Listen – How to say what can I do if something happens in Chinese

Recorded by : Ms. Debbie SUN

Learn Putonghua everyday, know China more!

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Marshaller Pormer was a young lawyer.
Marshaller Pormer是一个年轻的律师。
Marshaller Pormer shì yī gè nián qīng de lǜ shī。

One day a neighbor entered his office, and asked, “What can I do if another man’s dog entered my yard and killed one of my chickens?”
一天,一个邻居走进他的办公室,问:“如果有人的狗进了我的院子,杀了我的一只鸡,我该怎么办?”
Yī tiān,yī gè lín jū zǒu jìn tā de bàn gōng shì,wèn :“Rú guǒ yǒu rén de gǒu jìn le wǒ de yuàn zǐ,shā le wǒ de yī zhī jī,wǒ gāi zěn me bàn?”

Mr. Pormer replied ,”That the damage done could be clacked from the owner of the dog.”
Pormer先生说,“狗的主人需要赔偿。”
Pormer xiān shēng shuō,“Gǒu de zhǔ rén xū yào péi cháng。”

“Well,”said the man,” Since it was your dog, you might pay me the worth of chicken about one dollar, Mr. Pormer.”
“好吧,”男人说,“因为它是你的狗,所以你要付我一美元,Pormer先生,它值一美元。”
“Hǎo ba,”Nán rén shuō,“yīn wèi tā shì nǐ de gǒu,suǒ yǐ nǐ yào fù wǒ yī měi yuán ,Pormer xiān sheng , tā zhí yī měi yuán。”

Mr. Pormer smiled as he handed the man his the amount named, and said, “Now then, as I have paid all that I owe you, don’t you think it’s only fair if you set off the matter a little bit you owe me?”
Pormer先生笑了并说,“现在,我付了账单,那是我欠你的,但你不认为如果你把事情说清楚一点会更好吗,你还欠我一个公平啊?”
Pormerxiān shēng xiào le bìng shuō,“xiàn zài,wǒ fù le zhàng dān,nà shì wǒ qiàn nǐ de,dàn nǐ bú rèn wéi rú guǒ nǐ bǎ shì qíng shuō qīng chǔ yī diǎn huì gèng hǎo ma,nǐ hái qiàn wǒ yī gè gōng píng ā?”

“But…” protested the neighbour,”I don’t owe you a penny!”
“可是……”邻居抗议道,“我不欠你一分钱!”
“Kě shì ……”Lín jū kàng yì dào,“wǒ bú qiàn nǐ yī fēn qián!”

“Ah…” smiled Mr Pormer, “Don’t you? Can you pay me five dollars for the legal advice which I gave you concerning the loss of your chicken?”
“啊…”Pormer先生笑了,“是吗?我赔偿你损失的一美元,你能给我五美元做法律咨询吗?”
“Ā …”Pormerxiān shēng xiào le,“shì ma?Wǒ péi cháng nǐ sǔn shī de yī měi yuán,nǐ néng  gěi wǒ wǔ měi yuán zuò fǎ lǜ zī xún ma?”