You’re in a cab after work and you want to ask the taxi driver if you can stop off quickly at a convenience store to grab a bite to eat and then continue on to your final destination.
I hopped into a local taxi here in China and asked the driver exactly how you’d say such a phrase. I really like asking local people here in China about local phrases because then you all know the local way to say it. It’s not textbook Chinese. It’s not university Chinese. It’s real-life Chinese, with accents and colloquialism. The Chinese you need to learn to connect with Chinese folk and have a more meaningful life here in China.
First things first
Driver, can you take me to a convenience store?
shī fu shòu lèi xiān géi wǒ zhǎo gè biàn lì diàn
I want to buy something to eat.
wǒ xiǎng mǎi diǎn chī de
Then go to the final destination.
rán hòu dào mù dì dì
Pay attention to your tones
Rewind the video as many times as you need to listen to my tones. Listen over and over again. Repeat out loud. Make flashcards. You’ll pick it up in no time.
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