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 "着" to express the meaning of existence
Use "着" to express the meaning of existence, its general grammatical structure is "Place + Verb + 着 + Numeral + Measure + Noun". A place can be “in a chair”, “on the table”, etc. Verbs that are paired with 着 are usually stative verbs like ““坐(sit), 放 (put)”, “写(write)”, etc.
There is an old man sitting in a chair.
There is a cup of black tea on the table.
Negative form of the sentence is as follows:
Place + 没 + Verb + 着 + Noun
There is no old man sitting on the chair.
No black tea on the table.
Use two successive numbers to express approximate numbers
To express approximate numbers, we pair two successive numbers, for examples, “一两 (one or two)”, “三四 (three or four)”, etc. The grammatical structure is “Two Successive Numbers + N”.
If you send it out now, I will receive it in a day or two.
I'm used to drinking three or four cups of coffee a day.
Use reduplication of monosyllabic adjectives to describe and put emphasis on specific characteristics of a person or a thing.
Use reduplication of monosyllabic adjectives to describe and put emphasis on specific characteristics of a person or a thing, its grammatical structure is "Adj + Adj + 的".
The little girl blushes like an apple.
Her eyes are big and beautiful.
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:
办公室 [ bàn ɡōnɡ shì ] (n) office
聪明 [ cōnɡ minɡ ] (adj) cleaver; smart
衬衫 [ chèn shān ] (n) shirt
当然 [ dānɡ rán ] (adv) of course
放 [ fànɡ ] (v) to put; to place
分 [ fēn ] (m) fen; a unite of money (=1/10 jiao)
花 [ huā ] (n) flower
角 [ jiǎo ] (m) jiao; a unite of money(=1/10 yuan)
旧 [ jiù ] (adj) old; used; worn
可爱 [ kě ài ] (adj) lovely; adorable
裤子 [ kù zi ] (n) pants
绿 [ lǜ ] (adj) green
条 [ tiáo ] (m) used for pants; dresses,etc.
一样 [ yí yànɡ ] (adj) same; as..as..
元 [ yuán ] (m) unite of money
站 [ zhàn ] (v) to stand
重要 [ zhònɡ yào ] (adj) important