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Meeting Someone Through Texting in Chinese | Practical Chat Story - Beginner Level and Up

ASHLEY LABRIE

We’ve had a really great response to our previous “Chat Story” video series aimed at the Intermediate/Upper Intermediate level, so we wanted to design something with Beginner level students in mind!

First, check out this two-part video between a foreign exchange student from the US, Xiao Mei, and a Chinese student, Wen Wen, that are meeting for the first time through text! 

Try to see how much you can understand by reading the Chinese characters in the video (which includes pinyin hints while each person types).

Then, check out the full script under the video, to get the full breakdown of the conversation in Chinese characters, pinyin, and English!

Students that have completed our Beginner Conversational Course should be familiar with about 80% of the words and phrases used, and those that have finished our Intermediate Conversational Course should know around 90% of this content!

Part 1



文文:小美,你好!
wén wen: xiǎo měi  nǐ hǎo
Wen Wen: Hi, Xiao Mei!

文文:我是文文,白老师把你的手机号发给我了!
wén wen: wǒ shì wén wen  bái lǎo shī bǎ nǐ de shǒu jī hào fā gěi wǒ le
Wen Wen: I’m Wen Wen, Teacher Bai sent me your cell phone number!

文文:你是我们大学新来的留学生,是吧?
wén wen: nǐ shì wǒ men dà xué xīn lái de liú xué shēng  shì ba
Wen Wen: You’re a new student that’s come to study abroad at our university, right?

小美:你好,文文!
xiǎo měi: nǐ hǎo  wén wen
Xiao Mei: Hi, Wen Wen!

小美:是的,我是昨天下午到的!
xiǎo měi: shì de  wǒ shì zuó tiān xià wǔ dào de
Xiao Mei: Yes, I arrived yesterday afternoon!

小美:白老师跟我说你会联系我,很高兴认识你!
xiǎo měi: bái lǎo shī gēn wǒ shuō nǐ huì lián xì wǒ  hěn gāo xìng rèn shi nǐ

Xiao Mei: Teacher Bai told me you would be contacting me, it’s nice to meet you!


文文:我也是!
wén wen: wǒ yě shì 
Wen Wen: Same!

文文:你是哪国人呢?
wén wen: nǐ shì nǎ guó rén ne
Wen Wen: Which country are you from?

小美:我是美国人,我家住在纽约!
xiǎo měi: wǒ shì měi guó rén  wǒ jiā zhù zài niǔ yuē
Xiao Mei: I’m American, my home is in New York.

文文:是吗?我以前还去过纽约呢!
wén wen: shì ma  wǒ yǐ qián hái qù guo niǔ yuē ne
Wen Wen: Really? I have been to New York before!

文文:那里的披萨太好吃了,哈哈!
wén wen: nà lǐ de pī sà tài hǎo chī le  hā ha
Wen Wen: The pizza there is so good, haha!

小美:真的啊,那太好了!是的,我也喜欢吃纽约的披萨,哈哈!
xiǎo měi: zhēn de a  nà tài hǎo le  shì de  wǒ yě xǐ huan chī niǔ yuē de pī sà  hā ha
Xiao Mei:  Really, that’s great! Yeah, I like the pizza in New York too, haha!

小美:你是哪里人呢?
xiǎo měi: nǐ shì nǎ lǐ rén ne
Xiao Mei: Where are you from?

文文:我是上海人!
wén wen: wǒ shì shàng hǎi rén
Wen Wen: I’m from Shanghai!

文文:毕业以后就来北京了,在这里住了三年了。
wén wen: bì yè yǐ hòu jiù lái běi jīng le  zài zhè lǐ zhù le sān nián le
Wen Wen: After graduating I came to Beijing, I’ve been living here for three years.

小美:哇,我很想去上海玩儿呢!
xiǎo měi: wā  wǒ hěn xiǎng qù shàng hǎi wánr ne
Xiao Mei: Wow, I really want to go to Shanghai to have fun/travel!

小美:那你是大三吗?
xiǎo měi: nà nǐ shì dà sān ma
Xiao Mei: Then are you a junior?

文文:是的!
wén wen: shì de
Wen Wen: Yeah!

文文:我今年二十一岁,应该算是你的学姐吧, 哈哈。
wén wen: wǒ jīn nián èr shí yī suì  yīng gāi suàn shì nǐ de xué jiě ba  hā ha
Wen Wen: I’m 21 years old this year, I probably count as your senior, haha.

