FSI Mandarin

Transportation, unit 4

Target list

我想去台南玩几天。I'm thinking of going to Tainan to relax for a few days.
Wǒ xiǎng qù Táinán wán jitiān.
你说是坐火车去好呢,还是坐公路局去好呢? Would you say it's better to go by train or to go by bus?
Nǐ shuō shi zuò huǒchē qu hǎo ne, háishì zuò Gōnglùjú qu hǎo ne?
坐火车去好。 到台南去坐公路局不大方便。It's better to go by train. To go to Tainan, it's not very convenient to take the bus.
Zuò huǒchē qu hǎo. Dào Táinán qù zuò Gōnglùjú bú dà fāngbian.
坐火车得先买票吗?你最好两三天以前去买票。If I take the train, is it necessary to buy tickets ahead of time? It would be best for you to to buy your tickets two three days ahead of time.
Zuò huǒchē děi xiān mǎi piào ma? Nǐ zuìhǎo liǎngsāntiān yǐqián qù mǎi piào.
坐公路局呢? 不必先买票。And if I take the bus? It's not necessary to buy tickets ahead of time.
Zuò Gōnglùjú ne? Bú bì xiān mǎi piào.
你要坐什么时候的车?我要坐上午的车。What train do you want to take? I want to take morning train.
Nǐ yào zuò shénme shíhoude chē? Wǒ yào zuò shàngwǔde chē.
对不起,上午的票都卖完了I'm sorry, the tickets for the morning trains are all sold out.
Duìbuqǐ, shàngwǔde piào dōu màiwán le.

Vocabulary

不必【bùbì】 need not; not have to.
【chuán】 boat; ship.
地铁【dìtiě】 subway; metro.
地下火车【dìxià huǒchē】 underground train; subway
方便【fāngbiàn】 convenient; <informal> go to the lavatory; <humble> have money to spare or lend.
公路局【gōnglùjú】 Bureau of Highways (ROC)
火车【huǒchē】 train
两三【liǎngsān】 two or three
卖完了【màiwánle】 sold out
玩(儿)【wán(r)】 play; have fun; amuse oneself
·完【·wán】 finish; complete; be over
【xiān】 earlier; before; first; in advance
最好【zuìhào】 best; first-rate; had better; it would be best.
划船【huá chuán】 row a boat
散步【sànbù】 take a walk; go for a walk; go for a stroll.
【shān】 hill; mountain; anything resembling a mountain; bushes in which silkworms spin cocoons.
【shuǐ】 water; river; a general term for rivers, lakes, seas, etc.;
游泳【yóuyǒng】 swim.