This conversation has several expressions, that are often used in casual conversation. “Zāogāo” is a useful word indicating that something very annoying just went down. “Zāo” means rotten and “gāo” means cake, together it is: “rotten cakes”. Using this word for a minor annoyance will surely cause you chinese friends to smile. “Zěnme le” is a convenient way to ask “what’s up” or “what happened”. “Shǒujī” means mobile phone, but is literally translated as hand-machine, obviously a very useful word these days. And finally, “bú jiàn le” is a set phrase meaning that something is missing or has disappeared.
|Zěnme le?||怎么了？||What’s wrong?|
|Wǒde shǒujī bú jiàn le.||我地手机不见了。||My cell phone is missing.|
|zěnme le||怎么了||What’s the matter?|
|bú jiàn le||不见了||is missing, disappeared|