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What if 風吹 the Wind Blows in Chinese

My Chinese tutor was talking to me about what happens when the wind blows. It all started with remembering her then four year old’s wisdom about money, which is,   (錢)(是)(用來)[(花)(的)]。 (qian2) (shi4) (yong4 lai2) [(hua1)(de.)] (money) (is) (used for) [(to spend)(used to turn a verb into the noun of prepositional phrase)] Money is used for […]

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How to Run a Marathon in Chinese 怎麼跑步馬拉松說中文

When someone asks me 「(妳)(跑)(馬拉松)(須要)(做)(那些)(準備)?」 (ni3) (pao3) (ma3 la1 song1)❶ (xu1 yao4)❷ (zuo4) (na3 xie1)❸ (zhun3 bei4)? (you) (to run) (marathon) (need) (to do) (what those) (prepare)? “What do you need to do to prepare to run a marathon?”   I say, “Most importantly (我)(須要)(跑)(更長更久).」 (wo3) (xu1 yao4) (pao3) (geng4 chang2 geng4 jiu3) (I) (need) […]

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If You Know Someone Well Enough You Can 碰面,But If Not, Just 見面

Every other Wednesday, (我)(會)(在)(下午)(三點鐘)(跟)(幾個)[(親近)(的)](朋友)(碰面)。❶ (wo3) (hui4) (zai4) (xia4 wu3) (san1 dian3 zhong1)( (gen1) (ji3 ge.) [(qin1 jin4)(de.)] (peng2 you3) (peng4 mian4) (I) (will) (at) (afternoon) (3 o’clock) (with) (few) [(close, intimate)(indicates previous word is adjective to following word)](friends) (meet, bump into) I meet with a few close friends at 3 o’clock in the afternoon.   […]

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How to be a Chinese Housewife 家庭主婦

I recently learned how to be a Chinese 家庭主婦 [(jia1 ting2 zhu3 fu4), (house hall master wife), (housewife)]。 It didn’t take long, (因為)(在)(美國)[(家庭主婦)(的)](工作)(也)(一樣)。 (yin1 wei4) (zai4) (mei3 guo2) [(jia1 ting2 zhu3 fu2) (de.)] (gong1 zuo4) (ye3) (yi1 yang4) (because) (in) (United States, America) [(housewife) (‘s)] (work, duty, job) (also) (alike) because in the US a […]

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Explaining Things I’d Rather Do Than 看電視 in Chinese

We all have things we’d rather do. Some people think it strange that (比起)(看)(電視),(我)(寧可)(學)(中文)。 (bi3 qi3) (kan4) (dian4 shi4), (wo3) (ning2 ke3) (xue2) (zhong1 wen2) (compare to) (watch) (television), (I) (prefer, rather) (learn) (Chinese). I would rather study Chinese than watch TV.   Really 真的 (zhen1 de.), (比起)(看)(電視), (我)(寧可)(做)(很多)(其他的)(事情),(讓)(我)(覺得)(更)(放鬆)。❶ (see notes below) (bi3 qi3) (kan4) […]

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Deciding Whether to Use 寬恕 or 原諒 to Forgive People in Chinese Who Have Eaten Your Cookies

When I wrote my mushy love song in Chinese, I learned to say (我們)(寬恕)[(彼此)(的)](缺點)。 (wo3 men.) (kuan1 shu4) [(bi3 ci3)(de.)] (que1 dian3) (we) (forgive) [(each other) (‘s)] (lacking points) We forgive each other’s faults.   In a subsequent lesson, my tutor and I got to talking about (哪莉)[(吃)(了)] [(全部)(的)](我的)(食物) (na4 li4) [(chi1)9le.)] [(quan2 bu4)(de.)] (wo3 […]

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