Chinese Lesson 10: Can you play pingpong?

Sentence Pattern

你会打乒乓球吗?(Nǐ huì dǎ pīngpāngqiú ma?):
Can you play pingpong?
Words
1.会(huì):[auxiliary v.,v]can, would, to be able to
2.乒乓球(pīngpāngqiú):[n]table tennis, ping pong
3.但是(dànshì):however, but
4.太(tài):[adv]too
5.想(xiăng):[auxiliary v.,v]to feel like, would like,to want
6.当(dāng):[v]to work as, to be
7.北京(Běijīng):[proper n]Beijing(the capital of China)
8.奥运会(àoyùnhuì):[proper n]the Olympic Games
9.志愿者(zhìyuànzhě):[n]volunteer
10.当然(dāngrán):[adv]of course
11.所以(suŏyǐ):[conj]therefore
12.努力(nǔlì):[adv]try hard to
13.学习(xuéxí):[v]to study
14.汉语(hànyǔ):[n]Chinese
15.加油(jiāyóu):to make an extra effort; keep going

Background
Dachuan is strolling through the athletic fields on campus. Many students are doing sports. Suddenly a guy asks him to play ping pong. Dachuan happily agrees. To his surprise the guy is a master ping pong player.

Dialogue One
Nǐ huì dǎ pīngpāngqiú ma?
你会打乒乓球吗?
Do you play ping pong?

Wǒ huì, dànshì dǎ de bútài hǎo.
我会,但是打得不太好。
Yes, I can. But I’m not that good.

Méiguānxi. Wǒ dǎ de yě bù hǎo.
没关系。我打得也不好。
It doesn’t matter. Me neither.

Background
Dachuan and Li Mei see a huge billboard for the 2008 Beijing Olympics on the roadside.

Dialogue Two
Nǐ xiǎnɡ dānɡ Běijīnɡ àoyùnhuì de zhìyuànzhě mɑ?
你想当北京奥运会的志愿者吗?
Do you want to be a volunteer for Beijing Olympic Games?

Dānɡrán xiǎnɡ. Suǒyǐ wǒ yào nǔlì xuéxí hànyǔ.
当然想。所以我要努力学习汉语。
Yes, of course. So I must try hard to study Chinese.

Jiāyóu!
加油!
Keep going!

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