FSI Mandarin

Arranging a Meeting, unit 3

Target list

我想下个星期六请您到我们家来吃个便饭。您何必这么客气?I would like to invite you to come to our house for a simple meal on Saturday of next week. Why is it necessary to be so polite?
Wǒ xiǎng xiàgè Xīngqīliù qǐng nín dào wǒmen jiā lái chī ge biànfàn. Nín hébì zhème kèqi?
我有一个美国朋友在台湾大学教书。很想给你们两位介绍介绍。那太好了!I have an American friend who teaches at Taiwan university. I would very much like to introduce the two of you. That's wonderful!
Wǒ yǒu yige Měiguó péngyou zài Táiwān Dàxué jiào shū. Hěn xiǎng gěi nǐmen liǎngwèi jièshao jièshao. Nà tài hǎo le!
我很希望跟你朋友谈谈。不过,恐怕我的英文不行。I wish very much to talk with your friend. However I'm afraid that my English isn't good enough.
Wǒ hěn xīwang gēn nǐ péngyou tántan. Bùguò, kǒngpà wǒde Yīngwén bù xíng.
不但说的不好,有时候也听不懂。Not only don't I speak well, (but) sometimes I can't understand what I hear either.
Bùdàn shuō de bù hǎo, yǒushíhou yě tīngbùdǒng.
你说的跟美国人一样好。You speak as well as an American.
Nǐ shuōde gēn Měiguo rén yíyàng hǎo.
我没请什么人;很随便。那就先谢了。I haven't invited anyone special; it's very informal. Well then, I'll thank you in advance.
Wǒ méi qǐng shénme rén; hěn suíbiàn. Nà jiù xiān xiè le.

Vocabulary

便饭【biànfàn】 a simple (family) meal; potluck.
不但...也【bùdàn...yě】 not only... but also
不过【bùguò】 <adv.> only; merely; no more than; but; however; only.
不同【bùtóng】 not alike; different; distinct.
【chá】 tea; certain kinds of drink or liquid food.
吃饭【chīfàn】 eat; have a meal; keep alive; make a living.
但是【dànshì】 <conj.> but; yet; still; nevertheless.
而且【érqiě】 <conj.> .
【fàn】 cooked rice or other cereals; meal.
【hē】 drink; drink alcoholic liquor.
何必【hébì】 there is no need; why.
教书【jiāoshú】 teach school; teach.
恐怕【kǒngpà】 <adv.> I'm afraid; perhaps; I think.
随便【suíbiàn】 casual; random; informal; do as one pleases; careless; slipshod; wanton; wilful; arbitrary; anyhow; any.
太好了【tàihǎole】 very good.
听不懂【tīngbùdǒng】 cannot understand
听的懂【tīngdedǒng】 can understand
希望【xīwàng】 hope; wish; expect.
一样【yīyàng】 the same; equally; alike; as...as....
有时候【yǒushíhou】 sometimes.
参加【cānjiā】 join; attend; take part in; give.
打(个)电话【dǎ(ge)diànhuà】 to make a telephone call
好的多【hǎodeduō】 much better
听电话【tīngdiànhuà】 make a phone call.
烟火【yānhuǒ】 fireworks
游园会【yóuyuánhuì】 garden party, carnival
正好【zhènghǎo】 just in time; just right; just enough; happen to; chance to; as it happens.