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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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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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Preparing for Thanksgiving 準備過感恩節 in Chinese

準備過感恩節 (準備)(過)(感恩節) (ㄓㄨㄣˇ ㄅㄟˋ) (ㄍㄨㄛˋ) (ㄍㄢˇ ㄣ ㄐㄧㄝˊ) (zhun3 bei4) (guo4) (gan3 en1 jie2) (to prepare) (to celebrate) (Thanksgiving) Preparing for Thanksgiving❶   上週因為要過感恩節,我們不斷地忙著。 (上)(週)(因為)(要)(過)(感恩節),(我們)[(不)(斷)](地)(忙)(著) (ㄕㄤˋ) (ㄓㄡ) (ㄧㄣ ㄨㄟˋ) (ㄧㄠˋ) (ㄍㄨㄛˋ) (ㄍㄢˇ ㄣ ㄐㄧㄝˊ), (ㄨㄛˇ  ㄇㄣ˙) [(ㄅㄨˊ) (ㄉㄨㄢˋ)] (ㄉㄜ˙) (ㄇㄤˊ) (ㄓㄜ˙) (shang4) (zhou1) (yin1 wei4) (yao4) (guo4) (gan3 en1 jie2), (wo3 men.) [(bu2)(duan4)] (de.) (mang) […]

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How to Know if You Are Off the Scale Hot 怎麼知道你自己熱的指數破表了 in Chinese

How to Know if You Are Off the Scale Hot in Chinese 怎麼知道你自己熱的指數破表了 (怎麼)(知道)(你)(自己)(熱)(的)❶(指數)(破表)(了) (zen3 me.) (zhi1 dao4) (ni3) (zi4 ji3) (re4) (de.) (zhi3 shu4) (po4 biao3) (le.) (how) (to know) (you) (oneself) (hot) (adjective marker)            (index) (broke scale) (emphasize completion)                 My […]

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How to Kill a Spider 如何踩死一隻蜘蛛 in Chinese

如何踩死一隻蜘蛛 (如何)(踩死)(一隻)(蜘蛛) (ru2 he2) (cai3 si3) (yi1 zhi1) (zhi1 zhu1) (how to) (step on and kill) (one/a + measure word for spider) (spider) How to kill a spider   I have a very nice master bedroom and bathroom. 因為在地下室,所以有好處也有壞處。 (因為)(在)(地下室),(所以)(有)(好處)(也)(有)(壞處) (yin1 wei4) (zai4) (di4 xia4 shi4), (suo3 yi3) (you3) (hao3 chu4) (ye3) (you3) (huai4 chu4) […]

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Deciding What to Eat for Breakfast 決定早餐吃什麼 in Chinese

決定早餐吃什麼 (決定)(早餐)(吃)(什麼) (jue2 ding4) (zao3 can1) (chi1) (shen2 me.) (to decide) (breakfast) (to eat) (what) Deciding what to eat for breakfast.   My tutor often asks me, 吃過早餐了嗎? (吃)(過)❶(早餐)(了)(嗎) (chi1) (guo4) (zao3 can1) (le.) (ma.) (to eat) (indicates something has passed or happened) (early meal) (expletive emphasizing completion of action) (question sound) Have you eaten […]

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Homemade Cookies 自己做餅乾 in Chinese

  自己做餅乾 (自己)(做)(餅乾) (zi4 ji3) (zuo4) (bing3 gan1) (self, one’s self) (to make) (cookie) Homemade cookies   I eat a lot of cookies. 我們住在台灣的時候,烤很多餅乾。 (我們)(住)(在)(台灣)(的時候)❶,(烤)❷(很)(多)(餅乾) (wo3 men.) (zhu4) (zai4) (tai2 wan1) (de. shi2 hou4), (kao3) (hen3) (duo1) (bing3 gan1) (we) (to live) (at) (Taiwan) (when), (to bake or roast) (very) (many) (cookie) When we lived […]

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When It Is None of Your Business 什麼時候不關你的事 in Chinese

什麼時候不關你的事 (什麼時候)(不)(關)(你的)(事) (shen2 me. shi2 hou4) (bu4) (guan1) (ni3 de.) (shi4) (when) (not) (related to, concerning) (your) (affair, matter, business) When it is none of your business.   Busy bodies abound in every culture. 到處都會有人要告訴別人怎麼過生活。 (到處)(都)(會)(有)(人)(要)(告訴)(別人)(怎麼)(過)❶(生活)。 (dao4 chu4) (dou1) (hui4) (you3) (ren2) (yao4) (gao4 su4) (bie2 ren2) (zen3 me.) (guo4) (sheng1 huo2) (to arrive + […]

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Practice Speaking Chinese at the Chocolate Store

在巧克力店裡練習說中文 (在)(巧克力)(店)(裡)(練習)(說)(中文) (zai4) (qiao3 ke4 li4) (dian4) (li3) (lian4 xi2) (shuo1) (zhong1 wen2) (at) (chocolate) (store) (in) (practice) (to speak) (Chinese language) Practice Speaking Chinese at the Chocolate Store     It can be scary, but it is a good habit to get into. 如果你要學會說中文,你就得跟許多人練習說。 (如果)(你)(要)(學會)❶(說)(中文),(你)(就)(得)(跟)(許多)(人)(練習)(說)。 (ru2 guo3) (ni3) (yao4) (xue2 hui4) (shuo1) (zhong1 wen2) […]

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