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Lesson 18 你怎么认识他的? How do you know him?

怎么 zěnme How / 怎么 样 zěnmeyng How is it? / 上班 shngbān Start of work /
怎么样 zěnmeyng is of the more ubiquitous questions in spoken Chinese. It can mean both "how about doing something" and "what's it like", depending on the context.

Some examples: 老师 的 英语 怎么样?Lǎoshī de yīnɡyǔ zěnmeynɡ? How is the teacher's English?; 这部 小说 怎么样? Zh b xiǎoshuō zěnmeynɡ? How is this novel?; 我们 喝 白酒, 怎么样?Wǒmen hē bijiǔ, zěnmeynɡ? How about we drink some baijiu?

Example sentences:

他 怎么 去 上班? How does he get to work?
Tā zěnme q shngbān? He how go on-work?

王 小姐 的 英语 怎么样? How is Ms. Wang's English?
Wng xiǎojiě de Yīngyǔ zěnmeyng?
Wang little-big-sister English how-manner?

他 的 汉语 怎么样? How is his Mandarin?
Tā de Hnyǔ zěnmeyng?
He-of Han-language how-manner?

你 怎么 认识 陈 先生 的? How do you know Mr. Chen?
Nǐ zěnme rnshi Chn xiānsheng de?
You how recognize-know Chen first-born?

你 怎么 认识 他 的? How do you know him?
Nǐ zěnme rnshi tā de?
You how recognize-know he-of?

你 怎么 去 上班? How do you get to work?
Nǐ zěnme q shngbān?
You how go on-work?

你 怎么 认识 周 小姐 的? How do you know Ms. Zhou?
Nǐ zěnme rnshi Zhōu xiǎojiě de?
You how recognize-know Zhou little-sister-of?

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Dialogue

A 你怎么认识他?
   Nĭ zĕnme rnshi tā?
   How do you know him?

B 他是我的同学。
   Tā sh wŏ de tngxu.
   He is my classmate.

A 他是美国人吗?
   Tā sh Mĕigurn ma? .
   Is he an American?

B 不是。是德国人。
   B sh. Sh Dgurn.
   No, hes not. Hes German.

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