Reading, Listening and Speaking practice 2

Posted by Grace Feng on January 23, 2012

First of all, 祝大家春节好 (zhù dàjiā Chūnjié hǎo)! (Happy Chinese new year to you all!)

Today is Chinese New Year. A year of “龙(lóng) – dragon“. Or in traditional Chinese character as shown in color red in the art work on the right side. I believe it’s a good time to share some interesting Chinese tradition with you in this practice. Hope you can smell the aroma of festival food together with me and being inspired by the new year spirit as well.

I’ll show you the conversation between the members of a Chinese family when they get together for a 年夜饭 (nián yè fàn) – Chinese New Year Eve dinner. You can use the conversation and knowledge you learned from the practice in your own real world or online conversation around Chinese New Year topic as well. Remember, practice what you’ve learned as much as possible. That is the only way to improve your language to a new level.

It is recommended to complete lesson 1 – 11 before you study this practice.

Now let’s begin…

lǐ yún yī shēng xìng fú
李云 (Chinese name)
医生 (doctor)
 幸福 (happy)
jiā tíng xiān sheng jiǔ diàn
 家庭 (family)
 先生 (husband)
酒店 (hotel)
jīng lǐ kě ài nǚ ér
 经理 (manager)
 可爱 (lovely)
 女儿 (daughter)
chú xī qǐng jià méi yǒu
 除夕 (eve)
 请假 (ask for leave)
 没有 (don’t have)
shàng bān yào fù mǔ
上班 (go to work)
 要 (want)
nián yè fàn tū rán diàn huà
 年夜饭 (New Year’s family dinner)
突然 (suddenly)
 电话 (phone)
xiǎng qǐ lai ná qǐ
 响 (ring)
 起来 (up)
 拿起 (pick up)
wèi zhǎo zhōu yáng
喂 (Hello)
 找 (look for)
 周杨 (Chinese name)
lǎo gong néng jiē
老公 (husband)
 能 (could)
 接 (pick up, get)
gěi mǎi lǐ wù
 给 (give)
 买 (buy)
 礼物 (gift)
zuì xīn chū bǎo jiàn pǐn
最新 (latest)
出 (out)
 保健品 (health care product)
xíng gēn xiǎng
行 (OK)
 跟 (with)
想 (think)
yī yàng yī jiā
一样 (same)
 一家 (the whole family)


Scene 1  Li Yun’s home

lǐ yún shì yī gè yīshēng. tā yǒu yī gè xìngfú de jiātíng. tā de xiānsheng shì yī gè jiǔdiàn de jīnglǐ. tāmen yǒu yī gè kě’ài de nǚ’ér Lìlì.

李云是一个医生. 她有一个幸福的家庭. 她的先生是一个酒店的经理. 他们有一个可爱的女儿丽丽.


jīntiān shì chúxī, lǐ yún qǐngjià zài jiā, méiyǒu shàngbān. tāmen yījiā wǎnshang yào qù lǐ yún de fùmǔ jiā chī niányèfàn.

今天是除夕, 李云请假在家, 没有上班. 他们一家晚上要去李云的父母家吃年夜饭.


tūrán, diànhuà xiǎng le qǐlai. lǐ yún náqǐ diànhuà:

突然, 电话响了起来. 李云拿起电话:


“ wèi? zhǎo shéi ā?”

“喂? 找谁啊?”


“ jiù zhǎo nǐ! wǒ shì zhōu yáng.”

“就找你! 我是周杨.”


“ lǎogong, shénme shìr?”

“老公, 什么事儿?”


“ nǐ néng qù xuéxiào jiēxià Lìlì ma? wǒ qù gěi fùmǔ mǎi lǐwù.”

“你能去学校接下丽丽吗? 我去给父母买礼物.”


“ xíng! nǐ xiǎng hǎo mǎi shénme lǐwù le ma?”



“ mǎi zuìxīn chū de bǎojiàn pǐn ba!”



“ xíng! gēn wǒ xiǎng dé yīyàng.


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[ translation ]

Li Yun is a doctor. She has a happy family. Her husband Zhou Yang is a hotel manager. They have a lovely daughter Li Li.

Today is Chinese New Year Eve, Li Yun take a day off to stay at home. Her whole family will have New Year’s family dinner at her parent’s house tonight.

Suddenly, the phone rings. Li Yun picked up the phone:

“Hello? Who you’re looking for?”

“You! I’m Zhou Yang.”

“Honey, what’s up?”

“Could you pick up Li Li after school today? I’ll go buy some gifts for our parents.”

“Sure! Have you decided what to buy for the gifts?

“How about some latest health care product?”

“Great! I’m thinking about the same thing.”


If you have any questions about this article, go ahead leave your questions in the comment, I’ll reply you within 24 hours.

Scene 3 and 4 will be posted soon in the next few days, stay tuned…


Related posts:

Lesson 14 How to count things in Chinese
Reading, Listening and Speaking practice 4
Reading, Listening and Speaking practice 16


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8 Responses to “Reading, Listening and Speaking practice 2”

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    02-11-2012 1:05 am

    Hi Grace,
    You need to install some anti spam comment plugins.
    I used to have a lot of spam comments before. Have a good weekend to you.


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      02-11-2012 3:54 am

      You’re definitely right, Shu.

      Do you have any recommendation for a plugin or something? At meantime, I’ll enable the one I just installed.

      Thanks …



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    02-11-2012 10:12 pm

    The one you are using is good, akismet is good too.
    Have good weekend.


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      02-13-2012 4:10 am

      Thanks Shu, the spam is getting quiet now. You too have a nice weekend!


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    12-30-2014 3:10 am

    Dear Grace

    I have one point, I don’t understand. In your essay show the name of person in Chinese name. I can’t notice the name of person like 丽丽,cuz I think it is a Chinese word if I don’t read your translation in English. How can I notice or remark the name of Chinese person? In English, I can remark it by capital letter. Or some time they show the word After the word Mr. , Mrs, or Ms… Example: Ms. Margaret or Margaret.
    Thank you so much.


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      Grace Feng:

      12-30-2014 4:05 pm

      Hi Chanden, unfortunately there’s no obvious mark in Chinese to help you recognize name of a person without checking the context.

      That being said, name of a person usually appears as either the subject or the object in a sentence. For a native reader, it’s easier to tell it’s a name since otherwise the sentence doesn’t make sense. For learners that are still building their vocabulary, they might not be confident enough to tell the name is a name, not anything else.

      Let me see if I can give you some advice of use here:

      In most cases, a person’s name is first introduced with a title in a story. Such as “my Aunt Lili”, “the school principle Lili” etc. If you read the story page by page, it should not be an issue to figure out.

      For short form reading as in news, or example sentences as in my lessons, there’s no formal introduction of a person’s name, then you might need a bit analytical thinking. Let’s say the name is X. Should X be a person or a thing? Does X has meaning of its own (via dictionary lookup). If X is not a usual word, but should be a person, then very likely it’s a name.

      Again, the more you read, the easier it gets. :-)



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        12-31-2014 4:38 am

        Dear Grace
        Thank your so much. I must try to read more and more. Happy New Year. :)


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