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Lesson 24 I think you are beautiful

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In this lesson, you will learn different ways of giving complements to Chinese people. The sentences you’re going to learn include:

  • I think Chinese food is delicious.
  • I think you are ____.
  • beautiful
  • handsome
  • cute/adorable

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So, when I was in My Mandarin Chinese class, we were told to use 太 to mean very, extremely. But, in the audio lesson it says fei Chang instead. What is the difference between th two, and are there circumstances in when to use each? Or are they interchangeable? Thanks for the help!
Dariath
1 year 10 months ago
Both "太(tai4)" and "非常(fei1 chang2)" can mean "very, extremely". The difference is that when you use "tai4" as "very, extremely", first, it's usually used with the ending particle "了(le)", such as "太...了(tai4...le)" and second, it's used in a more subjective way.
Yoyo Chinese
1 year 10 months ago
For example, to say "you are very smart", you can say "ni3 fei1 chang2 cong1 ming2" or "ni3 tai4 cong1 ming2 le". The first sentence with "fei1 chang2" feels very matter-of-fact and statement-like. It sounds to us like "you are a smart individual." The second sentence with "tai4" sounds a lot more colorful, emotional and subjective. It almost sounds like "Wow! You are SOOOOOOOOOO smart!" Get the difference?
Yoyo Chinese
1 year 10 months ago
Yep, it does, actually. I also gave. You a new grammar video. You're welcome. :D
Dariath
1 year 10 months ago
Excuse my iPad typo. Heh.
Dariath
1 year 10 months ago
The 'tai4...le' form can be used with all the adjectives taught in this lesson, correct?
noguchihideyo
1 year 7 months ago
That is correct! :)
Yoyo Chinese
1 year 7 months ago
ni3 hen3 ke3 ai2 sentence, do we have to chang the tone of any word, like the rule 33 to 23? thank you
gianghikh
1 year 6 months ago
When there are too many third tones together, the rule is not super clear. If you want to sound better, you can change 333 to 323, so "ni3 hen3 ke3 ai4" becomes "ni3 hen2 ke3 ai4".
Yoyo Chinese
1 year 6 months ago
i was unable to clearly understand the usage of KE3AI4... as you have said that it is not used to indicate some one's appearance but some one's cute personality.. what does that mean. I am a bit confused on that
Narang
6 months 2 weeks ago
ke3ai4 means cute or lovely. It is often used to describe a personality, i.e. they way they talk or react. Although it's not used to indicate someone's appearance when you refer to older people, but you may still use it to describe little children. For example, "she looks cute" is 她长得很可爱 ta1 zhang3 de hen3 ke3 ai4.
Yoyo Chinese
6 months 2 weeks ago
I am studying for the HSK Level 1 test, and would like your opinion on something. At what point just I start studying characters? I am decent at most of these lessons, but i am genuinely scared of simplified characters.
thornja
4 months 1 week ago
We would suggest you to start learning characters when you have solid conversational skills. Yangyang is planning to develop courses on Chinese writing in the future, however, it probably may not be anytime soon. We apologize that we can't be much of a help at this moment. Thank you for your understanding.
Yoyo Chinese
4 months 1 week ago
Wonderful lessons! I'm learning so much! When you want to compliment parents on a beautiful baby, would you use ke3 ai4 or piao4 liang- or would you use shuai4 for a little boy? Could you also use piao4 liang for beautiful music or a beautiful sunset, or is that word reserved for humans? Thanks much!
ABQKirk
1 month 3 weeks ago
You may use ke3 ai4 or shuai4 for little boys, but not usually piao4 liang. piao4 liang is more for girls. :) Piao4 is used to describe the appearance of something. You may use piao4 liang for sunset, but not for music, since you can't really see the music.
yoyo_chinese
1 month 2 weeks ago
I saw someone use 那么帅 na4 me shuai4. Is that also acceptable? I sense that maybe it doesn't translate as, 'Wooow!! He is very handsome!'
yixingosaurus
3 weeks 4 days ago
Yes, that's an appropriate expression to describe someone who's really handsome. Or you may say "wa, ta tai shuai le." :)
yoyo_chinese
3 weeks 3 days ago
Xièxiè!
yixingosaurus
3 weeks 3 days ago

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