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Chinese Nursery Rhyme: Make A Phone Call (Elementary)

Apr. 28, 2013

打电话 (dǎdiànhuà):Make a Phone Call

 

Lyrics:

Liǎngge xiǎo wáwa ya.
两个       小    娃娃  呀.

 

Two little kids.

Zhèngzài dǎ diànhuà ya.
正在         打    电话    呀。

 

Dialing on the phone.

Wèi wèi wèi.
 喂   喂  喂。

 

Hello, hello, hello.

Nǐ zài nǎlǐ ya?
你 在 哪里 呀?

 

Where are you?

Āi  āi  āi.
哎 哎 哎。

 

Hey, hey, hey.

Wǒ zài yòuéryuán.
我   在     幼儿园。

 

I’m at kindergarten.

Liǎngge xiǎo wáwa ya.
两个        小   娃娃  呀。

 

Two little kids.

Zhèngzài dǎ diànhuà ya.
正在         打    电话    呀。

 

Dialing on the phone.

Wèi wèi wèi.
喂    喂   喂。

 

Hello, hello, hello.

Nǐ zài zuò shénme?
你 在   做     什么?

 

What are you doing?

Āi  āi  āi.
哎 哎 哎。

 

Hey, hey, hey.

Wǒ zài xué chànggē.
我   在  学     唱歌。

 

I’m learning to sing.

Hey, kids! What do you think about the song? Do you like it? Have you ever made a phone call like the children in the above song? “Yes," you say, "I love it, but there are some words I don’t know.” Well, let me explain.

Words for explanation:

1. 打 ()

We always use 打 () in the following situations:

A. 打电话 (dǎ diànhuà): to make a phone call

 

B. 打扫卫生 (dásǎo wèishēng): to clean

 

C. 打篮球 (dǎ lánqiú):to play basketball

 

打羽毛球 (dǎ yǔmáoqiú): to play badminton

 

Note: When we say "to play football," we never say "打足球 (dǎ zúqiú)." Instead, we say "踢足球 (tī zúqiú)."

     Tā dǎ wǒ
D.他 打 我。

 

He hits me.

2. 电话 (diànhuà)

电话 (diànhuà) means phone.

Examples:

Diànhuà zài zhuōzi shang.
电话        在     桌子 上。

 

The phone is on the desk.

Wǒ zài gěi māma dǎ diànhuà.
  我 在   给   妈妈  打  电话。

 

I'm calling my mom.

3. 在 (zài)

This is a little word with a big meaning. We use it to describewhere somebody or something is.

Wǒ zài xuéxiào.
我   在   学校。

 

I’m at school.

Wǒ bàba zài jiā.
我   爸爸  在 家。

 

My father is at home.

Zhuōzi zài kètīng lǐ.
桌子     在  客厅  里。

 

The table is in the living room.

Exercises:

1. What’s the meaning of “打篮球 (dǎ lánqiú)?”_____

A. to hit a basketball

B. to play basketball

C. to kick a basketball

2. Which one of the followings means “My sister is in the living room”?______

A. 我姐姐在打电话。(Wǒ jiějie zài dǎ diànhuà.)

B. 我姐姐在客厅。(Wǒ jiějie zài kètīng.)

C. 我姐姐在吃饭。(Wǒ jiějie zài chīfàn.)

 

See answer

 

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