When you go shopping, you are always looking for the best price for the product you want. Whether its clothing, electronics or food that you are hunting for, everybody loves a good bargain! You can find a sign indicating a sale in China by finding the character “折 (zhé).” The character is derived from the phrase “折扣 (zhékòu).” So, an example of a discount written on a sign in China, would appear like this:
Whereas in America, a discount sign may appear like this:
To beginners, these signs may appear to mean the same thing. However, to experienced Chinese learners they are very different. Some Western shoppers may misunderstand “7 折 (qī zhé)” as “70 percent off” when they see the label in China. However, “7 折 (qī zhé)” is actually only 30 percent off. Confused? Check out an example conversation you may use at a shop in China:
Gùkè: Qĭngwèn zhè tiáo kùzi duōshăo qián?
顾客：请问 这 条 裤子 多少 钱？
Customer: Excuse me, how much are these pants?
Shòuhuòyuán: Yī băi sān shí yuán.
售货员： 130 元。
Shop assistant: 130 yuan.
Gùkè: Yŏu zhékòu ma?
顾客：有 折扣 吗？
Customer: Is there a discount?
Shòuhuòyuán: Xiànzài dǎ bā zhé.
售货员： 现在 打 八 折。
Shop assistant: I can give you a discount of 20% off.
1. Zhè jiàn yīfu yuánjià liǎngbǎi yuán, dǎ liù zhé.
这 件 衣服 原价 200 元， 打 6 折。
According to the above statement, how much would you pay for the clothes?
A. 200 yuan
B. 120 yuan
C. 80 yuan
2. Which of the following means to pay 30 percent of the price in China?
B. 5 折
C. 7 折
D. 9 折