Lessons 1-10

Lesson 2 你喜欢茶吗? Do you like tea?

喜欢 xǐhuan Like / 同学 tngxu Classmate / 朋友 pngyou Friend /
老板 lǎobǎn Boss

喜欢 xǐhuan "to like" consists of two characters, 喜 and 欢 huān both of which essentially mean the same thing: to like or enjoy something.

Often times you will encounter words in Mandarin that are made of two characters with similar meanings joined together, or the exact same character repeated twice. This is especially true in spoken language, as it helps to clarify meaning.

The word order in simple Chinese sentences is the same as in English, with a noun followed by verb followed by the object of the verb, such as in 我 喜欢 印度 。 Wǒ xǐhuan Ynd. "I like India".

For the most part, Chinese word order or syntax is very similar to English.

Example sentences:

我 喜欢 中国。 I like China.
Wǒ xǐhuan Zhōnggu.
I like-pleased middle-country.

他 很 喜欢 美国。 He really likes the United States.
Tā hěn xǐhuan Měigu.
He very like-pleased beautiful country.

你 喜欢 茶 吗? Do you like tea?
Nǐ xǐhuan ch ma?
You like-pleased tea question?

我 不 喜欢 这本 书。I don't like this book.
Wǒ b xǐhuan zhběn shū.
I not like-pleased this-origin book.

他 不 喜欢 他 的 同学们。 He doesn't like his classmates.
Tā b xǐhuan tā de tngxumen.
He not like-pleased his of same-study-plural.

我 很 喜欢 你 的 朋友。 I like your friend very much.
Wǒ hěn xǐhuan nǐ de pngyou.
I very like you of friend.

你 喜欢 你 的 老板 吗? Do you like your boss?
Nǐ xǐhuan nǐ de lǎobǎn ma?
You like-pleased you of old-boss question?

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Dialogue

A 你朋友喜欢茶吗?
   Nĭ pngyou xǐhuan ch ma?
   Does your friend like tea?

B 不太喜欢。你喜欢茶吗?
   B ti xǐhuan. nĭ xǐhuan ch ma ?
   Not that much. Do you like tea?

A 是的。我很喜欢花茶。
   Shde. wŏ hĕn xǐhuan huāch
   Yes. I like perfume tea.

B 我也很喜欢花茶。
   Wŏ yĕ hĕn xǐhuan huāch
   I also like perfume tea.

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