families with children 2

 
 

Grammar

咱    

zán  

means “I” in oral Chinese.

俩     

liă     

means “two” in oral Chinese.

咱俩   

zán  liă    

means “us two”, which comes from the northern dialect.

跟  +似的     

gēn... shìde    

is the same as    像...一样     xiàng ... yíyàng .

似的  

shìde    

is an auxiliary word, and it is used after a noun, a pronoun or an adjective and indicates something is similar to something else. Notice that here the 似  shì   in   似的   shìde   can be pronounced shì or sì. Remember that nouns, pronouns, or verbs can be placed before the 似的  shìde   , though nouns are the most common.

 

他们俩好得跟亲姐妹似的。

tāmenliăng hăode gēn qīnjiĕmèi shìde 。

Those two are like real sisters.

 

这里安静得像没有人似的。

zhèlĭ ānjìng de xiàng méiyŏu rén shìde 。

It’s so quiet here, like nobody around.

 

 

再   

zài     

is used when something has happened once and it will happen again. It means “again” or “some more” before adjectives and verbs.

 

你再吃一个苹果吧。

nĭ zàichī yígè píngguŏ ba 。

Please have one more apple.

 

我想夏天的天气再热一点儿。

wŏxiăng xiàtiān de tiānqì zài rè yìdiăner 。

I want the weather to be hotter in summer.

 

 

干脆   

gān cuì     

is an adverb meaning "simply" or "just," and is normally used by the speaker to propose a straightforward course of action within a difficult situation.

 

外面在下雨,干脆在家吃饭吧。

wàimian zài xiàyŭ , gāncuì zàijiā chīfàn ba 。

It’s raining outside, let’s have dinner at home.

 

你那么不喜欢你的工作,干脆别做了,在家学习吧。

nĭ nàme bùxĭhuan nĭde gōngzuò , gāncuì biézuòle , zàijiā xuéxí ba 。

Quit it if you don’t like your job. Just stay at home and study.