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Talk About Weather

People often love to talk about the weather, it is always a good way of breaking the ice especially when starting a conversation. It is quite the same in China. Let us see how to use Mandarin to talk about weather to kick started your conversation whenever necessary as follows.

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Chen Wei is walking in the park with Jia Jia after lunch. Watch below video and listen to their conversation.

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今 天 天 气 真 好 !

jīn tiān tiān qì zhēn hǎo!

The weather is so good today!

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来 公 园  散 散 步  , 多 舒 服 啊 !

lái ɡōnɡ yuán sàn sàn bù , duō shū fu a !

It is very comfortable to have a walk in the park!

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是 啊 ! 昨 天 明 明 还 下 着 大 雨 ,

shì a ! zuó tiān mínɡ mínɡ hái xià zhe dà yǔ ,

What! Yesterday, it was still raining heavily,

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今 天 就 出 大 太 阳 了!

jīn tiān jiù chū dà tài yánɡ le!

but the sun is shining today!

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天 气 预 报 说 , 今 天 天 气 晴 朗 呢.

tiān qì yù bào shuō , jīn tiān tiān qì qínɡ lǎnɡ ne.

The weather forecast said that the weather is sunny today.

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你 一 直 撑 着 雨 伞 干 嘛 ?

nǐ yì zhí chēnɡ zhe yú sǎn ɡàn mɑ?

Why don’t you still hold with an umbrella?

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太 阳 那 么 大 , 我 怕 晒 黑  !

tài yánɡ nà me dà , wǒ pà shài hēi!

The sunlight is so bright, I am afraid of getting tanned.

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一 个 大 男 人 , 还 怕 什 么 变 黑 的 。

yí ɡè dà nán rén , hái pà shén me biàn hēi de 。

A big man, afraid of your skin getting tanned.

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你 沒 听 说 过 吗 ? 一 白 遮 三 丑 。

nǐ méi tīnɡ shuō ɡuò mɑ ? yì bái zhē sān chǒu 。

Haven’t you heard of it? White skin can hide three ugly shortcomings.

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Vocabulary to know

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散步 [ sàn bù ] (v-o)

Go for a walk

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我 们 去 公 园 散 散 步 吧 !

wǒ men qù ɡōnɡ yuán sàn sàn bù bɑ !

Let's go for a walk in the park!

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多 (多么) [ duō (duō me) ] (adv)

Very, to a great extent

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快 看, 这 儿 多 么 漂 亮 啊 !

kuài kàn , zhèr duō me piāo liàng ā !

Look, how beautiful this place is!

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明明 [ mínɡ mínɡ ] (adv)

Obviously, undoubtedly

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你 明 明 就 是 这 么 说 的!

nǐ mínɡ mínɡ jiù shì zhè me shuō de!

That's exactly what you said!

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着 [ zhe ] (part)

Used after a verb to express action in progress

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外 面 下 着 大 雨 。

wài miàn xià zhe dà yǔ 。

It's raining heavily outside.

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太阳 [ tài yánɡ ] (n)

A little / some

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今 天 是 阴 天,没 有 太 阳。

jīn tiān shì yīn tiān , méi yǒu tài yáng 。

There is no sun and it's cloudy today.

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天气预报 [ tiān qì yù bào ] (n)

Weather forecast

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每 天 早 上 我 都 听 天 气 预 报。

měi tiān zǎo shɑnɡ wǒ dōu tīnɡ tiān qì yù bào 。

I listen to the weather forecast every morning.

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晴朗 [ qínɡ lǎnɡ ] (adj)

Sunny and bright

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今 天 真 是 晴 朗 的 一天 !

jīn tiān zhēn shì qínɡ lǎnɡ de yì tiān !

What a sunny day today!

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撑 [ chēnɡ ] (v)

To open, unfurl

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他 在 帮 他 的 朋 友 撑 伞 。

tā zài bānɡ tā de pénɡ you chēnɡ sǎn 。

He is holding an umbrella for his friends.

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雨伞 [ yú sǎn ] (n)

Umbrella

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这 不 是 我 的 雨 伞。

zhè bú shì wǒ de yú sǎn 。

This is not my umbrella.

Rules of Grammar

多 (duō) / 多 么 (duō me)

  • " 多 duō / 多 么 duō me " is translated into "very" in English, is used to intensify adjectives. The structure is " Subject + 多 duō + Adjective "

  • Difference between "多 duō " and " 很 hěn "
    "很 hěn " means "very" as well. However,  "很 hěn " cannot be used in exclamatory sentences while " 多 duō " is used only for exclamations.

Example: 

  • " 多 美 啊!duō měi ā  !" (It’s so beautiful!)

  • " 今 天 天 气 多 舒 服 啊!jīn tiān tiān qì duō shū fu ! " (Today’s weather is so nice!)

一 直 ( yì zhí )

  • " 一 直 yì zhí " is used to express that somebody has been continuously doing something, or that something will continuously happen in the future.

  • The structure is " Subject + 一 直 yì zhí + Predicate "

Example: 

  1. " 他 一 直 很 忙 。 tā yì zhí hěn mánɡ 。" (He is always very busy.)

  2. " 我 一 直 在 学 习 中 文。wǒ yì zhí zài xué xí zhōnɡ wén 。" I have been studying Chinese all along.

Write Chinese

是 [ shì ] (v)

下雨[ xià yǔ ] (v)

Extended Learning

(1) " 一 白 遮 三 丑 yì bái zhē sān chǒu "

There is an old saying in Chinese, " 一 白 遮 三 丑 yì bái zhē sān chǒu " (white skin can hide three ugly shortcomings). From this expression, it is not hard to see how important the fair skin is to Chinese people, in particularly, girls are fond of protecting skin from direct strong sunlight by using a sun umbrella, protective clothing or sunscreen on sunny days in order to avoid sunlight from getting their skin tanned.


(2) Some useful vocabulary about weather conditions as follows.


  • " 热 rè "  (hot)

  • " 温 暖 wēn nuǎn "  (warm)

  • " 冷 lěng " (cold)

  • " 下 雨 xià yǔ "  (raining)

  • " 下 雪 xià xuě "  (snowing)

  • " 大 风 dà fēng "  (windy)

  • " 多 云 duō yún "  (cloudy)

  • " 有 雾 yǒu wù "  (foggy)

  • " 潮 湿 cháo shī "  (moist)

  • " 干 gān " (dry)

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