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Lesson 15 你想去哪里? Where would you like to go?

咖啡厅 Coffee House / 电影院 Movie Theater / 想 xiǎng to like, to wish
/ 买 mǎi buy /

xiǎng meants "to like, to to want to". Be forewarned, it can also sometimes mean "to think" or "to hold the opinion that", but in this lesson we will use it to talk about wanting or wishing to go someplace or do something。

Let's look at the difference between 我要去北京。Wǒ yo q Běijīng "I will go to Beijing" and 我想去北京。Wǒ xiǎng q Běijīng "I want to go to Beijing." Both 要 and 想 indicate intention, but the intention expressed by 要 yo is much stronger than that expressed by 想 xiǎng. This is why 要 yo is sometimes translated as "want to" and 想 xiǎng, even thought there is another way to say "would like to" in the Chinese language.

The best way to keep this straight in our heads is not to try and find the perfect translation for a word, but to know and understand its deep meaning.

Example sentences:

你 想 去 哪里? Where would you like to go?
Nǐ xiǎng q nǎli?
You want-like go which-inside?

周 小姐 想 去 咖啡厅。 Ms. Zhou would like to go to the coffee shop.
Zhōu xiǎojie xiǎng q kāfēitīng.
Zhou little-big-sister want-like go coffee-reception hall.

杨 先生 想 去 电影院。 Mr. Yang would like to go to the movie theater.
Yang xiānsheng xiǎng q dinyǐngyun.
Yang first-born want go electric-picture-courtyard.

我 想 买 课本。 I would like to buy a textbook.
Wǒ xiǎng mǎi kběn.
I want-like buy lesson-source.

她 想 吃 饭 吗? Would she like to eat?
Tā xiǎng chī fn ma?
She want-like eat rice question?

你 想 去 哪里 吃? Where would you like to go to eat?
Nǐ xiǎng q nǎli chī?
You want-like go which-inside eat?

学生们 想 学 英语。 The students would like to study English.
Xushengmen xiǎng xu Yīngyǔ.
Study-born-plural want-like study English.

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Dialogue

A 你妹妹想去哪里?
   Nĭ mimi xiăng q nălĭ?
   Where does your little sister want to go?

B 她想去玩具店。
   Tā xiăng q wnjdin.
   She wants to go to the toy store.

A 你想不想去那里?
   Nĭ xiăng b xiăng q nlĭ?
   Do you want to go there?

B 不想。我想去市场。
   B xiăng. Wŏ xiăng q shchǎng.
   I dont want to. I want to go to the market.

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