小美:哈哈,是啊,我今年二十岁了,就差一岁!
xiǎo měi: hā ha  shì a  wǒ jīn nián èr shí suì le  jiù chà yí suì
Xiao Mei: Haha, yeah, this year I’m 20 years old, off by just one year!

文文:哈哈,那你可以叫我文文姐!
wén wen: hā ha  nà nǐ kě yǐ jiào wǒ wén wen jiě 
Wen Wen: Haha, then you can call me Older Sister Wen Wen

Part 2



文文:你现在住哪儿呢?宿舍吗?
wén wen: nǐ xiàn zài zhù nǎr ne  sù shè ma
Wen Wen: Where are you staying right now? In the dorms?

小美:对,我就住在我们学校的留学生宿舍,昨天刚入住的!
xiǎo měi: duì  wǒ jiù zhù zài wǒ men xué xiào de liú xué shēng sù shè  zuó tiān gāng rù zhù de
Xiao Mei: Yeah, I live right in the dorms for students studying abroad at the university, I just moved in yesterday!

文文:哦哦,不错!
wén wen: o o  bú cuò 
Wen Wen: Oh, that’s good!

文文:那如果你有空的话,我们明天中午见一下,一起吃个饭吧!
wén wen: nà rú guǒ nǐ yǒu kòng de huà  wǒ men míng tiān zhōng wǔ jiàn yi xia  yì qǐ chī ge fàn ba
Wen Wen: Then if you have time, let’s meet tomorrow afternoon, and have a meal together!

文文:我也可以带你看一下我们的校区!
wén wen: wǒ yě kě yǐ dài nǐ kàn yi xia wǒ men de xiào qū 
Wen Wen: I can also take you to see our campus!

小美:好啊,我明天没什么事!
xiǎo měi: hǎo a  wǒ míng tiān méi shén me shì
Xiao Mei: OK, I don’t have anything to do tomorrow!

文文:好的!你习惯吃中餐吗?
wén wen: hǎo de  nǐ xí guàn chī zhōng cān ma
Wen Wen: OK! Are you used to eating Chinese food?

文文:我们学校附近有一家饭店,他们做的菜非常好吃!
wén wen: wǒ men xué xiào fù jìn yǒu yì jiā fàn diàn  tā men zuò de cài fēi cháng hǎo chī
Wen Wen: There’s a restaurant next to our school, the food they cook is really delicious!

文文:你没问题的话,我们可以去那里吃!
wén wen: nǐ méi wèn tí de huà  wǒ men kě yǐ qù nà lǐ chī
Wen Wen: If you’re OK with it, we can go there to eat!

小美:习惯!可以啊,那我们在饭店见面吗?
xiǎo měi: xí guàn  kě yǐ a  nà wǒ men zài fàn diàn jiàn miàn ma
Xiao Mei: I’m used to it! That works, then will we meet at the restaurant?

文文:你应该对校区不太熟悉吧,我还是在留学生宿舍外面等你吧!
wén wen: nǐ yīng gāi duì xiào qū bú tài shú xī ba  wǒ hái shì zài liú xué shēng sù shè wài miàn děng nǐ ba
Wen Wen: You’re probably not too familiar with the campus, it would be better if I wait for you outside the dorms for students studying abroad!

文文:饭店离那里很近,我们可以一起走过去!
wén wen: fàn diàn lí nà lǐ hěn jìn  wǒ men kě yǐ yì qǐ zǒu guo qu
Wen Wen: The restaurant is close to there, we can walk over together!

小美:好啊!
xiǎo měi: hǎo a
Xiao Mei: OK!

小美:那辛苦你了!
xiǎo měi: nà xīn kǔ nǐ le
Xiao Mei: Then sorry to trouble you!

小美:那我们明天中午十二点见面,可以吗?
xiǎo měi: nà wǒ men míng tiān zhōng wǔ shí èr diǎn jiàn miàn  kě yǐ ma
Xiao Mei: Then let’s meet tomorrow afternoon at 12:00 noon, is that OK?

文文:没问题!
wén wen: méi wèn tí
Wen Wen: No problem!

文文:那我们明天中午十二点见!
wén wen: nà wǒ men míng tiān zhōng wǔ shí èr diǎn jiàn
Wen Wen: Well then see you tomorrow at 12:00 noon.

小美:好的,明天见!
xiǎo měi: hǎo de  míng tiān jiàn
Xiao Mei: OK, see you tomorrow!

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Ashley Labrie helps with all things academic at Yoyo Chinese. She has been learning Chinese for many years and has lived in China, where she first fell in love with the language and culture.

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