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To most Chinese language learners, measure wordsare sure to be a challenge as there is no such thing in English. But in mandarin Chinese, to define the quantity, one must use both the numbers and the measure words.
Say, 一个外国人(yī gè wài guó rén) – a foreigner, 一本书(yī běn shū) – a book, 一包烟(yī bāo yān) – a packet of cigarettes,…Continue
This post is about a Chinese phrase which is frequently used in daily life, especially in such context as someone does not or cannot make a choice. For example, when deciding what to eat for lunch, I always feel hard to make a choice. The dishes seem always the same every day. It makes no difference of eating which one. So the answer we made most of the time is …Continue
A friend once told me a funny story about himself ordering in a Chinese restaurant. He just started Chinese learning then, and did not know how to say the numbers in Chinese. He wanted to eat fish. And the waiter asked how many fish he needed (服务员问他要几条鱼 fú wù yuán wèn tā yào jǐ tiáo yú). So he held out two fingers – the thumb (拇指 mǔ zhǐ) and the forefinger (食指 shízhǐ) of his right…Continue
吃饭前洗手了吗(chī fàn qián xǐ shǒu le ma)？没有是吧(méi yǒu shì ba)，马上去洗(mǎ shàng qù xǐ)。都跟你说过多少遍了(dōu gēn nǐ shuō guò duō shǎo biàn le)。
Did you pee before going to bed ?
睡前尿尿了没(shuì qián niào niào le méi)？
Do not talk with your mouth…Continue
Answer: That depends on the mother’s mood.
Yesterday, someone asked me which verbs can be combined with the word “上(shàng)”. To be precise, which verbs can be followed by the word “shang”. I was thus listing them, and guess maybe there are some rules here, say, "verb + 上…Continue
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