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Mini-Test Answer: 拜年 (Bàinián)

Jan. 18, 2012

Beginner Level 初级 (chūjí)


The answer to the test is A.

Analysis:

A: “拜年 (bàinián)” means “paying a New Year’s visit.”

For example:

Míngtiān wǒ qù gěi péngyou bàinián.
明天        我 去 给    朋友      拜年。

 

Tomorrow I’ll be paying a New Year’s visit to my friends.

B: “拜访 (bàifǎng)” is Chinese for “to pay a visit/to visit.”

For example:

Zhège xīngqīliù, wǒ yào qù bàifǎng Wáng jīnglǐ.
这个     星期六,我 要   去   拜访      王     经理。

 

This Saturday I’m going to visit Manager Wang.

C: “打电话 (Dǎ diànhuà)” means “to make a phone call.”

For example:

Nǐ huílái hòu, qǐng gěi tā dǎ yíge diànhuà.
你 回来 后, 请    给 他 打一个 电话。

 

Please call him after you return.

Culture Note:

拜年 (bàinián) Paying a New Year’s visit” is a traditional custom in Chinese culture. People often dress in their new clothes to “拜年 (bàinián) pay a New Year’s visit” to their friends and family. Currently new technologies allow us to do the same through new mediums, such as “电报拜年 (diànbào bàinián) to wish somebody a happy New Year via telegram,” or “电话拜年 (diànhuà bàinián) to wish somebody a happy New Year through a phone call.” 

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