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Lesson 14 请问, 周小姐在哪里? Excuse me, where is Ms. Zhou?

请问 Qǐngwn Excuse Me / 地铁 dtiě Subway / 站 zhn station
/ 姓 xng Last name /

Qǐng is "please" and can be added to the beginning of any request or command to make it more polite.

问, wn is a verb that means "to ask". So together, 请问 Qǐngwn means "Please let me ask", the usage equivalent of "excuse me" or "pardon me" in English. You can add it to the front of any question to make it more polite.

gu means "expensive" but it also carries the loftier meaning of "worthwhile" or "honorable". For instance, when asking about someone's family name,姓 xng, it's often respectful to add 贵 gu in front of it.

Example sentences:

请问, 您 贵 姓? Excuse me, what is your last name?
Qǐngwn, nn gu xng?
Please ask, you-respected expensive last name?

请问, 你 的 学生 叫 什么 名字? Excuse me, what is your student's name?
Qǐngwn, nǐ de xusheng jio shnme mngzi?
Please ask, you of study-born called what name?

请问, 银行 在 哪里? Excuse me, where is the bank?
Qǐngwn, ynhng zi nǎli?
Please ask, silver-profession is which-inside?

请问, 周 小姐 在 哪里? Excuse me, where is Ms. Zhou?
Qǐngwn, Zhōu xiǎojiě zi nǎli?
Please ask, Zhou little-big-sister is which-inside?

请问, 学校 在 哪里? Excuse me, where is the school?
Qǐngwn, xuxio zi nǎli?
Please ask, study-school is which-inside?

请问, 你 有 词典 吗? Excuse me, do you have a dictionary?
Qǐngwn, nǐ yǒu cdiǎn ma?
Please ask, you have phrases-canon question?

请问, 地铁 站 在 哪里? Excuse me, where is the subway station?
Qǐngwn, dtiě zhn zi nǎli?
Please ask, earth-iron stand is which-inside?

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Dialogue:

A 请问, 厕所在哪里?
   Qĭngwn, csuŏ zi nălĭ?
   Excuse me, where is the restroom?

B 在那里。
   Zi nlĭ.
   Its there.

A 谢谢你。
   Xixi nĭ.
   Thank you.

B 不用谢 。
   B yng xi
   No need to thank me.

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