Category: phrases

办 /bàn/ means TO HANDLE, TO DEAL WITH

办 /bàn/ means TO HANDLE, TO DEAL WITH

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 公室 没有 人。THERE ARE NO PEOPLE IN THE OFFICE.

咱们 怎么 ? WHAT SHALL WE DO? (HOW shall WE DEAL with it?)

现在 没有 法。NOW WE CAN’T DO ANYTHING.

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办法 /bànfǎ/ is a METHOD (of HANDLING) – so METHOD

没办法 /méi bànfǎ/ or 没有办法 /méiyǒu bànfǎ/ is a way to say that we CAN’T DO ANYTHING about something

办公室 /bàngōngshì/ an OFFICE is a ROOM 室 /shì/ where we HANDLE 办 /bàn/ PUBLIC 公 /gōng/ affairs.

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More interactive flashcards and dynamic sentences related to 办 /bàn/ HERE

More interactive flashcards and dynamic sentences related to 法 /fǎ/ HERE

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Sentences based on sound similarities are in the section WORDPLAY

Essential phrases – Bargaining

Essential phrases – Bargaining

太贵了 /tài guì le/  (It’s) TOO EXPENSIVE!

   了 here accompanies 太

我不要了 /wǒ bù yào le/ I DON’T WANT IT (anymore).

   了 here indicates the change of state

给你便宜 /gěi nǐ piányi/ (I will) GIVE (it to) YOU CHEAPER.

一百块,怎么样 /yībǎi kuài, zěnme yàng/ 100 HOW ABOUT THAT?

    when we talk about price, we add the word 块 /kuài/ PIECE to the amount.

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This is just a side-product. 🙂

我该走了 /Wǒ gāi zǒu le/ I HAVE TO GO

我该走了 /Wǒ gāi zǒu le/ I HAVE TO GO

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该 /gāi/ is a short version of 应该 /yīnggāi/ SHOULD

走 /zǒu/ means TO WALK or TO LEAVE

了 /le/ indicates the CHANGE OF STATE (I didn’t have to go a while ago but now I do)

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/kuài yào dōngtiān le/

/kuài yào dōngtiān le/

快 /kuài/ means FAST

When we combine 快 /kuài/ with 要 /yào/ (which indicates a future tense), we say that something is about to happen in a short time.

了 /le/ indicates a CHANGE OF STATE

lit. translation could be also: WINTER IS COMING SOON