FSI Mandarin

Arranging a Meeting, unit 8

Target list

喂,这是礼宾司。喂,我是莱登大使的秘书。Hello. This is the Protocol Department. Hello. I am Ambassador Leyden's secretary.
Wèi, zhèi shi Lǐbīnsī. Wèi, wǒ shi Láidēng Dàshǐde mìshū.
大使接着你们的请帖了。很可惜因为他有事,八月九号不能来。The ambassador received your invitation. Unfortunately, because of previous engagement, he cannot come on August 9.
Dàshǐ jiēzháo nǐmende qǐngtiě le. Hěn kěxī yīnwei tā yǒu shì, bāyuè jiǔhào bù néng lái.
请你转告乔部长。很抱歉。Please inform Minister Qiáo. I'm very sorry.
Qǐng ni zhuǎngào Qiáo Bùzhǎng. Hěn bàoqiàn.
很遗憾,他不能来。我替你转告一下。We very much regret that he cannot come. I will pass on the message for you.
Hěn yíhàn, tā bù néng lái. Wǒ tì ni zhuǎngào yíxià.
希望以后再找机会聚一聚吧。I hope that the later we will find another opportunity to get together.
Xīwàng yǐhòu zài zhǎo jīhui jùyijù ba.
真不巧,没办法去。I really couldn't make that; I have no way of going.
Zhēn bù qiǎo, méi bànfǎ qù.
我们有几个同学计划到长城去玩儿。A few of us students are planning to go to the Great Wall for an outing.
Wǒmen yǒu jige tóngxué jìhua dào Chángchéng qù wánr。

Vocabulary

办法【bànfǎ】 way; means; measure.
抱歉【bàoqiàn】 be sorry; feel apologetic; regret.
部长【bùzhǎng】 minister; head of a department (under the Party Central Committee).
长城【Chángchéng】 the Great Wall; impregnable bulwark.
大家【dàjiā】 great master; authority; all; everybody.
【jiē】 receive (mail, messages, guests, phone calls)
接到【jiēdào】 receive (letter etc.); come to hand.
【jù】 assemble; gather; get together.
聚一聚【jùyījù】 get together
可惜【kěxī】 it's a pity; it's too bad.
礼宾司【lǐbīnsī】 the Department of Protocol; the Protocol Department.
没办法【méibànfǎ】 no way out; it cannot be helped
秘书【mìshū】 secretary.
【qiǎo】 opportunely; coincidentally; as it happens
请帖【qǐngtiē】 invitation card; invitation.
【tì】 take the place of; relace; substitute for; for; on behalf of; <formal> decline.
同事【tóngshì】 work in the same place; work together; colleague; fellow worker.
同学【tóngxué】 be in the same school; be a schoolmate of sb.; fellow student; schoolmate; a form of address used in speaking to a student.
遗憾【yíhàn】 regret; pity.
应该【yīnggāi】 should; ought to; must.
转告【zhuǎngào】 pass on (word); communicate; transmit.
参加【cānjiā】 join; attend; take part in; give.
道喜【dàoxǐ】 congratulate sb. on a happy occasion.
第二天【dì'èr tiān】next day
经济部【jīngjìbù】 Ministry of Economics
军事演习【jūnshì yǎnxí】 military maneuvers
劳动模范【láodòng mófàn】 model worker
南部【nánbù】 southern part; south.
上校【shàngxiào】 colonel; captain; group captain.
听的出来【tīngdechūlai】recognize from sound
同学会【tóngxué huì】 alumni association
通知【tōngzhī】 (written) announcement; notify; inform; give notice; notice; circular.
谢谢他的邀请【xièxiè tāde yāoqǐng】thanks; thank you
政治学习【zhèngzhì xuéxí】 political study sessions
主持结婚【zhǔchí jiéhūn】 preside at a marriage ceremony (give the bride away)
总经理【zǒngjīnglǐ】 general manager.
蛋糕【dàngāo】 cake.
芝士【zhīshì】 cheese