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Chinese mini story – 推销员 The Salesman [Elementary Level] 1

Posted by Grace Feng on September 30, 2014

It’s been quite a while with no update on this site. Sorry my readers, I’m glad that I’m finally back with a story to tell.  No, not a story about me. It’s a story about how two salesmen crafted their sales technique and eventually sold their product. I’ll rate it as elementary level Chinese. As always, you can tell me if the rating is appropriate.

Now let’s get started…

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推销员  1

 

两个推销员走进一个小区。

高个儿推销员问矮个儿推销员,"师傅,我们今天的销售目标是多少?"

矮个儿回答,"零。"

高个儿愕然。他心想,"听人说,你是公司最棒的推销员,怎么会没有销售目标呢?"

他们走进一幢楼房。开始一户户敲门。

门开了,女户主一脸防备。

"女士,您好!"矮个儿说。

"我什么都不买,请走。"女户主欲关门。

"正好,我们也什么都不卖,我们只是来送免费的样品。"

女户主扬了扬眉毛,"什么样品?"

"万用清洁剂。"矮个儿说着,递过去一个精致的小瓶。女人接过来仔细看了看。

"如果你能帮我们一个忙,试用我们的产品,并且,在这份评估单上打分,我们会再送你一瓶,以示感谢。"矮个儿继续说。"你有一个星期的时间试用它。"

女户主欣然接过了测试单。

 

[pinyin]

tuīxiāoyuán  1

 

liǎng gè tuīxiāoyuán zǒujìn yī gè xiǎoqū。

gāo gèr tuīxiāoyuán wèn ǎigèr tuīxiāoyuán," shīfu, wǒmen jīntiān de xiāoshòu mùbiāoshì duōshao?"

ǎigèr huídá," líng。"

gāo gèr èrán。 tā xīnxiǎng," tīng rén shuō, nǐ shì gōngsī zuì bàng de tuīxiāoyuán,zěnme huì méiyǒu xiāoshòu mùbiāo ne?"

tāmen zǒujìn yī zhuàng lóufáng。 kāishǐ yī hù hù qiāomén。

mén kāi le, nǚ hùzhǔ yī liǎn fángbèi。

" nǚshì, nínhǎo!" ǎigèr shuō。

" wǒ shénme dōu bù mǎi, qǐng zǒu。" nǚ hùzhǔ yù guānmén。

" zhènghǎo, wǒmen yě shénme dōu bù mài, wǒmen zhǐshì lái sòng miǎnfèi deyàngpǐn。"

nǚ hùzhǔ yáng le yáng méimao," shénme yàngpǐn?"

" wàn yòng qīngjiéjì。" ǎigèr shuō zhe, dì guòqu yī gè jīngzhì de xiǎo píng。 nǚrénjiēguò lái zǐxì kàn le kàn。

" rúguǒ nǐ néng bāng wǒmen yī gè máng, shìyòng wǒmen de chǎnpǐn, bìngqiě, zàizhè fèn pínggū dān shàng dǎfēn, wǒmen huì zài sòng nǐ yī píng, yǐ shì gǎnxiè。" ǎigèrjìxù shuō。" nǐ yǒu yī gè xīngqī de shíjiān shìyòng tā。"

nǚ hùzhǔ xīnrán jiēguò le cèshì dān。

 

[vocabulary]

Chinese Trad. Pinyin English Definition
推销员 tuī xiāoyuán sales representative; salesperson
小区 xiǎo  neighborhood; district
师傅 shī fu master
销售 xiāo shòu to sell; to market; sales
目标  biāo target
愕然 è rán stunned; amazed
户主  zhǔ head of the household
防备 fáng bèi to guard against
正好 zhèng hǎo just (in time)
免费 miǎn fèi free (of charge)
样品 yàng pǐn sample; specimen
清洁剂 qīng jié  detergent; cleaning solution
精致 jīng zhì delicate; fine; exquisite
评估 píng  to evaluate; to assess
欣然 xīn rán gladly; cheerfully

[English]

The Salesman  1

Two salesmen walked into a neighbourhood.

The tall one asked the short one,”Sir, what is our sales target today?”

The short one said, “Zero.”

The tall one was surprised. He thought,”People said that you are the best salesman. How could you not have a sales target?”

They entered a building and started to knock door to door.

The door was open, the house owner appeared with cautious look.

“How are you, Madam!” The short one said.

“I don’t want to buy anything, please leave.” She told them that while closing her door.

“That’s about right, we are not selling anything either. We’re here to give out free samples.”

The woman raised her eyebrow, “What sample is it??”

“All purpose cleansing solution.” He passed on an elegant-looking bottle to the woman. She took it in her hand and checked on it carefully.

“If you can do us a favour and test the product for us, fill the test report, we will give you a second free sample to show our appreciation.” The short one continued. “You got a week’s time to test it.”

The woman happily accepted the test.

 

To be continued …

 

To navigate other chapters of short story "推销员", click here:

 

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12 Responses to “Chinese mini story – 推销员 The Salesman [Elementary Level] 1”

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    Debbie T:

    10-05-2014 4:01 pm

    I’m glad you are back as well! You obviously put so much work into this site – thank you very much. I find reading stories in Chinese really helpful to improve my character recognition and help me to become familiar with grammar.

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      Grace Feng:

      10-06-2014 2:46 pm

      Glad to know that and glad to be back!

      Thanks, Debbie.

      Grace

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    Sophia:

    11-02-2014 11:37 am

    Hi Grace,
    Do you happen to have the audio for this story? It would be extremely helpful to hear the correct pronunciations! Thank you for your website.

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      Grace Feng:

      11-03-2014 8:58 pm

      Hi Sophia, I don’t happen to have the audio, but I just made one for each post. :-)

      They are all uploaded now, let me know if you have any questions.

      Hope you enjoy your reading time on JLC!

      Grace

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    创统:

    06-13-2015 11:19 am

    你好, Grace. 这个故事的声音非常小, 听不见啊!

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      Grace Feng:

      06-13-2015 5:59 pm

      对不起,这个故事的录音文件声音是比较小,把音量调到最大才行。你如果调到最大还不行, 就回来说一声。 我看能不能改善一下。

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        Grace Feng:

        06-14-2015 4:29 am

        音量已加大, 重新上传, 你能听到了吗?

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          创统:

          06-16-2015 1:28 pm

          声音现在大一点但还挺小. 反正谢谢啊.

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    Batman:

    09-05-2015 3:26 pm

    “一幢楼房”
    “一栋楼房”
    “一座楼房”
    都可以吗?

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    zahidfarhad:

    07-04-2016 8:08 pm

    Hi grace I am from Pakistan.as china is working with Pakistan on economic corridor.my govt started to launch short Chinese courses.as I wind this news so like a efficient donkey pulled my legs in one.at start we were 150 guys but gradually the balloon started shrinking.at mid we were 10.but being dheet I clinged to it but at final I was the only warrior.flip side was this is so difficult.but thanks God by your sight help I am learning a lot but spoken is still a prob.any advice please do tell me.Zahid English literature tutor.

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      Grace Feng:

      07-06-2016 1:25 am

      Hi Zahidfarhad, you can have a look under “Chinese learning tips” to find the posts about how to improve speaking skills.

      Cheers,

      Grace

      Reply

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