One moment Xiao Liu had been suggesting a weekend retreat to Zhongshan Park, and the next his entire office had plunged into a leaden silence. As he would shortly discover, there were feelings that had been hurt, and if he hoped to paper over the situation the only thing to do was to make an apology and mend his ways.
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June 2, 2014
很搞笑!最好的部分:不行。我想要新疆菜。

你应该告诉你的声音的演员:很精彩的表演。我几遍听了。
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June 3, 2014
@qmmayer,

谢谢!我们会告诉配音演员的!

还有,是“我听了好几遍”,有“好” 更地道!呵呵!:)
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June 3, 2014
谢谢,很有帮助。那个“好”的意思是“完”吗?

我有另外的问题:“最好的部分”对不对?我想说:the best part. 可不可以说:最好的地方?
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June 3, 2014
@qmmayer,

“好” 用在数量词、时间词前面,表示多或久。强调作用。比如:好多、好久、好几个、好几遍。

“最好的地方”可以,但是“最好的部分”更好,你写的没问题~:)
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June 6, 2014
谢谢Grace! 很清楚的解释。
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June 9, 2014
Couldn't you have the actors run through the conversation slowly -- at least once, before the high-speed dialogue?

It might make it easier for learners, especially at this elementary lever
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June 10, 2014
@paulo2020,

Yes, this is a particularly fast one - the next Elementary lesson (just published today) is as well. If it is a bit fast for you, maybe try some of the earlier shows where the difficulty level is a bit easier.

We try to keep things accessible and so normally there is a slower line-by-line that goes through the dialogue. We left it out in this case partly to mix things up, and partly because it wasn't feasible while putting the four dialogue variants into a single show.

That said, I agree that this pushes the limits of the Elementary level.

Best,

--david

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January 31, 2015
Hilarious dialogue. My Chinese husband told me that I was saying "Wo you zenme le?" in my sleep last night.
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February 15, 2015
Listened to it dozens of times - the part where she says 中国,北京,首都的炸酱面。 好了吗?行了吗? still cracks me up...
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March 3, 2016
Honestly one of my favourite lessons - hilarious, and engaging. Well done guys!
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August 28, 2016
Also...

In the sentence 你刚才说你想吃新疆菜,shouldn't there be a 了 at the end because of the use of 刚才?

Instead of saying 我又怎么了?, can you say 我又做怎么了?
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August 29, 2016
@jaq.james,

The statement in the dialogue is correct for the meaning as translated. Adding the 了 is also grammatically correct, but makes the statement accusatory, as if you were saying, "BUT you just said you wanted to have Xinjiang food (so why are you criticizing me for agreeing)" A third alternative is 你刚才说了你想吃新疆菜 which is also grammatically correct but uncommon.

Explaining the difference in tone in variants is above the elementary level, although we do cover this stuff more at the intermediate level. You can trust that the sentences presented are grammatically acceptable. Occasionally a speaker will do something interesting but grammatically wrong -- when this happens we'll call it out in the show.

我又做怎么了 is explictly wrong unless you use 什么 instead of 怎么. For questions like this, your best first step is checking on search engines like Bing or Google. Just surround your alternate Chinese phrase in quotations to ensure you get an exact match.
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August 29, 2016
Thanks Trevelyan. I appreciate a response to my question, as I didn't get that service at ChinesePod for old lessons. And you responded so promptly too, so I really appreciate it. I like that you guys cover grammar points within a podcast, because ChinesePod doesn't do that as much... they prefer that you just remember "lexical chunks", but I'm the kind of language learner who needs to understand the grammar patterns.

I guess I asked that gangcai/le question because every time I leave off le when I use gangcai, my Chinese tutor corrects me.