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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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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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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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Just About To 正要 in Chinese

    Last week, my tutor introduced me to a very helped phrase and grammar structure for Chinese. The gist of the English translation is:     “just when (someone) was going to proceed to do _(this)_, _(this other thing)_happened (to interrupt).” We both made up several sentences using this, which I hope you find […]

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