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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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What TV Program Would You Like to Watch 你喜歡看什麼電視節目 in Chinese

你喜歡看什麼電視節目? (你)(喜歡)(看)(什麼)(電視)(節目) (ㄋㄧˇ) (ㄒㄧˇ ㄏㄨㄢ) (ㄎㄢˋ)(ㄕㄣˊ ㄇㄜ˙) (ㄉㄧㄢˋ ㄕˋ) (ㄐㄧㄝˊ ㄇㄨˋ) (ni3) (xi3 huan1) (kan4) (shen2 me.) (dian4 shi4) (jie2 mu4) (you) (to like) (to watch) (what) (TV) (program) What TV program would you like to watch?   You can also ask it like this:   你想看什麼電視節目? (你)(想看)(什麼)(電視)(節目) (ㄋㄧˇ) (ㄒㄧㄤˇ ㄎㄢˋ) (ㄕㄣˊ ㄇㄜˊ) (ㄉㄧㄢˋ ㄕˋ) […]

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What Are You Not Used To 你對什麼不習慣 in Chinese

If you are asking generally what sorts of things that someone is not used to, you ask:   你對什麼不習慣? (你) (對) (什麼) (不) (習慣 (ㄋㄧˇ) (ㄉㄨㄟˋ) (ㄕㄣˊ ㄇㄜ˙) (ㄅㄨˋ) (ㄒㄧˊ ㄍㄨㄢˋ) (ni3) (dui4) (shen2 me.) (bu4) (xi2 guan4) (you) (toward, with regard to) (what) (not) (used to, habit) What are you not used to?   […]

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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 Know if You Are Confused 如何知道自己是否糊塗了 in Chinese

如何知道自己是否糊塗了 (如何)(知道)(自己)(是否)(糊塗)(了) (ru2 he2) (zhi1 dao4) (zi4 ji3) (shi4 fou3) (hu2 tu2) (le.) (how to) (to know) (oneself) (yes or no) (confused) (completed action) How to know if you are confused. My tutor has been teaching me about the word 搞 (gao3). It is a lot like the English word “get,” which is, in fact, […]

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When You Want to Do Something First 當你要先做某件事情的時候 in Chinese

  當你要先做某件事情的時候 (當)(你)(要)(先)(做)(某)(件)(事情)(的時候) (dang1) (ni3) (yao4) (xian1) (zuo4) (mou3) (jian4) (shi4 qing2) (de. shi2 hou4) (just at) (you) (to want) (first) (to do) (some) (measure word) (affair, matter) (when) When you want to do something first   In everyday conversation, there is often the desire to communicate the order of things. What did you do […]

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The To Do of 幹 (gan4) Versus 做 (zuo4) and Avoiding Harsh Swearing in Chinese

One of the worst nightmares in speaking a foreign language is saying something really embarrassing. Tones are the typical reason this happens to non-native Chinese speakers. You can’t really fault the native speakers for giggling if you call your mother 媽媽(ma1 ma.) a horse 馬 (ma3) accidentally. There is some consolation in it being a […]

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