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13_They have a pet dog

Exercises

Q: How to say [You love me]?(find out)
Q: How to say [I want you]?(find out)
Q: Do like and love share the same translation in Chinese?(find out)
ni Ai wo. (translate)
wo Ai ZheGe Difang. = war Eye DserGher Deefung. (translate)
wo Ai wode mami. = war Eye ward mummy. (translate)

Step Four: Read

We have a dog in our family. ...(translate)
Her name is White Fox. ...(translate)
White Fox is two and half years old. ...(translate)
We adopted her in 2019 ...(translate)
There are many stray dogs, cats in China nowadays. ...(translate)
But we do not have a law to regulate petting. ...(translate)
stray animals are causing many social problems. ...(translate)
Expats in China have demonstrated in this respect how to well behave. ...(translate)
They actively protect these small animals. ...(translate)
and lecturing Chinese citizens. ...(translate)
telling Chinese societies, ...(translate)
the disadvantaged groups need protection. ...(translate)
Small animals are also disadvantaged groups. ...(translate)
Their problems are caused by humans. ...(translate)
Everybody is responsible for taking the consequences, ...(translate)
finding solutions. ...(translate)
I hope in the near future, ...(translate)
Chinese government will release a law, ...(translate)
banning the business of pet breeding centers. ...(translate)

Again, close your eyes, at least try to remember the pinyin.

4. I love you

Even kids are not used to say [I love you] in China. We are a lot more reserved than the westerners. We rarely say [I like you] too.

I love you.

sunflower love

OK, when we try to say something in Chinese language, we need to begin with finding the core word, which means the predicate of each sentence, after that, you will know where to put other words, ahead of it, or after it. We are talking about subjects, objects, etc.

So [love] is the predicate in our example, it is pronunced as Eye 爱 in Chinese. Try to memorize the sound like this: To love, you need an eye. 🙂

爱 love
Question 2: which word is the subject in [i love you]?

Even you are not familiar with these syntactic terms, you should be able to figure out that, I is the subject. 我 wo is the word in Chinese, it sounds like war with a low tone. So try to memorize this word this way: I am warm among Chinese.

QUESTION 3: WHICH WORD IS THE OBJECT?

Simple, [you] is the object of love. You are my goal of love.

Not every sentence has an object though, especially when the predicate is an adjective, or sometimes a phrase. In this sentence, [The boy is so cute.], the word cute is the adjective, boy is the subject, there is no object.

Sometimes when the predicate is a verb, there is no object either. For example, [He drives well.] we do not see an object.

An object is sometimes a clause, and a clause often has its own object. For example, in this sentence [I love that my husband brings me flowers every week.] In this case the clause is [My husband brings me flowers every week.], this whole chunk of words is the object of the sentence, while the noun [flowers] is the object of the clause.

If a sentence consists of a clause, then the whole sentence always needs to be taken apart and then reassembled. You will see some dramatic change.

Question 4, 5, 6

We will skip these three questions in this lesson because the sentence I gave you as an example is very simple. It has only three words, the verb predicate 爱, subject 我,and object 你。These three words are obviously very important in both cultures, so it is what we learn in Lesson 1.

爱 means love/to love, ai 爱, its pinyin is [ai]. Wait a minute, what the hell is pinyin? Let me explain. pin means spelling, yin means sound, so pinyin tells you how to make sound of a Chinese word. Pinyin uses letters, instead of Chinese characters, its original use was to help us how to pronounce. Nowadays its primary use is to connect us with the digital world through keyboard. Most Chinese type pinyin on the keyboard, and Chinese characters will show up on screen. 爱 means to love/love, its pinyin is Ai.

我 means I, or me. Its pinyin is wo, its sound is like war but with a low tone. So even the sound of I is like war, remember its tone needs to be low, to be humble. Also pay attention that the word 我 means I and me. So when you want to say [I LOVE ME.] you say wo Ai wo 我爱我.

你 means you. Its pinyin is ni, which sound like part of our legs. 你 means you.

So, how to say / You love me? The answer is ni Ai wo.

love bird

EXERCISES OF TODAY

  1. If [like] is [xiHuan] 喜欢,how do you say [you like me.]?
  2. If (not) is Bu 不, how do you say (I don’t love you.)?
AGAIN
  • I love you.  wo Ai ni.  war Eye nee. = 我爱你。
  • You love me.  ni Ai wo  nee Eye war = 你爱我。
  • Again, in Julian’s Mandarin Course, we are not going to teach you four tones, because you only need to know the high tones and low tones, and people will understand you, and it does not affect your ability of typing Chinese words on computer or phones.
  • Again, to avoid confusion in the future, I am not going to teach you Chinese characters either, you just need to try to memorize some of them to help you read. It does not affect your ability of communications.
CULTURAL AND STORIES

Love is not something we say a lot in China. When you are here, try to use the word like more often. People like of my parents’ generations or older have never said this word in their lives, even to their children, including their grandchildren. The word like xiHuan 喜欢 is a lot more popular.

That’s all for today’s lesson. We learned a few important wordsI love you, wo Ai ni. You love me, ni Ai wo. I like you, wo xiHuan ni, you like me, ni xiHuan wo.



Exercises

Q: What does [bu Ai] means?(find out)
Q: What does [wo xiHuan ni] means?(find out)
Q: What does [ni Ai wo] means?(find out)
Q: How do you say [do you love me]?(find out)