How to express ‘want’ 想 xiǎng

买什么
Nǐ xiǎng mǎi shénme
What do you want to buy?

买手机
Wǒ xiǎng mǎi shǒujī
I want to buy a mobile phone.

喝什么
Nǐ xiǎng hē shénme
What would you like to drink?

喝咖啡
Wǒ xiǎng hē kāfēi
I would like to drink coffee.

吃什么
Nǐ xiǎng chī shénme
What would you like to eat?

吃薯条
Wǒ xiǎng chī shǔ tiáo
I would like to eat fries.

看电影
Wǒ xiǎng kàn diànyǐng
I want to watch a movie.

Demonstrative & Interrogative Pronoun

Some characters might look the same for English speakers but the trick is how you pronounce the words. Tone is important!


Zhè
This
Example:
太贵了。
Zhè tài guì le.
This is too expensive.

这儿
Zhè’er
Here
Example:
你为什么在这儿
Nĭ wèi shénmē zaì zhèr?
Why are you here?

这些
Zhèxiē
These ones
Example:
这些菜难道不好吃吗?
Zhèxiē cài nándào bù hào chī ma?
Are not these dishes delicious?



That
Example:
啊!是真的吗?
Shénme! Nà shì zhēn de ma?
What! Is that true?

那儿
Nà’er
There
Example:
你看那儿
Nǐ kàn nà’er!
Look there!



Which
Example:
个桌子?
nǎ ge zhuō zi
Which table?

哪儿
Nǎ’er
Where
Example:
你住在哪儿?
nǐ zhù zài nǎ r
Where do you live?


Shéi
Who
Example:
她是
tā shì shéi
Who is she?

什么
Shénme
What
Example:
你的名字是什么?
nǐ de míng zi shì shén me?
What is your name?

多少
Duōshǎo
How much
Example:
这个衣服多少
zhè ge yī fu duō shao qián
How much is this dress?



How many (less than 10)
Example:
现在点了
xiàn zài jǐ diǎn le
What time is it?

怎么
Zěnme
How
Example:
这本书怎么
zhè běn shū zěn me yàng
How is this book?

怎么样
Zěnme yàng
How is it (indicating nature/condition)
Example:
那儿怎么样
nà r zěn me yàng
What is it like there?

再见!

Resources:

http://www.purpleculture.net

One Month Update 一个月的更新

It’s been a month of overwhelming Chinese learning. To take the HSK1 test, you have to know 150 Chinese words. I can now recognize 60% of those words. However, I’m still a total beginner and ‘tone’ deaf. 哈哈哈

Writing the lessons in a notebook allows me to review all the materials instead of having it saved on a word file. I’m kind of old school. This method works for me.

Here are my notes. I have a notebook for each learning source. They are ZerotoHero, Yoyo Chinese, Duolingo app, HelloChinese app and one for my Online Tutor. You may ask how I manage my time. I spend 30 minutes for each. That’s a total of 2 hours a day. My online tutor is 3x a week where we practice speaking and focusing on tones, listening and discussing my homework (sentences I made with new words from previous lesson.)

Here is a diy flashcard I created. I write down a new word and practice reading it everyday so I don’t forget.

Here’s another notebook where I log all the new words. If I don’t want to use my diy flash cards, I use this by just folding and covering the words. It’s a trick I learned from LissLearns (Youtube)

I bought a Tián zì gé notebook from Amazon. Here I practice writing the characters. HSK 1 does not include writing yet but I decided to start now rather than later. I follow the strokes from this website: https://dictionary.hantrainerpro.com

I also make it a habit to listen to Chinese music and watch Chinese dramas to immerse myself and get used to the tones and environment.

So, there you have it. My one month update. I’m looking forward to the day I will take my HSK1 exam.

 

再见!Zàijiàn

What is HSK?

Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK; Chinese: 汉语水平考试; pinyin: Hànyǔ Shuǐpíng Kǎoshì), translated as the Chinese Proficiency Test, is the standardized test of Standard Chinese (a type of Mandarin Chinese) language proficiency of China for non-native speakers such as foreign students and overseas Chinese. The test is administered by the Hanban, an agency of the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China.

Resources:
ZerotoHero
YoyoChinese
Duolingo App
HelloChinese App

Chinese Dramas:
Netflix and Youtube
Asian Drama Group Facebook
Rakuten VIKI
Youku
Iqiyi

 

 

 

 

 

 

Family 家 and How Many 几

New Words:

家 Jiā – family
有 Yǒu – to have/there is/are
口 Kǒu – measure word for counting people in a household
奴儿 Nú er – daughter
几 Jǐ – how many
岁 Suì – year old
了 Le – particle to indicate change
今年 Jīnnián – this year
多大 Duō Dà – how much age

Example:

你今年几岁了
Nǐ jīnnián jǐ suì le?
How old are you this year?

我三十岁了
Wǒ èrshí suì le。
I’m 30 years old.

你儿子几岁了
Nǐ érzi jǐ suì le?
How old is your son?

她今年七岁了
Tā jīnnián qī suì le。
He is seven years old.

坤医生多大了
Kūn yīshēng duō dà le?
How old is Doctor Kun?

她今年四十岁了
Tā jīnnián sìshí suì le。
She is forty years old.

再见!

Daily Conversation

These are the new sentences/phrases I learned.

发生了什么
fā shēng le shén me
What happened?

我是认真的
wǒ shì rèn zhēn de
I’m serious!

你很帅
nǐ hěn shuài
You are handsome.

你是从哪儿来的
nǐ shì cóng nǎ’er lái de
Where are you from?

你是哪国人
nǐ shì nǎ guó rén?
What country are you from?

你过奖了
nǐ guò jiǎng le
You flatter me.

太贵了
tài guì le
Too expensive.

走吧
zǒu ba
Let’s go.

我饿了
wǒ è le
I’m hungry.

我饿死了
wǒ è sǐ le
I’m starving!

吃饱了
chī bǎo le
I am full.

再见!