Every other Wednesday,
(wo3) (hui4) (zai4) (xia4 wu3) (san1 dian3 zhong1)( (gen1) (ji3 ge.) [(qin1 jin4)(de.)] (peng2 you3) (peng4 mian4)
(I) (will) (at) (afternoon) (3 o’clock) (with) (few) [(close, intimate)(indicates previous word is adjective to following word)](friends) (meet, bump into)
I meet with a few close friends at 3 o’clock in the afternoon.
We can do that because I know these ladies very well.
If I don’t know someone very well, it is best to just
(na4 pa4) (shi4) (yue1 hao3) (zai4) (jia1 li3), (jiu4 zhi3) (shuo) (jian4 mian4), (yin1 wei4) (na4 yang4) (bi3 jiao4) (shi4 dang4)
(even if) (is) (appointment) (at) (inside home), (just only) (say) (come to face, to see, to meet), (because) (like that) (comparatively) (proper)
To speak of meeting (in less intimate terms), even if in a home, because that is more proper.
It could be
(shang4 wu3) (huo4) (xia4 wu3), [(xin1)(de.)] (peng2 you3) (zhi3 yao4) (shuo1) (jian4 mian4) (jiu4 hao3)
(Before noon) (or) (afternoon), [(new)(suffix making word an adjective)] (friend) (just) (say) (come to face, to see, to meet) (precisely good, fine)
Morning or afternoon, for a new friend it is best to say “meet” in less intimate terms.
(you3 shi2 hou4) (wo3) (mai3 dong1 xi1) (de. shi2 hou4) (hui4) [(yi4 wai4)(de.)] (yu4 jian4) (peng2 you3)
(Sometimes) (I) (go shopping)(when) (will) [(accidental)(ly)] (run into) (friend)
Sometimes when I go shopping, I will accidentally run into a friend.
That is okay.
If I find that
(Ta1) (dang1 shi2) (yi2 bian1) (zai4) (gen1) (wo3), (wo3 de.) (bing1 qi2 lin2) (zai4) (rong2 hua4)
(She) (just then) (on one hand) (-ing for “chat”) (with) (me) (chat), (my) (ice cream) (on one hand) (-ing for “melt”) (melt)
She is chatting with me while my ice cream is melting
I can tell her
(wo3 men.) (sui2 shi2) [(dou1) (ke3 yi3)] (yue1 hao3) (peng4 mian4)！ (rang4) (wo3 men.) (hen3 kuai4) (xia4 ci4) (ju4 yi2 ju4) (hao3 ma1)
(we) (any time) [will be fine] (appointment, meeting) (meet closely, bump into each other, get together)! (Let) (us) (very fast) (set date) (next time) (together) (okay)?
“We can get together any time! Let’s quickly come up with the next time we can visit, okay?”
She will understand.
You know that
(Hao3) (peng2 you3) (zong3 shi4z) (dong4 de.)
(Good ) (friend) (always) (understanding)
A good friend is always understanding. ❸
Notes on helpful things I learned or was reminded of while writing these sentences:
❶ In Chinese, the vocabulary used indicates the level of intimacy between people. While in English, we might refer to “bumping into” almost anyone, in the Chinese language that would best be saved for someone you know well. “Bumping” implies a closeness of interaction that mere acquaintances would find uncomfortable. So, 碰面 (bump into face) is used for good friends, but 見面 (see face) if you don’t want to risk invading someone’s relational space. Using 約好（appointment） or 聚一聚 (get together) depends more on whether a formal time is set. Just using the character 約 (to set a date) means it is being used as a verb instead of a noun.
❷ For some reason 一邊。。。一邊 (one side… one side) is one of my favorite Chinese grammatical structures. It is equivalent to the English “While (this)…., (this)”I could make 一邊。。。。 一邊 sentences all day.
❸ In English, I tend to say “(someone) understands”, but in Chinese they go a step further. Either a person is someone who is an understanding person or they are not, so the phrasing is more about their character than the situation.