Open Class HSK test -

Unit 9

What does he do? 他是做什么的?

Learning Objective 

Chinese Grammar

The Chinese grammar section explains the main grammatical structures you need to know in order to make your own sentences.  There are example sentences to show how the language is used. 


Watch our videos to help you understand grammar and listen our audios to help you pronounce the language in an interactive, clear and simple way.

In this unit, learn to:

1. Ask a person’s occupation using grammatical structure of


Subject + 是 + 做什么 + 的?



他是做什么的?  What does he do?

你朋友是做什么的?  What does your friend do?


2. State a person's occupation using grammatical structure of

Subject + 是 +  occupation



我是老师。  I am a teacher.

我朋友是飞行员。  My friend is a pilot.

Chinese Vocabulary and Writing

The Chinese vocabulary and writing section introduces new Chinese vocabulary you need to know in order to understand the language.  For each new vocabulary, you learn what it means, how to pronounce and write it. 

Having a good vocabulary will help you improve your language level and become a more confident speaker of Mandarin.  Practising Chinese writing is often one of the best ways to improve your vocabulary.


Chinese character copybooks available online or in printed format enable you to practise your Chinese writing in a stroke by stroke manner.  


In this unit, learn how to pronounce and write new vocabulary below:

  • 从 [ cónɡ ] From (a place or time)

  • 长 [ chánɡ ] Long

  • 开 [ kāi ] To drive

  • 出租车 [ chū zū chē ] Taxi, cab

  • 工作  [ gōng zuò ] To work; job

  • 来 [ lái ] To come

  • 每 [ měi ] Each; every

Supplementary Notes