Category: chinese grammar

要 and 想 both mean TO WANT, but not always – it…

要 and 想 both mean TO WANT, but not always – it depends on what we combine them with, so I made this post couple of years back to make it a little more clear.

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One of the basic prepositions is 跟 /gēn/ WITH.

Check it out along with useful and beautiful example sentences!

Dynamic Interactive Example Sentences HERE.

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New video is ready – I’m so excited!

New video is ready – I’m so excited!

This is very important stuff, because there are 4 ways how to say TO BE in Mandarin and students sometimes confuse them even after few months of studying.

Get the basics right using this beautiful video! 🙂

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Dynamic Example Sentences HERE

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We use 几 /jǐ/ to ask for amounts that are smal…

We use 几 /jǐ/ to ask for amounts that are smaller than approximately 10.

Interactive list of all essential question words is HERE – and when you click on pictures, you get further and will get more Dynamic Example Sentences.

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Few years old, but still progressive :)

Few years old, but still progressive 🙂

4 ways how to express TO BE in Mandarin are HERE

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我买茶。/Wǒ mǎi chá./ I BUY TEA.

我买茶。/Wǒ mǎi chá./ I BUY TEA.

我买了茶。/Wǒ mǎi le chá./ I (HAVE) BOUGHT TEA.

We use 了 to indicate that a particular action is finished.

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More interactive examples with TOP QUALITY audio HERE

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TELLING TIME & ASKING FOR TIME in Mandarin

TELLING TIME & ASKING FOR TIME in Mandarin

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Full version on Youtube HERE

山很高 /Shān hěn gāo/ THE MOUNTAIN IS HIGH

山很高 /Shān hěn gāo/ THE MOUNTAIN IS HIGH

海很深 /Hǎi hěn shēn/ THE SEA IS DEEP

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Describing that something is HIGH or DEEP is speaking of quality.

When we speak of quality, we connect “verbs of quality” with /hěn/.

Why?

Without it we would be saying that THE MOUNTAIN IS HIGHER and THE SEA IS DEEPER.

This rule applies to positive notification sentences.

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2 FUNCTIONS OF THE WORD 在 /zài/

2 FUNCTIONS OF THE WORD 在 /zài/

1) it means TO BE SOMEWHERE (and of course it can be used just as a preposition)

2) it is a short version of 现在 /xiànzài/ NOW

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Also notice the sound similarity of words /hái/ 还 STILL and /hǎi/ 海 THE SEA (part of SHANGHAI)

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This is a revision of an older animation, now it is easier to read.

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