Hello everybody, and welcome to ChinesePod. I’m Joy.
And I’m Joe. Today we’re going to talk about free food! Yes, which is the best food. Yes, and specifically we’re going to talk about visiting a new restaurant and trying out new things. What tone change are we going to talk about, though? We’re going to speak about the tone change
related to the word One. Because if you pair 一 with other words, for example a fourth tone together, then it becomes the second tone. So for example The same. But if you pair it with a second tone or with a third tone, then 一 becomes the fourth tone. So for example… One year. Okay so we’re going to look at all those tone changes, pay attention to them in the dialogue. So now that we’ve seen the dialogue,
let’s break it down line by line. Okay, so we have two friends visiting a restaurant and at least for one of them it’s the very first time. So the first sentence says… And we have our first word “一”, but there’s actually no tone change, but why not? Yeah that can be a bit confusing actually, because when you look at the rule 一 + fourth tone, it should be 一次 but here it’s not because we
have the word “第” in front of it. Together means “the first”. So as an ordinal number, here the “一” stays in the first tone. So even if you pair it with a fourth tone or something else, together in this combination it always stays So And I’m going to give you a few more words with “第一”. So what can we say – oh, if I can say you’re number one. Oh, number one. Something like wow You’ve got first place, congratulations. “第一” can also be paired with the first day. Do we have a sentence for that, maybe? Oh, I have a story, it’s a sad story. Okay. Okay, that’ sad. And then it rained every other day after that. Oh, where was that, probably London or something. Yes, exactly. The next sentence says… So you have two words with 一 The first one is which is… 直…so 一直 four-two And “一直” means – actually, literally, it’s “one straight”. It means “continuing to do something” or “constantly”. For example we can say Always crying. Continuously, never stopping, or Laughing continuously. Because you’re very tired, so you’re sleeping 16 hours. And the next one is… Let’s try it and see. Yeah “just try it, why don’t you?” It’s kind of like that. A suggestive phrase. Why don’t you 试一试 Try one try. Actually, I’ve heard “try try see”. Try try see. Okay. But for “试一试”, if I say that really quick it’s gonna not sound like “一” with the second tone, it’s gonna sound like the fifth tone. So that’s gonna be Now I’m going to give you some more words that are verbs where you can put “一” in the middle to indicate “just do that for a bit”. Okay, for example you can say… It’s like “oh I don’t know if I want to buy it or not.” and then Joe says… Like “let’s see a bit”. We’ll check it out. See, see, try try see. 试试看 Okay, I have another one. Let’s ask, so I can say… So when can we use that? Ask a question…maybe if we don’t know where like… where the train station is or something? And then you can make a proposal
like “oh let’s ask, try asking”. Okay, so I can say… Let’s ask and see. Okay, and we also have one which is… Oh, like talk for a… here can actually be “a bit”, right? Yeah, let’s chat for a bit. Because this “一” sometimes means “a bit”, “try something”, “do it briefly”… So is… “to talk a little bit” maybe. So maybe…I have a problem… Well, let’s figure out what’s wrong. When we combine verbs with “一” in the middle like It means to carry out something for a short while and sometimes it can more mean “do something effortless”, “do something for a bit”, or even “to try something”. So the next sentence… So we have That’s three words put together. And we have a tone change for that. Oh yeah, because we have “点” here which is the third tone, so together with “一”, you have to change the “一” to the fourth tone. So it becomes… Okay, let’s make some sentences for So 一点儿 is like “a bit”. So for example, I can say… I’m sorry, I’m a quicker walker
You’re German. German walks quickly. 走慢一点儿 Please walk a bit slower. What else can we say? Oh, oh, I have one. 只有一点儿…. Yeah… So I’m a little bit tired. Or you can say… It could be followed with any description. means “a bit”. but depending on whether you put it in front or after an adjective for example, it changes the meaning slightly. When you say for instance… it means “a bit slower”. and when you say… it means “a bit slow”. The next sentence says… So we have the unit How does the tone change work for this one? So “大” is fourth tone, so
you have to change the “一” to a second tone. So that’s a “big plate of”. So “盘” is a unit word that’s a noun, and in the dialogue we had… That’s stir-fried rice. Or we can say… Stir-fried noodles. Or my favorite one… Stir-fried rice noodles. Ah, I have another one. When parents feed their babies or kids, they want to make them eat rice, they will probably say something like… 大口 Eat a bigger spoonful. 口, mouth or spoonful of. Okay, but what do kids like more than rice? Probably sweets. Yeah. So I can say… Okay, one big spoon of rice and then a big bag of sweets. I’m not sure whether that’s the best nutrition though. Probably not very good parenting. A good sentence, I think. Boo! You literally made me jump! Literally. And while Joe recovers,
let’s take a look at the dialogue again. Okay, so do you think these friends are going to get fat immediately? Probably not immediately, but if the plate was really that big then eventually they will become… They will gain weight probably. Especially with all the
oil that’s in this yummy Chinese food. Anyway, let’s review what we’ve learned today. Okay, today’s focus was on the tone changes together with the word “一”. So we had “一” as only a number, is the first tone. And we had that for example in… The first. So for example, the first day. Then we talked about the tone change when “一” comes together with a fourth tone, for example… A big plate of, when we talk
about all these amazing foods. And we paired up 点/点儿 together with 一 And here we have to change “一” to the fourth tone because “点” is the third tone. So it becomes 一点儿 For example we can say… A little bit slow. So as usual if you have any questions or comments or if you can make some sentences using the words and phrases we’ve talked about today, please do that down below. Thank you so much for joining us today. I’m Joy.
And I’m Joe. See you next time