  
 
Wèi nǐ hǎo
“Hello!”
喂,你好!
 
Qǐng wèn nǐ zhǎo shuí ?
“May I ask who you want to talk to?”
请问你找谁?
 
Wǒ shì tā de péng yǒu Stephen
“Is Liu Liang in? This is his friend, Stephen.”
刘亮在吗?我是他的朋友 Stephen 。
 
Shāo děng Bù hǎo yì sī tā bù zài
“Hold on, please. Sorry, he’s not in.”
稍等。不好意思,他不在。
 
Wǒ kě yǐ liú yán ma ?   
“Can I leave a message for him?”
我可以留言吗?
 
Dāng rán kě yǐ  
“Of course.”
当然可以 。

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Dialogue 2

Formal telephone calls

Wèi nín hǎo
“Hello!”
喂,您好!
 
Wèi nín hǎo Qǐng wèn wáng zǒng zài ma ?
“Hello! Is Manager Wang in?”
喂,您好!请问王总在吗?
 
Wǒ jiù shì nín shì nǎ wèi ?
“This is Wang. Who is that?”
我就是,您是哪位?
 
Wǒ shì ABC gōng sī de xiǎo zhāng
“This is Zhang from ABC company.”
我是 ABC 公司的小张。

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Dialogue 3

Wrong number

Wèi Jack?  
“Hello! Jack?”
喂, Jack? 
 
Bù shì nǐ dǎ cuò le
“This is not Jack. Wrong number.”
不是,你打错了。  
 
Duì bù qǐ
"Sorry"
对不起。  
 
Méi guān xì
“That’s all right.”
没关系。

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Vocabulary

wèi hello
zhǎo look for
shuí   who, whom
liú a Chinese surname
tā de his    他的
péng yǒu   friend    朋友
shāo a little bit  
děng wait, hold on
liú yán leave a message 留言
zǒng abbreviation of manager
jiù just, right   
xiǎo little, small
make, hit  
cuò wrong

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