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Today we are catching up with a friend about what we did over the weekend and we are asking, "How was the movie?" Here is the question and answer:
We’ve come a long way in only 19 question. When we started out we could only ask and tell our names, and now we are about to give our opinions on films. It feels very civilized, doesn’t it? And you’ll be glad to know that 怎么样(zěnmeyàng) is back again so there is very little new stuff to learn in this lesson. So let’s take a look.
This answer starts out differently from the other answers in this mini-怎么样(zěnmeyàng) series. We are giving our opinion here so instead of starting out with a word for “it” we say 我(wǒ) which means, “I.” The character
觉(jué) means “sense” or “feel.”
得(de) is a particle that could translate as “ability” but it doesn’t really add much meaning in this context. So you might want to think of
觉得(juéde) as “feel ability” just for the purpose of remembering the two characters. We don’t need to use a word for “it” in the answer.
The next word is
很(hěn) which means “very.” (Chinese does not use 是(shì) to describe objects with adjectives. Check out
question #16 for details). Finally we have
有意思(yǒu yìsi). The character
有(yǒu) means, “to have.” The character
意(yì) means “meaning” and
思(si) means “thinking” or “thought.”
So if something “has meaning thought” then it’s logical that it is interesting. The rough translation to get you thinking in this Chinese sentence pattern is “I think very interesting.”
You can replace 部电影(bù diànyǐng) in the question with other diversions to ask questions about all kinds of entertainment. Remember, each of the first characters is the measure word for each form of entertainment.
本书 － Běn shū – a book
本杂志 － Běn zázhì – a magazine
个视频 － Gè shìpín – a video
场游戏 － Chǎng yóuxì – a game (general word for game)
个网络游戏 － Gè wǎngluò yóuxì – an online game
个应用程序 － Gè yìngyòng chéngxù – an app
个电视节目－ Gè diànshì jiémù – a TV program
场音乐会 － Chǎng yīnyuè huì – a concert
场演出－ Chǎng yǎnchū – a performance (concert, show, play)
场球赛 － Chǎng qiúsài – a ball game
You can replace 有意思(yǒu yìsi) in the answer with any of the adjectives below.
好看－Hǎokàn – great, excellent
棒－Bàng - great
好玩－Hǎowán - fun
好笑－Hǎoxiào - funny
带劲儿－Dàijìn er - exciting
好美－Hǎoměi - beautiful
还行－Hái xíng - okay
不好玩－Bù hǎowán – not fun
美意思－Méiyìsi – not interesting
无聊－Wúliáo - boring
长－Chǎng - long
奇怪－Qíguài - strange
差劲－Chàjìn – horrible
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