Since we talked about 草莓 (cǎoméi) strawberries last week, perhaps it’s a good idea to run through the other fruits, so you know what’s in the dessert you ordered, or how to order at a fruit stall 🙂
香蕉 (xiāngjiāo) banana
苹果 (píngguǒ) apple
橙子 (chéngzi) orange
橘子 (júzi) mandarin
芒果 (mángguǒ) mango
菠萝 (bōluó) pineapple
西瓜 (xīguā) watermelon
葡萄 (pútao) grape
Now you can identify them on a menu! What about ordering them at a fruit stall?
水果＋怎么卖？(shuǐguǒ + zěnme mài?) How do you sell + … ?
Simply replace the fruit with your fruit of choice, like 芒果怎么卖？(mángguǒ zěnme mài?)—usually pointing at it or holding it, if there are many varieties of the same fruit—and they will tell you how much it costs. A reply will be something like:
五块一斤 (wǔ kuài yī jīn) 5 yuan per 500 grams
A 斤 (jīn) is 500 grams. A 公斤 (gōngjīn) is 1 kilogram, but normally in China stuff is sold in 500 gram lots.
A last note: while something like 芒果多少钱一斤？(mángguǒ duōshao qián yī jīn?) is also correct, and more common in text books, it’s much, much less common in real life. I wonder why?
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