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After having taught hundreds of students from all over the world during the last couple of years, I realized that many students struggle with learning the basic Chinese sentence structure. Check out below for my “TEN SECRETS” to improving your Mandarin skills.
SECRET ONE: subject +[specific time+ method+ place] +verb +object
You can make over 80% daily used Mandarin sentences by extending below basic structure.
Subject + verb + object
他 吃 饭。
Tā chī fàn 。
He eats rice.
Subject + specific time + verb + object
他 现在 吃 饭 。
Tā xiànzài chī fàn.
He now eats rice.
Subject + specific time + method + verb + object
他 现在 走路 去吃 饭 。
Tā xiànzài zǒulù qùchī fàn.
He now walks to eat rice.
Subject + specific time + method + place + verb + object
他 现在 走路 去饭店 吃 饭。
Tā xiànzài zǒulù qù fàndiàn chī fàn .
He now walks to restaurant to eat rice.
In Mandarin, 去(qù) /来(lái) /在(zài) (<technical term for these symbol>, something like direction …) usually appear before the “location” and indicate the direction:
“在(zài)” you are at a place,
“去(qù) /来(lái)” you come or go to a place from somewhere else.”
Please make the words given in each line into a sentence .
1 去 明天 看书 哪儿 你
qù míngtiān kànshū nǎr nǐ
2 在 上课 哪儿 他 下午
zài shàngkè nǎr tā xià wǔ
3 想 晚饭 什么 你 吃
xiǎng wǎnfàn shénme nǐ chī
4 什么 学习 语言 你
shénme xuéxí yǔyán nǐ
5 在北京 吗 房子 你 有
zài Běijīng ma fángzi nǐ yǒu
6 去超市 周末 东西 我 买
qù chāoshì zhōumò dōngxī wǒ mǎi
7 骑车 喝咖啡 去公园 我 早上
qíchē hē kāfēi qù gōngyuán wǒ zǎoshang
8 早上 学习 在哪儿 你 明天
zǎoshang xuéxí zài nǎr nǐ míngtiān
I’m Becky from China, I have been working as a professional Mandarin instructor for over four years. I offer Business Mandarin, Cross-cultural Mandarin, Survival Chinese, HSK Exam preparation or Comprehensive Mandarin on Skype. Please BOOK my Chinese Courses on italki.
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