A Pronouncing and Defining Dictionary of the Swatow Dialect: by Adele Marion Fielde

By Adele Marion Fielde

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Note 2: cháng for weather and chfng for games are homographs, but note their different tones. e. a portion of a whole cake). (iii) Container lifng bbi chá san wfn fàn sì píng jij yc guàn niúnfi yc ting shuh yc zhudzi cài two cups of tea three bowls of (cooked) rice four bottles of wine a bottle of milk a pail/bucket of water a table laden with food 51 6 Measure words Note: Most containers occur as nouns themselves and then take on other measure words: lifng gè bbizi san zhc wfn sì gè píngzi two cups/glasses/mugs three bowls four bottles But yc gè guàntou does not mean ‘a can/tin’ in general, but specifically ‘a can/tin of food’.

Addressing a few visitors) 4 nh shì ycngguó rén ma Are you from Britain? 5 nhmen yào chc difnr dàngao ma ( difnr ‘a bit (of)’) Would you like some cake? 6 wi gòu le | xièxie nh ( gòu ‘enough’) I’m fine/I’ve had enough, thanks. 5 Decide whether wimen or in the following situations: zánmen should strictly be used 1 We must be off now. Goodbye. ziu le | zàijiàn 2 Let’s be friends. jiao gè péngyou ba 3 We would like some beer. Thank you. xhang hb difnr píjij | xièxie nín ( píjij ‘beer’) 4 I am Li. What’s your name?

Tens of) classmates did you invite to the party that evening? 44 Note 2: guo is an aspect marker indicating experience (see Unit 15). 6 Translate the following sentences into Chinese: 1 There are three oranges, two pears, a loaf of bread and a bottle of wine in the cupboard. 2 There is a bowl, a mug and a pair of chopsticks on the table. ( shuang ‘pair’) 3 There are half a dozen eggs, a kilo of Chinese cabbage and some ice-cream in the fridge. 4 There are two sweaters and twelve skirts in the wardrobe.

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