How to say old in Chinese & several ways to use the word 老 lǎo

“你怎么老喝饮料?” Nǐ zěn me lǎo hē yǐn liào?

This sentence reminds me that some of the Chinese learners here may be interested in the usage of " 老 lǎo".


  You may know " 老" means old/aged, while there are another two meanings of 老.


  Here we go:

 1. always - like 总是zǒng shì/经常jīng cháng


   你怎么老喝饮料?nǐ zěn me lǎo hē yǐn liào?

   Why do you always drink beverage?


   Anna老爱照镜子. Anna lǎo ài zhào jìng zi

   Anna always likes to look at herself in the mirror.


 2. very - like 非常fēi cháng/很hěn


  九寨沟老美了!jiǔ zhài gōu lǎo měi le

  Jiuzhaigou is very beautiful!


  海绵宝宝的眼睛老大了!hǎi mián bǎo bao de yǎn jīng lǎo dà le

  Spongebob's eyes are very big!


 Hope this blog helps!^^

   (photo via fairiegoodmother)

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Comment by Dora on October 13, 2011 at 12:03pm

你怎么老是这样啊...   why u always act like this?

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Comment by Zhang Wenzhuo on April 13, 2011 at 8:05pm

Wow,I didn't know that! I thought " Long time no see" was some kind of made-up phrases, by non-natives. So I never use it.


Thank you! Now,I can say 好久不见 in an easy way----Long Time No See!:)

Comment by Brandon on April 11, 2011 at 8:02am

Thanks Anna!  I didn't know this and the sentence examples are good (esp. SpongeBob)


It reminds me for some reason of 好久不见 - hǎo jiǔ bu jiàn - as an alternate use 好 hǎo, Long Time No See.  People use that in English, often without realizing it came from Chinese.

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