Chinese Multimedia

Lesson 16

Video and text
Listening and speaking
Grammar exercises


Question: You are in the waiting room of a train station. Ask a fellow traveller politely if it is all right to sit beside him.

Hint 1 Hint 1   Use 劳 驾
Hint 2 Hint 2   The co-verb 在 clause is placed before the main verb 坐
Comments Answer  劳 驾, 请 问 在 这 儿 坐 一 会 儿 行 吗 ? Listen
Comments Comments  Alternatively: 对 不 起 我 能 在 这 儿 坐 一 下 吗
duì bu qǐ, wǒ néng zài zhèr zuò yíxià ma? The colloquial expression 劳 驾 láojià is used in Beijing, but is not much used in southern China. 对 不 起 duì bu qǐ is more widely accepted.
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