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Level 3 Lesson 2.3 – Conversation & Story

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HSK 3 + Listening and Reading Practice Materials

In this part of the lesson, we will be practicing the vocabulary and grammar that we've learned in Lesson 2.1 and Lesson 2.2. There are two separate listening and reading practice materials:

  1. CONVERSATION → 《张爷爷和方奶奶在打电话》
  2. STORYTELLING →《九九六还是慢生活》


  1. Learn
    1. Listen and repeat along with the video
  2. Practice daily - the most important part for achieving fluency
    1. Spend 10-30 minutes per day reading the lesson materials aloud (with or without the video)
    2. Practice conversations and stories from previous lessons too


Zhāng Yéye Hé Fāng Nǎinai Zài Dǎ Diànhuà
Grandpa Zhang Is Making A Phone Call With Grandma Fang

❖  QUESTIONS 问题 Wèntí

  1. Fāng Nǎinai xiànzài gēn shéi   zhù zài yìqǐ?
    Who does Grandma Fang live together with now?
  2. Zhāng Yéye wèi shénme bù xíguàn Shànghǎi de shēnghuó?
    Why is Grandpa Zhang not used to the life in Shanghai?
  3. Wèi shénme lǎo línjū men bú zhù lǎo fángzi de yuè lái yuè duō?
    Why there are more and more old neighbors who don't live in the old houses?


❖  TEXT 课文 Kèwén


*The English translation is made to be literal for a better understanding of the Chinese sentence structures and language flow.

张爷爷 Grandpa Zhang  方奶奶 Grandma Fang

张爷爷:Hello? Is (it) Grandma Fang? I am Old Zhang!

方奶奶:Is (it) Grandpa Zhang? Hello hello!

张爷爷:Very long time no see you (already), (have you) gone traveling?

方奶奶:You don’t know, I now live in (my) little(/youngest) son’s home. (Do) you still live there (where) the old houses (are)?

张爷爷:Yeah, my daughter is in Shanghai, she told me to arrive Shanghai to be together with her, to live at her home. I went (there and) lived (for) two months, (it did) not work, life (was) too not-used-to.

方奶奶:With (your) own child together how would (it be) not-used-to?

张爷爷:There (where) she (is), (surely) is convenient, but (there) aren’t these old neighbors like you guys, not the same.

方奶奶:Old neighbors all are friends of a few ten-years, (surely) are good, but very many (of them) all don’t live there anymore, (those who) with sons (or) daughters live together (have become) more and more.

张爷爷:Grandma Fang you said (it) correct, but (let) me wait a little bit more, I(,) now (by my)self (as) one person(,) still no problem, I’ll think about it after (I’m) 80 years old!



“Jiǔ Jiǔ Liù” Háishì Màn Shēnghuó
“996” Or Slow Life

❖  QUESTIONS 问题 Wèntí

  1. "Jiǔ jiǔ liù" shì shénme yìsi?
    What is the meaning of "996"?
  2. Wèi shénme wǒ yǐqián xǐhuan zhè fèn gōngzuò?
    Why did I like this job in the past?
  3. Xiànzài wǒ de shēntǐ zěnmeyàng?
    How is my body (health) now?


❖  TEXT 课文 Kèwén


*The English translation is made to be literal for a better understanding of the Chinese sentence structures and language flow.

“996” Or Slow Life

Nowadays, (there) exist very many jobs (where) work hours are very long, every week six days, every day from morning 9 o’clock to evening 9 o’clock, this exactly is (what) everyone says (to be) “nine-nine-six”. My job also is “nine-nine-six”. Before, I especially like this “fen” (of) job, because (given the fact that it) is busy, but the money it gives (is) also a lot. But now, I more and more think (that there) exists (some) problems. No. 1, my hair (has become) more and more few, (my) body (has become) more and more fat, (my) eye also hurt all (of) every day. No.2, I now already (am) 30 something years old, but (I) still (have) not gotten married, neither (do I) have (a) girlfriend. Every day the work (is) both busy and tiring, (how) can (I) have time to be in a romantic relationship? Now, my work is just my life, but I hope (that my)self can have more time to rest, exercise, (and) get to know new friends. So, I plan to find a new job, to start (a) new “slow” life.

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