DigMandarin Community https://www.digmandarin.com/forum Forum For Learning Mandarin Chinese Wed, 05 Dec 2018 14:54:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 Using The Verb “有/没有” to Express Comparisons in Chinese https://www.digmandarin.com/forum/thread/using-the-verb-you-to-express-comparisons-in-chinese Wed, 05 Dec 2018 14:41:19 +0000 https://www.digmandarin.com/forum/?post_type=thread&p=1478 How do we use the verb “有/没有” to express the comparisons in Chinese? Here is a structure: Subject + 有/没有 + Noun Phrase (+ 这么/那么) + Adj. The construction “X + 有/没有 + Y + Adj.” is used to indicate whether the quality or characteristic of something (X) is on the same level as another […]

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How do we use the verb “有/没有” to express the comparisons in Chinese?

Here is a structure:

Subject + 有/没有 + Noun Phrase (+ 这么/那么) + Adj.

The construction “X + 有/没有 + Y + Adj.” is used to indicate whether the quality or characteristic of something (X) is on the same level as another thing (Y).

(“X” represents the quality or characteristic; “Y” represents another thing.)

This type of comparison uses the second object as the criterion. The quality or characteristic being compared is often expressed with an adjective.

For example:

X + 有/没有 + Y + (这么/那么)+Adj.

 

  • 元旦节春节(那么)热闹吗?

(Yuándàn jié yǒu chūnjié (nàme) rènào ma?)

Is the New Year`s Day as lively as the Spring Festival?

 

  • 没有姐姐(那么)聪明。

(Wǒ méiyǒu jiějie (nàme) cōngmíng.)

I am not as smart as my sister.

 

  • 弟弟有没有你(这么)高?

(Dìdi yǒu méiyǒu nǐ (zhème) gāo?)

Is your younger brother as tall as you?

 

The quality or characteristic of the comparison can also be expressed with a verb phrase, which can be

X + 有/没有 + Y + (这么/那么)+ Verb Phrase

 

For example:

  • 哥哥没有弟弟跑得快。

(Gēge méiyǒu dìdi pǎo de kuài.)

The elder brother doesn`t run as fast as the younger brother.

 

  • 我(那么)喜欢中文吗?

(Nǐ yǒu wǒ (nàme) xǐhuān zhōngwén ma?)

Do you like mandarin Chinese as I do?

 

  • 同事们有没有(那么)了解彼此?

(Tóngshìmen yǒu méiyǒu (nàme) liǎojiě bǐcǐ?)

Do the colleagues know each very well?

 

Note that the negative form with 没有 is most commonly used and often found in declarative sentences, while the affirmative form with 有 is less frequently used and often found in interrogative sentences and the answers to questions.

 

You can check more explanations and more language points in Step by Step Chinese Course 3.

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Why is a measure-word not required in this case? https://www.digmandarin.com/forum/thread/why-is-a-measure-word-not-required-in-this-case Sun, 04 Nov 2018 01:00:28 +0000 https://www.digmandarin.com/forum/?post_type=thread&p=1465 Consider the following two sentences: A year has twelve months 一年有十二個月 Yī nián yǒu shí’èr gè yuè A year has threehundreds sixtyfive days 一年有三百六十五天 yī nián yǒu sānbǎi liùshíwǔ tiān Why is the measureword 個 left out in the second sentence? What is the general grammar rule for cases like this?

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Consider the following two sentences:

A year has twelve months 一年有十二個月 Yī nián yǒu shí’èr gè yuè

A year has threehundreds sixtyfive days 一年有三百六十五天 yī nián yǒu sānbǎi liùshíwǔ tiān

Why is the measureword 個 left out in the second sentence? What is the general grammar rule for cases like this?

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Looking for some good soul that lives in china https://www.digmandarin.com/forum/thread/looking-for-some-good-soul-that-lives-in-china Sun, 28 Oct 2018 06:18:57 +0000 https://www.digmandarin.com/forum/?post_type=thread&p=1459 Hello, I’m looking for some good person that have 2 minutes of free time to help me with something, I’m trying to register in an chinese mmorpg game, but only who lives in china can register/create account in that site, so if any good soul here wanna help me with that, would be greatfull Ty!

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Hello, I’m looking for some good person that have 2 minutes of free time to help me with something, I’m trying to register in an chinese mmorpg game, but only who lives in china can register/create account in that site, so if any good soul here wanna help me with that, would be greatfull

Ty!

