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Are You Coming or Going 進來或出去 in Chinese

People are always coming and going. Suppose someone asks you:   你知道我的兒子在哪裡? (你)(知道)(我的)(兒子)(在)(哪裡) (ㄋㄧˇ) (ㄓ ㄉㄠˋ) (ㄨㄛˇ ㄉㄜ˙) (ㄦˊ ㄗ˙) (ㄗㄞˋ) (ㄋㄚˇ ㄌㄧˇ) (nǐ)(zhī dào)(wǒ de.)(ér zi.)(zài)(nǎ lǐ) (you)(to know)(my)(son)(at)(where) Do you know where my son is?   And suppose you saw him leaving the house. How you answer will depend on your location compared […]

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Chinese Lesson Blurb: Key Chains and Donuts

A fun word association that came up in my Chinese lesson today is going to help me remember how to say “key chain,” or more accurately “key ring,” in Chinese. 鑰匙圈 means “key chain.” Let me break it down. 鑰匙    ㄧㄠˋ ㄕ˙ (yào shi.) means “key” 圈        ㄑㄩㄢ (quān) means “circle, […]

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Are You Finished 你完成了嗎 in Chinese

The other day I accidentally told my Chinese tutor that I was perfect.   我說「我完全了!」 (我)(說)「(我)(完全)(了)!」 (ㄨㄛˇ) (ㄕㄨㄛ) [(ㄨㄛˇ) (ㄨㄢˊ ㄑㄨㄢˊ) (ㄌㄜ˙)] (wǒ)(shuō) [(wǒ)(wán quán)(le.)!] (I)(to say, to speak) [(I)(complete, whole, totally, entirely)(intensifies preceding clause)!] I said, “I am perfect!”   I was trying to explain that I had finished something.   她覺得好笑! (她)[(覺)(得)](好笑) (ㄊㄚ) […]

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You Want to Do More of Something 你想要多做某件事情 in Chinese

你想要多做某件事情 (你)(想要)(多)(做)(某件)(事情) (ㄋㄧˇ) (ㄒㄧㄤˇ ㄧㄠˋ) (ㄉㄨㄛ) (ㄗㄨㄛˋ) (ㄇㄡˇ ㄐㄧㄢˋ) (ㄕˋ ㄑㄧㄥˊ) (nǐ)(xiǎng yào)(duō)(zuò)(mǒu jiàn)(shì qíng) (you)(think to want)(more)(to do)(some + MW for affair)(affair, matter, business, thing) You want to do more of something Sometimes we want to do more of something than we are, like practice more or save more. A basic Chinese sentence structure […]

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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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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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