Sunday, June 30, 2013

Summary of Pronoun

If you just started learning Chinese and you are not very familiar with the pronouns, this article should be an easy step by step learning progress for you. It's also good for beginners to do a nice review of what you've learned.
Compared to English, the pronouns in Chinese are much simpler. There are only three different sounds and five different characters that cover all the pronouns we need. Furthermore, they stay the same no matter the pronouns are the subject or object.
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Before we do more sentence practice, let's learn several verbs. 
Now let's try to say the following sentences:   :)
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How about the pronouns that represent a group of people? In English, we have "we, us, you, they, them".  But in Chinese, we only need to add a magic suffix(men) behind the pronouns we've just learned above to get the pronouns that represent a group.
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Let's try to say more sentences.  First, we will need a very important verb, that is (shì). 是 (shì)equals to all the forms of ' to be' in English. In English, we have " is, are, was, were". In Chinese, the (shì) covers all of them.
Then we need the following words to do the sentence practice:
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As for the last sentence ' we are teachers', you maybe want to emphasize that 'we are ALL teachers.'  How to say that in Chinese?  'All', in Chinese will be ' , 全部' .  So is it correct to say, 我们是都 老师? No, that's not. That really sounds awkward.  When the sentence gets more complicated, the words sequence will be different in Chinese. First, let me say that in English, but in the Chinese way. That will be:
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Now it's your turn.  Please do some substitutional practice with the different new words we've just learned above.  
I am a student | doctor | nurse.
You are a student | doctor | nurse.
She is a student | doctor | nurse.
We are all students | doctors | nurses.