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Any questions? 有沒有問題

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Dear friends,
Here is the new lesson today. We just keep learning some new words as well as reviewing the previous Chinese idioms like: 有沒有(Do you have..) and 為什麼(why, for what). Please watch the following video:


The first sentence has no subject, just a question:
Any questions?
有沒有問題 Yǒu méi yǒu wèn-tí
有沒有(Do you have..) + 問題(question)

here is the Chinese idiom 有沒有(Do you have..), is combined by 2 words:
have
有 yǒu
don't have 沒有 méi yǒu
one is positive, and the other is negative, normally the positive character with a 不(not) or 沒(none) to form a negative 2-character word.

Here is the following phrase:
I have a question.. 我有一個問題 Wǒ yǒu yí ge wèn-tí
我(I) + 有(have) + 一個(one) + 問題(question)
note: the 一個(one) is a numerary adjunct, to count the number of questions, issues, people, and this kind of Chinese unit characters is very complicated for the beginners, you will be used to them when reading enough examples, just be patient, please don't worry about that.

The next phrase:
What is your qu…

Do you have time? 你有沒有時間

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Dear friends,
Here is the video lesson today. We are going to learn two 2-character Chinese words: 有空(available, have time) and 沒空(don't have time) in modern Chinese conversation. Please watch the following video:

The first phrase:
Do you have time?
你有沒有時間 Nǐ yǒu méi yǒu shí-jiān
你(you) + 有沒有(do you have..) + 時間(time)
here is the 3-character Chinese idiom:
Do you have.. 有沒有 yǒu méi yǒu
有(have) + 沒有(don't have)
沒有(don't have) = 沒(none, not) + 有(have)

and the reply of the first phrase:
I don't have time right now. 我現在沒有時間 Wǒ xiàn-zài méi yǒu shíj-iān
我(I) + 現在(now) + 沒有(don't have) + 時間(time)

Now, the third phrase is the same as the first phrase:
Are you free right now? 你現在有空嗎 Nǐ xiàn-zài yǒu kòng ma
你(you) + 現在(now) + 有空(available) + 嗎(question tag)
Here is the 2-character Chinese word:
available, be free 有空 yǒu kòng
有(have) + 空(spare time)

and the reply is basically the same as the previous one:
I am not available right now. 我現在沒空 Wǒ xiàn-zài méi kòng
我(I) + 現在(now) + 沒空(don't …

Long time, no see. 好久不見

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Dear friends,

Here is the video today, we are going to learn the Chinese word 還 (still), and other three ending tag characters 嗎(ma), 呢(ne), 了(le) in modern Chinese sentences. Please watch the follow video for details:


The video is about the dialogue of two friends come across, as in the figure, named Amy and Billy.

Amy: (first part of the phrase)

Long time, no see. 好久不見
Háo jiǔ bú jiàn
好久(quite a while) + 不(not) + 見(see)

Amy: (second part of the phrase)


How are you recently? 你最近還好嗎 Nǐ zuì-jìn hái hǎo ma

你(you) + 最近(recently) + 還(still) + 好(good) + 嗎(question tag)

note: the Chinese character 還(still) which is used in modern sentences, it's like "kind of" in English sentence. The 嗎(ma) is a question tag, which is added on the end of an interrogative sentence.


Billy: (first part of the phrase)

I'm okay. What about you? 我還好. 你呢
Wǒ hái hǎo. Nǐ ne
我(I) + 還(still) + 好(good). + 你(you) + 呢(ending tag)

note: again, the Chinese character 還(still) which is used in modern sentences, it'…

About the latest news..關於最近的新聞

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Dear friends,

Here is the newest video lesson today, Let's Talk in Chinese Series  Lesson 39. I have been busy with creating a new section of the Index of Chinese Phrases and Vocabulary which contains all the dialogues of our previous video lessons. In order to update the contents of this new index section, I focus more details on my newly created video lesson (this Lesson 39), with more sub-phrases instructed repeatedly. Please watch the video and be patient, since it's a longer version, but it is worth watching lesson, you will learn some new Chinese words without memorizing them sedulously.


The first sentence is the first part of an interrogative sentence:


About the latest news..
關於最近的新聞 Guān-yú zuì-jìn de xīn-wén
關於(about) + 最近(latest) + 的(of) + 新聞(news)


note: here we don't use the subject (It) to start a sentence like English, "It's about the.." We just start with the word "About 關於" in this Chinese sentence, that's normal in Chinese grammar.

the…

Index of Chinese phrases and vocabulary mp3 files

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Dear friends,

I have been busy with the editing the new section of my Chinese Database Site, the index of the mp3 files of Chinese phrase and vocabulary. These mp3 files are the material of my Chinese instruction video lesson Let's Talk in Chinese. It took me a whole week to re-edit the existing mp3 files, and create more short Chinese phrases to link longer sentences. I will add more phrases onto the index once new video lessons are created in the future.

The index is listed alphabetically, please visit the main page via:
http://www.chinese-word.com/phrase/index.html

Index of Chinese Phrases and Vocabulary 
with mp3 audio pronunciations and related video instruction lessons


The new video lessons will be uploaded to my YouTube channel very soon, thanks for reading my blog.

Have a nice day!

Andres Leo




Please be careful 請注意安全

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Dear friends,

Here is the lesson today, we are going to learn few Chinese words about 注意(pay attention) and 安全(safety),etc. Please watch the instruction video as follow:


The first phrase contains two parts:

Typhoon is approaching,
颱風來了
颱風(typhoon) + 來(come) + 了(ending tag)
Please be careful. 請注意安全
請(please) + 注意(pay attention) + 安全(safety)

note, the Chinese character 了(le) is an ending tag of a sentence in modern Chinese, expressing "about to" or "already" for a verb.

and the phrase:

Please be careful. 請注意安全
Qǐng zhù-yì ān-quán
請(please) + 注意(pay attention) + 安全(safety)
You can use part of it, such as:
Attention, Please. 請注意 Qǐng zhù-yì
請(please) + 注意(pay attention)
or the whole phrase as in our lesson:
Please be careful. 請注意安全
Qǐng zhù-yì ān-quán
請(please) + 注意(pay attention) + 安全(safety)
here the 2-character words 注意(pay attention) and 安全(safety) are both modern Chinese words which also be used in Japanese, actually lots of modern Chinese words were translated back from Japanese…

What should I do? 我該怎麼做

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Dear friends,

Here is the lesson today, and we are going to learn few new Chinese words about: 怎麼(how,what), 做(do), 辦(do,act), 該(should), and the 2-character version of it, 應該(should), and 這麼(this way), 那麼(that way), please watch the following instruction video:


The first phrase is:


What should I do? 我該怎麼做

我(I) + 該(should) + 怎麼(how,what) + 做(do)

and the response phrase:

You should act this way.
你應該這麼做
你(you) + 應該(sould) + 這麼(this way) + 做(do)

note: there are two kind of "should" in Chinese here,

should 該
gāi
should 應該 yīng-gāi
the 2-character version 應該 is much formal in conversation, since most 2-character words make much clear meanings in modern Chinese, but you can still use 1-character word like 該(should) this time to simplify the sentence.
The second phrase is:
What should I do? 我該怎麼辦
我(I) + 該(should) + 怎麼(how,what) + 辦(do,act)
the only difference of the two phrases is the verbs: 做(do) and 辦(do,act)
do 做 zuò
do,act 辦 bàn
and the response phrase:
You should act that way. 你應該那麼辦
你(you) +…