Learn Chinese for Free—Lesson 13

Lesson 13 of 360

Today's Chinese characters:

用中文怎么说

Today you will learn how to build your vocabulary by just asking your Chinese friends: ⋯中文怎么?(How to say ... in Chinese?)

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Characters' Essentials

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yòng
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Use, employ
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zěn
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How, why
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me
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[affix] Suffix used in interrogatives, pronouns and adverbs

Description and Examples

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zěn   me   
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-[interrogative pronoun] How
-[pronoun] Indicating the nature, condition, and manner in general
-[pronoun] Used in the negative to indicate inadequacy


Before asking "中文怎么?" you need to:

  • Say something in English of which you want the Chinese translation, for example: “U.S.A.”中文怎么
  • Take an object, and showing it ask 中文怎么
  • Point or tap something and ask 中文怎么

How to ask questions—Part 3
With “怎么

The pronoun 怎么 is used to ask about 1) a way or manner, 2) a state of affairs, or 3) a cause or reason.

Examples of asking about a way or manner.

老师英文怎么
“three thousand and five”汉语怎么



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