how to get to the shopping center?
The question pronoun 怎么is often used before verbs to indicate how to do certain things.
Wǒ zěnme qù gòuwù guǎngchǎng?
How do I go to the shopping mall?
Zhège zì zěnme xiě?
How do you spell this word?
Express” from… to” by using “从…..到…. ”
This structure is used the same way as that in English, and it can be used for both time and place.
Wǒ cóng xīngqí yī dào xīngqíwǔ xué zhōngwén.
I learn Chinese from Monday to Friday.
Cóng wǒjiā dào gòuwù zhòng xīn bù yuǎn.
It’s not far from my house to the shopping mall.
The adverb 有一点儿
Although 有一点儿and 一点儿are both translated into “a little”， 一点 is an adjective modifying the noun following it, and 有一点儿 is modifying the following adjective.
Wǒ de jiā yǒu yīdiǎn er dà.
My house is a little too big.
Dìtiě zhàn lí zhè'er yǒu yīdiǎn er yuǎn
It’s a little far from here to the subway station.
Express “need” by using 要
In spoken Chinese 要 can be used as verb “to need”.
Qù xuéxiào zǒulù yào yī fēnzhōng.
We need one minute to walk to school.
Zhè jiàn yīfú yào yībǎi měiyuán.
This coat costs 100 dollars.
Express “too” by using 太….了
This set structure is not used as past tense, but to express something is excessive. But in spoken Chinese, it’s not as negative as “too” in English, so it can be translated as “so “or “very”.
Dǎchē tài guìle.
It’s very expensive to take a taxi.
Nǐ de zhōngwén tài hǎole.
Your Chinese is so good.