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Conversation 1 : Do you prefer Chinese or Western-style food?

-
xǐhuān
喜欢
chī
Zhōngcān,
中餐,
háishì
还是
Xīcān ?
西餐?
-
fēicháng
非常
xǐhuān
喜欢
chī
Zhōngcān.
中餐。
-
zuì
xǐhuān
喜欢
chī
shénme ?
什么?
-
zuì
xǐhuān
喜欢
chī
jiǎozi.
饺子。
中餐Zhōngcān(n)Chinese food
西餐Xīcān(n)Western-style food
非常fēicháng(adv)very, extremely
zuì(adv)most, -est
饺子jiǎozi(n)dumpling

Translation

- Do you prefer Chinese or Western-style food? ( You like most eat Chinese food or Western-style food ? )
- I really like (to eat) Chinese food.
- What do you prefer? ( What do you like most eat ? )
- I like dumplings.

Conversation 2 : Have you ever eaten roast duck?

-
chī
guo
kǎoyā
烤鸭
méi
yǒu ?
有?
- Méi
chī
guo
hǎochī
好吃
ma ?
吗?
- Búcuò,
不错,
yīnggāi
应该
cháng
yi
cháng.
尝。
烤鸭kǎoyā(n)roast duck
好吃hǎochī(adj)delicious
不错búcuò(adj)not bad
应该yīnggāi(v)should, must
cháng(v)taste, try

Translation

- Have you ever eaten roast duck ?
- No, does it taste good? ( I haven't eaten, is it delicious ? )
- Not bad, you should try.

Conversation 3 : What kind of dish is it?

-
zhīdào
知道
shì
shénme
什么
cài
ma ?
吗?
- Zhè
shì
liángcài,
凉菜,
jiào
xiàjiǔcài.
下酒菜。
- Càidān
菜单
shàng
yǒu
shénme
什么
rècài ?
热菜?
- Yǒu
qīngcài,
青菜,
yú,
鱼,
ròu,
肉,
hǎixiān.
海鲜。
知道zhīdào(v)know
cài(n)dish
凉菜liángcài(n)cold dish
下酒菜xiàjiǔcài(n)cold dish
菜单càidān(n)menu
shàng(n)on
(adj)hot
热菜rècài(n)hot dish
青菜qīngcài(n)vegetables
(n)fish
ròu(n)meat, pork
(n)chicken
海鲜hǎixiān(n)seafood

Translation

- Do you know what kind of dish is it?
- This is a cold dish. Also called "down alcohol dish".
- What hot dishes are on the menu?
- There are vegetables, fish, pork, chicken and seafood.

Conversation 4 : What kind of food do you eat?

-
cháng
chī
shénme
什么
zhǔshí ?
主食?
- Mǐfàn
米饭
mántou.
馒头。
cháng(n)often
主食zhǔshí(n)staple food
米饭mǐfàn(n)cooked rice
馒头mántou(n)steamed bun

Translation

- What kind of food do you often eat?
- Rice and steamed bun.

Grammar

Question with 没有

In sentences with the aspect particle 过 (guo) the affirmative-negative form of a question is:
- 你 去 北京 没有Have you been to Beijing?
- 你 吃 饺子 没有Have you ever eaten dumplings?

Verb repetition : 尝一尝

Verb denoting action can be repeated. This device is usually employed when one wishes to indicate that the action is of a very short duration, to soften the tone or to make it sound relaxed or informal.
Example:
- 你 应该 尝一尝。 You should try.
- 你 应该 看一看 You should have a look.

Exercises : Substitution Drills

Exercise 1

-
xǐhuān
喜欢
chī
Zhōngcān
中餐
háishì
还是
Xīcān
西餐
?
-
fēicháng
非常
xǐhuān
喜欢
chī
Xīcān
西餐
.
法国餐FǎguócānFrench food
青菜qīngcàivegetables
fish
ròumeat, pork
chicken
海鲜hǎixiānsea food

Exercise 2

-
zuì
xǐhuān
喜欢
chī
shénme ?
什么?
-
zuì
xǐhuān
喜欢
chī
jiǎozi
饺子
面条miàntiáonoodles
烤鸭kǎoyāroast duck
牛肉niúròubeef
猪肉zhūròupork
羊肉yángyòulamb
xiāshrimp

Exercise 3

-
zhīdào
知道
zhè
shì
shénme
什么
cài
ma ?
吗?
- zhè
shì
liángcài
凉菜
tāngsoup
花生米huāshēngmǐshelled peanuts
包子bāozisteamed stuffed bun
香菇xiānggūmushroom
黄瓜huángguācucumber
西红柿xīhóngshìtomato
鸡蛋jīdànegg

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