Lesson One: Taking a Taxi(4)

2012-11-26 16:50:14    m.cri.cn    Web Editor: Hanyueling

(Dominic meets PK by the Bird's Nest Stadium.)

PK: Hey, what's up? You took up your time, huh?
Dominic: I know, I know, Beijing is a great city, but sometimes the traffic is crazy.
PK: That's true.
Dominic: Ah! Where is my phone?
PK: Don't look at me.
Dominic: I must have left it in the cab. What can I do?
PK: How about this right? We call it using my phone. Maybe the taxi driver would answer it.
Dominic: PK you are genius.
PK: You didn't know?

(Dominic rings his phone and the taxi driver answers.)

Dominic: 师傅,我的手机落您车上了。
Taxi driver: 好的,我马上给您送过去。

(Taxi driver returns the phone to Dominic.)

Taxi driver: 你好,这是您的手机。
Dominic: 非常感谢你,非常感谢。
Taxi driver: 没事,没事,再见。

Dominic: Actually, we are lucky this time because you could always call your own phone. But what happens if you lose something else like a wallet or a watch? This is another reason why it is a good idea to collect your receipt when you get out of the taxi. Every receipt has a contact detail of the taxi company. So you just need to give this to a Chinese person, explain the problem and they can call on your behalf.

Dominic: So today we see not only how to get a taxi in Beijing, we've also learned a few very useful phrases in the process.
PK: We've also learned not to leave your phone in a taxi.
Dominic: Yes, thank you PK. So let's have a recap of those phrases.


我要去鸟巢。 I would like to go to the Bird's Nest.

大概多少钱? Approximately how much is it?

师傅,我们到哪里了? Shifu, where are we now?

就停这儿吧。We can just stop here.

请给我发票。Please give me a receipt.

Dominic: Well I hope you find out useful. Don't forget, if you didn't catch all the Chinese, you can feel free to play the clip again later. I'm Dominic Swire. This is PK. See you next time. 再见。

Dominic: 再见。

Dominic: Hey PK, your Chinese is getting pretty good. You're going to have to give me some lessons…
PK: It's going to cost you…