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.
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In this unit, learn to:
Use of causative verbs “使”, “叫” and “让”
Causative verbs are used to cause or influence people to do things. The most common causative verbs in Chinese are: “使”, “叫” and “让”. In English, these causative verbs basically all have the same meaning of "to make", "to let", "to have," and " to get".
“使” is used in more formal or written Chinese, whereas “叫” and “让” are used more in spoken Chinese.
Love makes me young.
I am very moved by the ending of this romance novel.
Use the interrogative pronouns to express that every member to be the same in a certain scope.
We use the interrogative pronouns such as “谁 (who)”, “怎么 (how)”, “什么 (what)”, “哪儿 (where)” to express that every member to be the same in a certain scope, without exception.
In particular, we combine the interrogative pronouns with “都” to make words and phrases like "everywhere" or "everyone."
谁都想身体健康。(Note: 谁都 = everyone)
Everyone wants to be healthy.
今天晚上在哪儿吃饭都可以。(Note: 哪儿…都 = everywhere)
I can eat anywhere tonight.
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:
变 [ biàn ] (v) to change; to become
比较 [ bǐ jiào ] (adv) fairly; rather
地 [ de ] (part) used to connect an adverbial modifier and the verb it modifies
个子 [ ɡè zi ] (n) height; stature
敢 [ ɡǎn ] (v) to dare
关心 [ ɡuān xīn ] (v) to care for; to be interested in
哭 [ kū ] (v) to cry
蓝 [ lán ] (adj) blue
脸 [ liǎn ] (n) face
了解 [ liǎo jiě ] (v) to know
女孩儿 [ nǚ háir ] (n) girl
声音 [ shēnɡ yīn ] (n) sound; voice
刷牙 [ shuā yá ] (v) to brush the teeth
同事 [ tónɡ shì ] (n) colleague
头发 [ tóu fɑ ] (n) hair
完成 [ wán chénɡ ] (v) to complete
洗澡 [ xǐ zǎo ] (v) to take a bath/shower
长 [ zhǎnɡ ] (v) to grow; to develop