If you’re like me, then a good deal of your Chinese interaction takes place in shopping situations. Here’s some stuff I use all the time (and didn’t find in any of the books):
- Ná zhège de yíbàn 拿这个的一半 = I’ll take half of this
- Ná zhè zhǒng 拿这种= I’ll take this kind
- Ná wǔ kuài qián de 拿五块钱的= I’ll take 5 yuan’s worth
- Ná wǔ kuài qián de zhè zhǒng 那五块钱的这种= I’ll take 5 yuan’s worth of this kind
I’m using that ná 拿 all the time now because that’s the most common verb I’ve heard when I “tōutīng 偷听” (“eavesdrop”, lit. “steal + listen”) on real live Chinese people buying stuff. The subject “I” is just assumed. In that last one, “ idea what’s going on with the grammar there. I’m sure there are other ways of saying the same thing. I usually just stick with a plain old “ If anyone has useful shopping vocab that is out of the normal phrasebook scope, please leave it in a comment below (I guess it’s on the side in this current layout).