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HSK Standard Course (Access PDF, Textbook) https://www.digmandarin.com/forum/thread/hsk-standard-course-pdf-textbook Sat, 22 Sep 2018 08:41:06 +0000 https://www.digmandarin.com/forum/?post_type=thread&p=1448 I just passed HSK 4! When I planned to take HSK level 2, my teacher Amber in my Chinese school used the HSK Standard Course (HSK 标准教程) to help us prepare for the test. The result showed that the serials were really helpful. All of us passed the test. Afterward, I continued to study with […]

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I just passed HSK 4! When I planned to take HSK level 2, my teacher Amber in my Chinese school used the HSK Standard Course (HSK 标准教程) to help us prepare for the test. The result showed that the serials were really helpful. All of us passed the test. Afterward, I continued to study with this HSK Standard Course series and passed HSK level 3 and 4 smoothly. It`s suitable for all self-taught learners and the students who want to pass the tests. “With HSK test papers as its primary source, HSK Standard Course is characterized by a humorous style, familiar topics, and a scientific course design. Matching the HSK test in all aspects, from the content, form to the levels, it is a series of new-type course books embodying the idea of combining testing and teaching, and promoting learning and teaching by testing.”

HSK Standard Course 1 : download PDF

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HSK Standard Course 3 : download PDF

HSK Standard Course 4A: download PDF

HSK Standard Course 4B: download PDF

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please help me translate https://www.digmandarin.com/forum/thread/please-help-me-translate Fri, 31 Aug 2018 17:00:01 +0000 https://www.digmandarin.com/forum/?post_type=thread&p=1435 曾经自己 像浮萍一样无依 what is the meaning of that sentece?

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曾经自己 像浮萍一样无依 what is the meaning of that sentece?

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need some help https://www.digmandarin.com/forum/thread/need-some-help Fri, 31 Aug 2018 13:09:27 +0000 https://www.digmandarin.com/forum/?post_type=thread&p=1434 i learned spontaneous five animal qigong by liang shifeng and i haven’t been able to stop my body from spontaneously moving its been like that for 16 days can someone with knowledge of chinese look up on the chinese internet if anyone has had this problem and has successfully stopped this and tell me how […]

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i learned spontaneous five animal qigong by liang shifeng and i haven’t been able to stop my body from spontaneously moving its been like that for 16 days can someone with knowledge of chinese look up on the chinese internet if anyone has had this problem and has successfully stopped this and tell me how they did it?

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How many characters are there in Chinese? https://www.digmandarin.com/forum/thread/how-many-characters-in-chinese Wed, 15 Aug 2018 07:02:48 +0000 https://www.digmandarin.com/forum/?post_type=thread&p=1404 Many people are afraid to learn Chinese characters. One reason is that they feel the characters are too complicated. Another bigger reason is that many think that there are too many Chinese characters! How many characters in Chinese? There are 54,678 characters that can be found in the Great Compendium of Chinese Characters, or what is […]

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Many people are afraid to learn Chinese characters. One reason is that they feel the characters are too complicated. Another bigger reason is that many think that there are too many Chinese characters!

How many characters in Chinese? There are 54,678 characters that can be found in the Great Compendium of Chinese Characters, or what is called “Hanyu Da Zidian” in Chinese. So, with so many characters, how can Chinese people master and understand the language? The simple answer is that we don’t need to remember that many! 2,500 characters is enough!

Let`s take a look at some books that have compiled and collected Chinese characters as reference materials: the commonly used Xinhua Dictionary contains more than 11,200 characters; the Chart of Generally Utilized Characters of Modern Chinese lists the existence of 7000 characters; another document called The Chart of Common Characters of Modern Chinese only includes 3500 characters, and 1000 of these are considered “less commonly used characters.” As you can see, the number of commonly used Chinese characters are not that big. Now there are only 2,500 characters left for us to know!

Let`s put this all into perspective: if you know 2,500 characters, you can read 97.97 % of written text. With 3,500 characters, you can read up to 99.48 %. The Chinese characters used in Chinese literature are basically between 2000 and 3000.So 2,500 characters are enough for you to read a Chinese newspaper and Chinese literature.

If 2,500 is still too much for you, then let me reassure you that with only 900 characters, you can actually read 90% of a newspaper!

So don’t be scared to learn Chinese characters! Just go and give it a try!

