Eating is one of the essentials of life. Now and then we all like to eat certain things; maybe we suddenly want to eat a special vegetable or fruit. Going to the market or the shopping centre to shop for groceries is great fun as we can pick exactly what we fancy. Join in the conversation in Mandarin Chinese and select what you feel like eating today!
In this Podcast, you will learn:
(i) To summarise what you want to buy at the market
(ii) How to list down the items of fruit and vegetables you plan to buy
Two people are making plans to go shopping for groceries:
(Zài cài shì chǎng)
(at the food market)
A: Zán men mǎi shén me cài?
What groceries do we need to buy?
B: Wǒ liè le gòu wù dān, yǒu, 5 tóu suàn, yī kuài jiāng, yī kǔn bō cài, 20 gè jī dàn, bàn jīn xiǎo bái cài, zài lái jǐ tiáo huáng guā.
I have a shopping list. We need five garlic cloves, one piece of ginger, a bunch of spinach, 20 eggs, half a jin of pakchoi and some cucumbers.
A: Hái yào shuǐ guǒ me?
Do we need fruit?
B: Ó duì, hái děi mǎi shuǐ guǒ. Kě yǐ lái jǐ chuàn pú táo, jǐ gè píng guǒ.
Oh, yes, we need to buy some fruit. We can buy several bunches of grapes and a few apples.
A: Wǒ hái xiǎng chī xī guā.
I also want to eat watermelon.
B: Xíng a, zài mǎi yī gè xī guā.
Sure, buy one watermelon, too.
Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:
菜：literally means: vegetable
买菜：buy groceries, not only refers to buy vegetables
头：head, measuring word for garlic cloves
五瓣儿蒜：five cloves of garlic
斤：jin, measuring word of weight
条：a measuring word for any long and slim object
再来：and some … more
个：measuring word, used before an approximate number to make the sentence sound informal
In China, people don’t use ‘pound’ when they buy groceries, they use ‘jin’, which is a traditional Chinese unit of weight. 1 jin is 500 grams (half a kilo).
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