Still in lockdown?
So are we!
But even though the situation is not changing, we can still learn from it — by describing our day in the lockdown in Chinese.
💡TIP: It’s been a proven tactic in language learning to describe your everyday routine in your target language. Not only can it help you improve your speaking and writing skills, but you’ll also pick up new words and grammar on the way!
And the best news is — this practice perfectly relates to you and your real life.
So, what’s your days been like?
A Day in the Lockdown
01. MORNING CHECK-UP
Zǎoshang wǔ diǎn wǔshí, dìnghǎo nàozhōng kāishǐ qiǎng cài.
At 5:50 AM in the morning, I (wake up) with an alarm and start ‘fighting’ for groceries.
早上7:00, 做抗原⾃测, 发照⽚到居委会微信群⾥。
Zǎoshang qī diǎn, zuò kàngyuán zìcè, fā zhàopiàn dào jūwěihuì wēixìnqún lǐ.
At 7 AM in the morning, I take a self-test and send a picture on WeChat to my neighbor community group.
早上10:00, 头不梳, 脸不洗。
Zǎoshang shí diǎn, tóu bù shū, liǎn bù xǐ.
At 10 AM in the morning, I don’t (even) brush my hair, I don’t wash up my face.
戴好⼝罩, 准备好核酸码, 下楼去做核酸。
Dài hǎo kǒuzhào, zhǔnbèi hǎo hésuān mǎ, xià lóu qù zuò hésuān.
I (just) wear a mask, prepare the health QR code and go downstairs to take a PCR test.
02. AFTERNOON FOOD PICK UP
Xiàwǔ sān diǎn, shōudào tuánzhǎng tōngzhī.
At 3 PM in the afternoon, I receive a notification from our group buy leader.
Zuótiān tuán de shūcài hé shuǐguǒ zhèngzài xiǎoqū ménkǒu xiāoshā.
The fruit and vegetables that we ordered yesterday are now being disinfected at our compound’s main gate.
Kěyǐ xià lóu ná wùzī le.
So I can go downstairs to pick them up.
03. EVENING WORKOUT
晚上6:00, 打开⼿机, 找到运动主播, 跟着主播⼀起做运动。
Wǎnshang liù diǎn, dǎkāi shǒujī, zhǎodào yùndòng zhǔbō, gēnzhe zhǔbō yīqǐ zuò yùndòng.
At 6 PM in the evening, I check my phone and search for an online exercise trainer, so I can do my workout with him/her.
01. STAYING AT HOME
to stay at home
02. SNATCHING GROCERIES
to snatch groceries
to stock up on food
to do a group buy
03. TAKING TESTS
to take a self-test
to take a PCR test
04. BRUSHING OR BROWSING?
to brush (one’s) teeth
to wash the dishes
to binge-watch (TV)
to browse Tik-Tok
to browse WeChat moments
We hope that this article will be useful and help you decribe your day in the lockdown in Chinese. To learn more useful Chinese vocabulary and phrases, check out one of our blog posts Multiverse of 意思 Yìsi
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