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Learn Chinese L22: How delicious the mooncakes are!

 From:中国国际广播电台 
Dachuan is reading books in the library when Sun Dawei approaches Dachuan and tells him that today is a traditional Chinese holiday.
[1] Dialogues & Explanations
[2] Curtural tips

Dachuan is reading books in the library when Sun Dawei approaches Dachuan and tells him that today is a traditional Chinese holiday.

Dialogue One

dà chuān  nǐ zhī dào jīn tiān  shì  zhōng  qiū jié ma
大  川, 你 知  道  今  天  是  中   秋 节  吗?
Dachuan, did you know that today is Mid-Autumn Festival?
zhōng qiū jié shì  shén me
中   秋 节  是  什  么?
What do you mean by Mid-Autumn Festival?
zhōng qiū jié shì zhōng guó de chuán tǒng  jié  rì
中   秋 节  是  中  国  的  传   统  节 日,
shì  tuán yuán  de jié  rì zán men jīn tiān  qù
是  团  圆  的 节 日。咱  们  今 天  去
zhāng  lǎo shī jiā guò zhōng qiū jié ba
张   老  师  家 过   中   秋 节 吧!
Mid-Autumn Festival is a traditional festival and a holiday for family re-unions. Let's go find Mr. Zhang and spend the day with him.
hǎo a
好  啊!
Ok.
Dialogue Two
zhè  shì  shén  me
这  是  什  么?
What's this?
zhè  shì yuè  bǐng zhōng qiū jié wǒ  men
这  是  月  饼。  中   秋 节 我  们
dōu shǎng yuè  chī yuè bǐng
都   赏   月, 吃 月  饼。
This is mooncake. On Mid-Autumn Day we admire the moon while eating mooncakes.
yuè liang zhēn hǎo kàn yuè bǐng zhēn hǎo chī
月  亮  真  好  看, 月  饼  真  好  吃!
The moon is so nice and the mooncake is so delicious!
hǎo chī nǐ  jiù duō chī diǎnr
好  吃 你 就  多  吃  点儿。
Eat as much as you'd like.

Explanation of difficult points

1. 咱们
"咱们" (zán men) means "we", but implies that all the people in the conversation are included in the "we", as opposed to "我们" (wǒ men), which does not specify exactly to whom "we" is referring.

2. 过
"过" (guò) in this case means "to spend/pass through/experience". This is usually used to talk about spending a special day or holiday. For example, "今天我和父母过生日。" (jīn tiān wǒ hé fù mǔ guò shēng rì) means "Today I spent my birthday with my parents."

3. 好……
In this context "好" (hǎo) means that somebody feels good because of the verb. For example: "好看" (hǎo kàn, good looking), "好吃" (hǎo chī, tasty), "好玩" (hǎo wán, amusing/interesting).

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