We're excited to announce that 席爱娜 Xi Aina (Diana) has just published "Taking A Taxi", a new Beginner level Mandarin Chinese lesson, on Language Mentor! 

Lesson Script

Announcer:

Taking A Taxi
Da3 Chu1zu1che1
打出租车

A:

Sir, we go - Beijing Hotel.
Shi1fu, wo3men qu4 Bei3jing1 Fan4dian4.
师傅,我们去北京饭店。
Note: "Shi1fu" is a courteous form of address, used for service workers.

Announcer:

Ten Minutes Later
Shi2 fen1zhong1 hou4
十分钟后

Taxi Driver:

Here is Beijing Hotel.
Zher4 jiu4shi4 Bei3jing1 Fan4dian4.
这儿就是北京饭店。

Is this the place you want to go to?
Zher4 shi4 ni3 yao4 qu4 de1 di4fang1 ma?
这儿是你要去的地方吗?

A:

Actually, it's not, ...
Qi2shi2, bu2 shi4, ...
其实,不是,……

Sir, go forward more.
Shi1fu, zai4 wang3 qian2 zou3.
师傅,再往前走。

The first intersection, turn right, ...
Di4yi1 ge4 lu4kou3 you4guai3, ...
第一个路口右拐,……

go straight, the first traffic light, turn left.
yi4zhi2 zou3, di4yi1 ge4 hong2lv4deng1 zuo3guai3.
一直走,第一个红绿灯左拐。

Taxi Driver:

Okay.
Hao3de.
好的。

A:

Okay, it's here, stop.
Hao3, jiu4shi4 zher4, ting2.
好,就是这儿,停。

Taxi Driver:

Okay.
Hao3de.
好的。

A:

Could you give me a receipt?
Ke3yi3 gei3 wo3 fa1piao4 ma?
可以给我发票吗?

Taxi Driver:

Of course.
Dang1ran2 ke3yi3.
当然可以。
Note: Literally... of course ~ can


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