Category: mandarin 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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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.

ANSWER HERE

ANSWER HERE

GRAMMAR WEDNESDAY – preposition 对 /duì/

GRAMMAR WEDNESDAY – preposition 对 /duì/

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The primary meaning of 对 /duì/ is OPPOSITE – in the sense THE OPPOSITE SIDE, or even TO OPPOSE something.

If you are often with Chinese people, you often hear this 对 /duì/ in the meaning YES, THAT’S RIGHT.

It sounds illogical, but there is a reason for that.

Imagine that you put two things that are opposite each other close to each other so that they are actually touching – and you find that they FIT just RIGHT. The fact of fitting is 对 /duì/.

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Anyway, today is time for grammar, so we will look into another function of this word.

对 /duì/ is a very important preposition.

When you want to say that something is too expensive FOR you or that smoking isn’t good FOR health, you use 对 /duì/.

对 /duì/ if FOR – but not in the sense that we have bought something for someone, but in the situations when we are describing attitude TO something or influence of one thing TO another.

Basically we take a phenomenon and put it OPPOSITE us (or someone or something else), we CONFRONT ourselves with it and say what the result of that confrontation is.

EXAMPLES with English, Chinese characters, Pinyin and TOP quality audio – all in modern progressive and original form HERE

Interactive list of all basic prepositions HERE

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