Han Lin grinned at his girlfriend as he gestured towards the office headquarters that rose above the small park where they were eating lunch. China Mobile was one of the more prestigious places for a new engineer to find employment, and Han couldn't help but want to show off his employee privileges. "I'll just send the file over the corporate network then," he smiled as he pocketed the USB drive, adding that "even something this big should only take a few minutes at most."

Living in China? No matter what industry you're in, at some point you are going to find yourself in an office environment locked in mortal combat with office equipment. Fortunately, regardless of whether you need to scan documents, backup files to a USB drive or just transfer files across the network, in this lesson we cover the key vocabulary you need to get things done. So take a listen, let us know what you think in the discussion section below, and feel free to email us anytime at service@popupchinese.com.
 said on
June 13, 2012
Hi guys, can you go over the function/use of 才? I'm still confused about how/when to use it.
 said on
June 15, 2012

There are a lot of usages of 才. In our dialogue, it's the one that using 才 to emphasize the time:

1) When you use 才 after a time word, it indicates the time is late or long. As in 这个文件一个小时才传完 (It took an hour to finish uploading the file).

2) When you use 才 before a time word, it indicates the time is short and early. As in 才十分钟,雨就停了 (The rain stopped only after 10 minutes).


 said on
September 14, 2012
优盘. Huh, I've just been calling it a 拇指.