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Where can I buy a book on the 4 Chinese classics? (Preferably with Pinyin) https://www.digmandarin.com/forum/thread/where-can-i-buy-a-book-on-the-4-chinese-classics-preferably-with-pinyin Mon, 30 Jul 2018 05:34:20 +0000 https://www.digmandarin.com/forum/?post_type=thread&p=1354 Hello, Anybody here know where to buy a copy of the 4 Chinese classics with pinyin? It would most likely be a children’s book… If it can be found on Taobao, that would be great, if it can be found in a bookstore somewhere in Shanghai, even better! I’d really like to read the book […]

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Hello,

Anybody here know where to buy a copy of the 4 Chinese classics with pinyin? It would most likely be a children’s book… If it can be found on Taobao, that would be great, if it can be found in a bookstore somewhere in Shanghai, even better! I’d really like to read the book (with the help of pinyin). I have a problem with reading as I tend to forget the meanings of characters and/or how they are read so I’m hoping this method will work (or help).

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My experience of learning Chinese in Shanghai https://www.digmandarin.com/forum/thread/my-experience-of-learning-chinese-in-shanghai Fri, 25 May 2018 06:44:28 +0000 https://www.digmandarin.com/forum/?post_type=thread&p=1233 To start learning was a pretty spontaneous decision for me, when I proudly announced it, my friends have smiled at me and even my parents thought it was just one of my crazy ideas which I wouldn‘t stick to. I also had doubts myself, since the internet is full with comments like “Chinese is the […]

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To start learning was a pretty spontaneous decision for me, when I proudly announced it, my friends have smiled at me and even my parents thought it was just one of my crazy ideas which I wouldn‘t stick to. I also had doubts myself, since the internet is full with comments like “Chinese is the hardest language in the world” or “It takes so much time to learn Chinese it’s just not worth it”, and the idea of tones and characters just seemed very intimidating and confusing to me. But I was determined. While doing a 3 month course at my University in Germany, I also applied to study 2 semesters at the East China Normal University in Shanghai – and got accepted. It sounded surreal for me to leave my home for one year and study in a country I knew almost nothing about, except that it was very different from Europe. Beside the university course, I started doing a lot of self studying and I was surprised of how fast I was making progress. So when the time to go to Shanghai has arrived, I felt pretty confident with my Chinese – until I conversation. When registering for my dorm at ECNU‘s campus, I couldn‘t understand a single word the ladies at the reception were saying, neither did they understand my stuttering tries to form Chinese sentences. However, these experiences just motivated me more. I persisted, supplemented my Chinese classes with a lot of self studying and 8 months later I am reading books, watching movies in Chinese and feel very confident to pass HSK 5 soon. Looking back, learning Chinese was one of the biggest and best decisions of my life, not only because I had the best time of my life here in Shanghai, but also because I fell in love with the Chinese language and culture. The countrie‘s culture and history are very rich, the art and traditions diverse and interesting and the language is vastly different from European languages; you can express things in very different ways and speaking it will enable you to speak to more than one billion people who have completely different views on live and society than people in the West. I am determined to reach fluency im Chinese and I liked it so much here in China that I am even planning to come back to work here after graduation. To everyone who is interested in learning the languages I can only say: Do it. Yes it will take a lot of time and give you many headaches, nut nothing that is worth having in life is easy to get. After all, Chinese is not as hard as many suggest and the experience is so rewarding that it is worth every second.

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I’m recruiting translator and proofreader, CN->EN https://www.digmandarin.com/forum/thread/im-recruiting-translator-and-proofreader-cn-en Thu, 12 Apr 2018 11:14:09 +0000 https://www.digmandarin.com/forum/?post_type=thread&p=1169 Hi, we are recruiting translators and proofreaders to join a manga translation project, this manga is called River Gate. Synopsis:The father of Emperor Wen of Sui Dynasty is reborn in modern society as an ordinary man, Hang Hui, a master of anthropology who is not superstitious. One day, he comes across Wang Yingjuan, his elementary […]

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Hi, we are recruiting translators and proofreaders to join a manga translation project, this manga is called River Gate. Synopsis:The father of Emperor Wen of Sui Dynasty is reborn in modern society as an ordinary man, Hang Hui, a master of anthropology who is not superstitious. One day, he comes across Wang Yingjuan, his elementary school classmate. They make an appointment in a night to see a movie. But Wang breaks her promise. Unexpectedly, he gets news that Wang died in last night. To trace the cause of her death, Hang falls into confusion. Then a old man leads him to Rive Gate…… It’s a very easy job and you can get payment according the crowdfunding system,if you’re interested, welcome to our discord(https://discord.gg/rdEdxtX), we can discuss the details later.

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