A Video Call Gone Wrong: Chinese Lesson

In Chinese by Gwilym James

In this lesson, we take a look at a common technical difficulty encountered during video calls. Things such as muted microphones, non-functioning webcams, or a noisy background are all common occurrences during video calls on Zoom, Skype, Slack, and the like. Learn how to say all these things in the following video lesson, and then study the vocab list in your Skritter account.

Dialogue:

小声一点,我要开会了。
小聲一點,我要開會了。
Xiǎoshēng yìdiǎn, wǒ yào kāihuì le.
Quieten down; I’m about to have a meeting.

喂?喂?喂?
Wéi? Wéi? Wéi?
Hello?

我听不到你的声音,你把麦克风静音了。
我聽不到你的聲音,你把麥克風靜音了。
Wǒ tīngbudào nǐ de shēngyīn, nǐ bǎ màikèfēng jìngyīn le.
I can’t hear you. You’ve put your mic on mute.

好,你现在听到了吗?我开麦克风了。
好,你現在聽到了嗎?我開麥克風了。
Hǎo, nǐ xiànzài tīng dào le ma? Wǒ kāi màikèfēng le.
Okay, can you hear now? I’ve turned on the mic.

听到了,但是你那边有点吵,还有回音。
聽到了,但是你那邊有點吵,還有回音。
Tīng dào le, dànshì nǐ nàbian yǒudiǎn chǎo, hái yǒu huíyīn.
Yeah I can hear now, but it’s a bit noisy with you, and there’s an echo.

我去拿耳机,等我一下。
我去拿耳機,等我一下。
Wǒ qù ná ěrjī, děng wǒ yíxià.
I’ll go get some headphones. Hold on a sec.

这样声音有比较清楚吗?
這樣聲音有比較清楚嗎?
Zhèyàng shēngyīn yǒu bǐjiào qīngchu ma?
Is the audio clearer now?

有,我们可以开始了。
有,我們可以開始了。
Yǒu, wǒmen kěyǐ kāishǐ le.
Yes, now we can start.

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你那边声音断断续续的,你可以先关掉你的摄像头。
你那邊聲音斷斷續續的,你可以先關掉你的攝像頭。
Nǐ nàbian shēngyīn duànduàn-xùxù de,Nǐ kěyǐ xiān guān diào nǐ de shèxiàngtóu.
Your audio keeps cutting out, you can first try turning off your webcam.

我这边收讯不好,我重新打给你。
我這邊收訊不好,我重新打給你。
Wǒ zhèbiān shōuxùn bù hǎo, wǒ chóngxīn dǎ gěi nǐ.
The signal here isn’t good. I’ll call you again.

现在我的摄像头没反应,我改一下电脑的设置。
現在我的攝像頭沒反應,我改一下電腦的設置。
Xiànzài wǒ de shèxiàngtóu méi fǎnyìng, wǒ gǎi yíxià diànnǎo de shèzhì.
Now my webcam isn’t responding. I’ll just change my computer settings.

对,你的画面卡住了,试试看重新下载软件,或者重开机。
對,你的畫面卡住了,試試看重新下載軟件,或者重開機。
Duì, nǐ de huàmiàn kǎ zhùle, shìshìkàn chóngxīn xiàzǎi ruǎnjiàn, huòzhě chóng kāijī.
Yeah, your picture is stuck. Try re-downloading the software, or restarting your computer.

我要來重开电脑,好了打给你。
我要來重開電腦,好了打給你。
Wǒ yào lái chóng kāi diànnǎo, hǎole dǎ gěi nǐ.
I’m going to restart my computer. When it’s done, I’ll call you.

好,掰掰。
Hǎo, bāi bāi.
Okay, bye-bye.

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