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Understanding the words he 他, she 她, and it 牠 or 它 in Chinese

Understanding the Chinese pronouns that are translated to he, she, or it requires knowing a couple of things. First of all, the pronouns that mean he, she, or it in Chinese all sound the same, but have different characters. 他 ㄊㄚ (tā)  “he” 她 ㄊㄚ (tā)  “she” 牠 ㄊㄚ (tā)  “it” 它 ㄊㄚ (tā)  “it” There are […]

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What Color is Your Crayon 你的蠟筆是什麼顏色 in Chinese

你的蠟筆是什麼顏色 (你的)(蠟筆)(是)(什麼)(顏色) (ㄋㄧˇ ㄉㄜ˙) (ㄌㄚˋ ㄅㄧˇ) (ㄕˋ) (ㄕㄣˊ ㄇㄜ˙) (ㄧㄢˊ ㄙㄜˋ) (nǐ de.)(là bǐ)(shì)(shén me.)(yán sè) (your)(wax + pen, pencil, or brush = crayon)(to be/is)(what)(color) What color is your crayon?   The basic colors in Chinese are fairly straight forward. There is a character for the color which is followed by the character 色 ㄙㄜˋ […]

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When You Are Lost 當你迷路的時候 in Chinese

當你迷路的時候 (當)(你)(迷路)[(的)(時候)] (ㄉㄤ) (ㄋㄧˇ) (ㄇㄧˊ ㄌㄨˋ) [(ㄉㄜ˙) (ㄕˊ ㄏㄡˋ)] (dāng)(nǐ)(mí lù)[(de.)(sh́í hòu)] (just at)(you)(to get lost)[(adjective marker)(time, when, moment, juncture)] When you are/get lost   我常常很容易地就迷路了。 (我)(常常)(很)[(容易)(地)](就)❶(迷路)(了) (ㄨㄛˇ) (ㄔㄤˊ ㄔㄤˊ) (ㄏㄣˇ) [(ㄖㄨㄥˊ ㄧˋ) (ㄉㄜ˙)] (ㄐㄧㄡˋ) (ㄇㄧˊ ㄌㄨˋ) (ㄌㄜ˙) (wǒ)(cháng cháng)(hěn)[(róng yì)(de.)](jiù)(mí lù)(le.) (I)(often)(very)[(easy)(-ly)](right away)(to get lost)(emphasize completion) I often get lost very easily.   說真的,我住在台北的時候我迷路了很多次! […]

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Understanding the i’s in Pinyin

The use of the letter “i” in pinyin can be confusing. Pinyin is the use of the ABC’s, such as is used in English, to symbolize sounds in the Chinese language. Sometimes the pinyin sounds are fairly similar to the English sounds, and sometimes they are quite different.   When saying some words, the single […]

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When the Chicken Tries to Talk with the Duck 雞同鴨講 -a Chinese Idiom

  當我跟中文老師聊天關於我在墨西哥度假說不同語言的經驗時, (當)(我)(跟)(中文)(老師)(聊天)(關於)… (ㄉㄤ) (ㄨㄛˇ) (ㄍㄣ) (ㄓㄨㄥ ㄨㄣˊ) (ㄌㄠˇ ㄕ) (ㄌㄧㄠˊ ㄊㄧㄢ) (ㄍㄨㄢ ㄩˊ) (dāng)(wǒ)(gēn)(zhōng wén)(lǎo shī)(liáo tiān)(guān yú) (just at)(I)(with)(Chinese language)(teacher)(chat)(about) …..(我)(在)(墨西哥)(度假)(的)(經驗)(時), ……(ㄨㄛˇ) (ㄗㄧˋ) (ㄇㄛˋ ㄒㄧ ㄍㄜ) (ㄉㄨˋ ㄐㄧㄚˋ) (ㄉㄜ˙) (ㄐㄧㄥ ㄧㄢˋ) (ㄕˋ), ……(wǒ)(zài)(mò xī gē)(dù jià)(de.)(jīng yàn)(shì) ……(my)(at)(Mexico)(vacation)(adjective marker)(experience)(time) When I was chatting with my Chinese teacher about my Mexican vacation,   她馬上就說: […]

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Driving in the Snow 在雪地上開車 in Chinese

在雪地上開車 (在)(雪)(地)(上)(開車) (ㄗㄞˋ) (ㄒㄩㄝˇ) (ㄉㄧˋ) (ㄕㄤˋ) (ㄎㄞ ㄔㄜ) (zai4) (xue3) (di4) (shang4) (kai1 che1) (at, on) (snow) (ground) (on) (drive car) Driving in the snow 在雪地上開車很難。 (在)(雪)(地)(上)(開車)(很)(難) (ㄗㄞˋ) (ㄒㄩㄝˇ) (ㄉㄧˋ) (ㄕㄤˋ) (ㄎㄞ ㄔㄜ)(ㄏㄣˇ) (ㄋㄢˊ) (zai4) (xue3) (di4) (shang4) (kai1 che1) (hen3) (nan2) (at, on) (snow) (ground) (on) (drive car) (very) (hard, difficult) Driving in the […]

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