Learn Chinese for Free - Lesson 16

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Today's Chinese characters:

吗口马

This course will guide you to learn a lot of different ways of asking a question. Today you're going to learn the most frequently used one.

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Characters' Essentials

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ma
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-Used at the end of a declarative sentence to transform it into a question
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-Mouth
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-Horse

Description and Examples

The Chinese character is composed of two parts: and . Can you imagine a horse with a big question mark instead of its mouth?

Sentence Structure 8
Questions With “吗”

An interrogative sentence is formed by adding the modal particle at the end of a declarative sentence, either affirmative or negative.

Example

Declarative sentence: 医生

Interrogative sentence: 医生

This is the most frequently used way of asking a question, to which the answer is rather unpredictable.


How to say: How are you?

Just add to the greeting formula "!" changing it into a question!

How are you?

literally: You good

Anyway, please be careful, because its usage actually differs from the English greeting "How are you?" While the English "How are you?" is also an everyday greeting, in Chinese you should ask ? only if you really want to ask about the state of health or condition of a friend, not just as a greeting.


Exercise

Make sentences by rearranging the given words.

1) 医生

2) 老师


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Characters' Details

Chinese Character 35 of 1000

appearance score: # 453
frequency: 0.0473576%
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-(Used at the end of a declarative sentence to transform it into a question)
-(Used in the middle of a sentence to emphasize, with a little pause, the topic of conversation)
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-What
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-(First character of the Chinese word for 'morphine': character:
pinyin:
details)

This character has two different traditional versions.

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ma
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(same as simplified one's)
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ma
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(same as simplified one's)

Chinese Character 36 of 1000

appearance score: # 212
frequency: 0.0991896%
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-Mouth; rim; opening; department; gateway of the Great Wall (often used in place names); cut, hole; edge of a knife; age of a draft animal
-(Measure word for:
1. people in the family;
2. domestic animals, especially pigs;
3. utensils with a hole or an edge;
4. languages;
5. mouthfuls of something)
-(A surname)

There's no difference between the simplified and the traditional version of this character.Help

Chinese Character 37 of 1000

appearance score: # 276
frequency: 0.0805006%
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-Horse; horse (one of the pieces in Chinese chess)
-Big
-(A surname)

Curiosity:
Chinese people love the horse for its great courage, speed, and confidence in overcoming obstacles, as well as for its friendly nature, strength, and beauty.

This character has a different traditional version.

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(same as simplified one's)

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