Xuemei: Renhao loves wearing cloth shoes. Now I like them, too.
Cousin: Cloth shoes are comfortable.
Xuemei: These are nice. Look how great the soles are.
Cousin: You have a pretty good eye. These are “thousand layer sole shoes”. This is a famous brand in China with centuries of history.
Xuemei: The quality of these shoes is wonderful.
Cousin: They used to be hand-made.
Xuemei: （to the saleswoman）Do these shoes come in size eight and a half?
Saleswoman: Eight and a half？That’s not a Chinese size. Is it？
Xuemei: Oh look at my memory. I said the wrong size. That’s American size.
Saleswoman: Don’t worry. I’ll ask for you.
Saleswoman: Eight and a half is size 43 in China.
Cousin: These shoes are really well made. I want to buy some too.
Xuemei: Then we’ll buy a pair each.
Cousin: Which color do you want?
Xuemei: I can’t quite decide. Both the black ones and brown ones are good.
Saleswoman: Then take both. These shoes are walking out the door fast. We’ll selling as many as we get in. Some people buy five six pairs at a time.
Xuemei: If I wear these shoes I walk fast？That’s hard to believe？
Saleswoman: walking fast？ Oh, I didn’t mean that.
Cousin: Walking fast, here means selling fast.
Xuemei: God. Who would have thought？
Xuemei: I’ll take two pairs of these shoes. Hey. Can you give us a better price for two pairs？
Saleswoman: （laughs）We don’t bargain at our store.
Xuemei: Oh. Is that right？
Cousin: These shoes are not only comfortable and well made. They’re a famous brand！
Xuemei: What brand is it？
Cousin: Nei Lian Sheng, the court officials in the past used to always buy these Nei Lian Sheng shoes.
Cousin: It has a lucky sounding name. “Nei Lian Sheng”, sounds like many promotions in a row.
Xuemei: Oh right. Looks like I made the right choice.
Cousin: Let’s have a look at embroidered shoes over there. I love them so much. I’ve bought quite a few pairs.
Xuemei: These shoes are so Chinese.
Saleswoman: Have a look at these shoes you two ladies. These embroidered shoes are not just pretty. They’re light and comfortable to wear.
Xuemei: The flower embroidery is so pretty the flowers look real.
Cousin: Buy a pair then.
Xuemei: Do embroidered shoes have to be worn with Chinese style clothes to look good?
Cousin: Not necessarily. I think they look good with jeans too.
Xuemei: Then I’ll take a pair.
1）不见得 not necessarily
Expensive things are not necessarily all good.
He doesn't necessarily have time to go to the movies with us.
Old Store Names
In Beijing, you'll often hear of 老字号. 字号 is a traditional term for a shop's name. This is a term that's not normally used for modern businesses. Instead, it refers to old store names that have survived from imperial times and are sometimes hundreds of years old.
When we went out to 全聚德 for Peking duck, we were going to one of the most famous 老字号. Some people say this is not the best Peking duck you can find, but it is the oldest and most famous of the Peking duck restaurants. Actually, there are several outlets around the city. The oldest 全聚德 is around 和平门, south of Tiananmen Square, although the original building no longer stands.
Today we heard about 内联升 cloth shoes. This is another 老字号 that has been around since the Qing Dynasty.
Another famous clothing and fabric dealer is called 瑞蚨祥. This 老字号 is located in the Dazhalan district of Beijing, near Qianmen. Note that locals pronounce this area Dashilar. In standard Chinese, the characters would be pronounced Dazhalan.
If you're going out for hot pot, the most famous 老字号 is 东来顺.
Of course, with the huge changes China has undergone in the past 100 years, these shops and stores are no longer under the same management. Most of them are state owned, and have adapted to the times. But in some ways they still preserve a little bit of Beijing's history.
Substitution and Extension
1）V＋上 to show a result of the verb
They've already made contact.
2）瞧我这…… to show that you've made a mistake or to criticize yourself
Look at my memory! I forgot to bring the book for you.
3）数词＋人＋数词＋量词 something per person
These are the tickets. There's one per person.