lesson 10
i'M hungry
 
 

exercise

Moderating the tone of voice with (一)点儿

一点儿can soften the tone in a question or an imperative sentence, therefore making the sentence more polite.

我喝点儿茶吧!

Wǒ hē diǎn er chá bā!

I will have some tea!

你想吃点儿什么?

Nǐ xiǎng chī diǎn er shénme?

What do you want to eat?

 

The verb 会

It is often translated as “can” in English. It means having the skill to do something through learning or instruction.

我不会做饭。

Wǒ bù huì zuò fàn.

I do not know how to cook.

我会说中文。

Wǒ huì shuō zhōngwén.

I can speak Chinese.

 

To depend on 看

In spoken Chinese, 看 can be used as to depend on or depends.

去不去中国,要看我妈妈。

Qù bù qù zhōngguó, yào kàn wǒ māmā.

It depends on my mother whether we will go to China or not.

 

我都可以,看你们。

Wǒ dū kěyǐ, kàn nǐmen.

I’m fine with everything, it depends on you.

 

 

Expressing distance with 离

The sentence pattern is place 1 +离+place 1+近/远。

我家离学校不远。

Wǒjiā lí xuéxiào bù yuǎn.

My home is not far from school.

中餐馆离我家很近。

Zhōng cānguǎn lí wǒjiā hěn jìn.

The Chinese restaurant is very close to my home.