Chinese Without a Teacher (1922)/Buying Curios

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1907199Chinese Without a Teacher — Buying Curios1922Herbert Allen Giles

Have you any good curios here? 你們這個裏有好古玩沒有 Neemun chelly yo how koo-wahn mayo?
What curios do you want, Sir? 買甚麼古玩你納 Mi shummo koo-wahn neenah?
I‘ll take a look at what you have 我瞧着買 Waw ch‘eeowja mi.
What is this vase made of? 這個瓶是甚麼作的 Chaykaw p‘ing shirt shummo dzawty?
I want clair de lune 我要粉定的 Waw yow fun-tingty.
How much for this vase? 這瓶要多少錢 Chay p‘ing yow tawshow ch‘e-enn?
This bowl is modern 這碗是新貨 Chay wahn shirt sheen hwaw.
How old is this double-dragon jar? 這二龍缸有多少年數 Chay ur-loong-kahng yo taw-show ne enn-shoo?
The make on the bottom is Chia Ching (1522) 看缸底是嘉靖年號 K‘ahn kahng-tee shirt Cheeah-ching ne-enn-how.
I don't think it is genuine 我想不是眞的 Waw seeahng poo shirt chunty.
Have you any red (i.e. coloured with cinnabar) plates? 有硃砂盤沒有 Yo choo-shah p‘ahn mayo?
This cloisonné enamel dates from Ching-t'ai (1450) 這琺藍盤是景泰年製的 Chaw fahlahn-p‘ahn shirt Ching-t‘i-ne-enn-chirpty.
It's too dear 價錢太貴 Cheeah-ch‘e-enn t‘i kooay.
The vase is not an old one 瓶不是老瓶 P‘ing pao-shirt low-p‘ing.
The flowers are badly drawn 花樣不好 Hwah yahng poo-how.
I want a "blue" bowl with over 要淡描的蓋碗兒 Yow tahn meeowty ki-wahr.
The edge is chipped 邊兒有點破咯 Pe-er yo-te-enn p‘awlah.
Have you any "half-tael" cash ? 要半兩錢沒有 Yo pahn-layang ch‘e-enn mayo?
This is a "half-tael" of the Han dynasty 這個是漢半兩 Chaykaw shirt Hahn-pahn-laynang.
I want a "half-tael" of the Chi'in dynasty 要秦半兩 Yow Ch‘een-pahn-layang.
I also want some Wang Mang (i.e. trouser-shaped) cash 王莽錢也要幾個 Wahn-mahng-ch‘e-enn yoa yow cheekaw.
I also want a redwood stand 還要紅木托兒 Hi-yow hoong moo t‘or.
I want to buy some pictures 要買畫兒 Yow mi hwarh.
I want those of the Yuan (Mongol dynasty) 要元人的筆蹟 Yow Yüahn-renty pee chee.
Have you any ecented-wood seads? 有茄楠香的香串兒沒有 Yo ch‘eeaynahn-seeangty seeang-ch‘wahr mayo?
Have you any good gongs? 有好鑼沒有 Yo how law mayo?
Crystal 水晶 Shooay ching.
Of what dynasty is this sword? 寶劍是那一朝的 Paye-h-eenn shirt nahee-ch‘owty?
I also want some "knife" (or razor) cash 也要買刀錢 Yay yow mi tow-che-enn.
Have you any good incense-burners? 有好香爐沒有 Yo how sheeang-loo mayo?
I want a bronze stork 要古銅仙鸛 Yow koo-t‘oong she-enn-how.
This is Lao Tzŭ riding on an ox 這是老子騎牛 Chaw-shirt Low-dza ch‘ee new.
A mirror (as to shape) made of Yünnan marble (which is curiously veined) 大理石的鏡子 Tah-lee-shirtty chingdza.
A white jade pen-case of the Han dynasty 漢白玉的筆筒 Hahn-pi-yüty pee-t‘oong.