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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

Comments (40)

What if I don't think Chinese food is delicious?
Beach
1 month 3 weeks ago
You may use "wǒ bù jué de..." for "I don't think ....".
Yoyo Chinese
1 month 2 weeks ago
Hi Yang Yang, I have a quick question- can we use 漂亮 to describe the quality of music? For example, 我觉得他的音乐非常漂亮。Does it make sense? It would be nice to know this because there are so many great musicians from China these days! Thanks a lot for your help!
akiko
2 months 5 days ago
漂亮 is used to describe the appearance of something physically. So it's not really appropriate to use it to describe the sound of music, instead, you may use 美 as beautiful. :)
Yoyo Chinese
2 months 3 days ago
Awesome! 谢谢:)
akiko
2 months 19 hours ago
我 觉得 YangYang 非常 漂亮。
Stepan Babanin
2 months 1 week ago
Thank you for the nice words. :)
Yoyo Chinese
2 months 1 week ago
Heya! One question about the third tone. When there are two words with the third tone following each other, is the first one always pronounced as a second tone? And what happens when there are 3-4 words with the third tone. Like here Ni3 hen3 ke3 ai4: is just hen pronounced with 2nd tone? I can't hear it very clearly. Thank you very much
Vepsäläinen
2 months 2 weeks ago
This is a frequently-asked question. You can find some previous answers here: http://yoyofeed.altervista.org/faq.html Scroll down to the Pronunciation section, and then click on the question, "What do I do when there are three or more 3rd tones in a row?"
Corey
2 months 2 weeks ago
Hi yoyo Chinese people. I just love this program! thank you very much! unfortunately you don't have any programs to practice on Chinese characters. (not that I have found.) do you have any recommendations on a book or online program? if so please let me know it would be much appreciated! -thanks.
sagewhite
5 months 3 weeks ago
Hi Sagewhite, I'm another student here. Yoyo Chinese is working on new lesson content to teach characters, and I'm certain it will be fun and interesting, but in the meantime, you might like to try out skritter.com
Corey
5 months 3 weeks ago
ok thank you for your suggestion. please let me know if yoyo Chinese makes this Chinese character program.
sagewhite
5 months 3 weeks ago
I'm sure you will hear about it as soon as it's available, via email, twitter, facebook, etc. :-)
Corey
5 months 3 weeks ago
Thank you for the suggestion, Corey.
Yoyo Chinese
5 months 3 weeks ago
Hi Yang Yang. If you want to describe how beautiful something is (not a person's looks or their personality) which word would you use? For example: The cake is beautiful....or... That beach is so pretty....or... New York is a beautiful city....etc.
TobiasBaker
7 months 2 weeks ago
You may use either mei3 (li4) or piao4 liang for beautiful. To describe cake, it's more common to use piao4 liang, as for the appearance of the cake. For sceneries or places, it's more common to use mei3 (li4). It may not be just describing the appearance of the place, but a bit more in depth. So, you may say the beach is hen mei3, and New York is a mei3 li4 de cheng2 shi4.
Yoyo Chinese
7 months 2 weeks ago
Hi, Yangyang. If I wanted to see "I think that I am (adjective)", would I say "wo3 jue2 de wo3 hen3 ___"?
Ping Jianli
8 months 3 days ago
Yes, good job! :)
Yoyo Chinese
8 months 3 days ago
Do we use "wo3 jue2 de" to say "I feel hungry, or it feel tied" or is it only for what a person may think or what their opinion is?
Matthew633
9 months 3 days ago
Yes, you may use wo3 jue2 de for I feel.
Yoyo Chinese
9 months 1 day ago
At the end of the video you said 保重 (take care), and it is marked with a 3rd and 4th tone. Looked it up in the dictionary as well, same, 3rd and 4th tone. But when you say it it sounds like 3rd and 1st tone. Why is that?
ramon.denhartog
9 months 1 week ago
Yangyang said it with a bit soft tone at the end, but you are correct, it's bao3 zhong4.
Yoyo Chinese
9 months 6 days 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
1 year 1 month 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
1 year 4 weeks ago
Xièxiè!
yixingosaurus
1 year 4 weeks 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 year 1 month 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 year 1 month 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
1 year 4 months 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 De...
1 year 4 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
1 year 6 months 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 De...
1 year 6 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
2 years 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 De...
2 years 6 months ago
The 'tai4...le' form can be used with all the adjectives taught in this lesson, correct?
noguchihideyo
2 years 8 months ago
That is correct! :)
Yoyo Chinese De...
2 years 7 months ago
Yep, it does, actually. I also gave. You a new grammar video. You're welcome. :D
Dariath
2 years 10 months ago
Excuse my iPad typo. Heh.
Dariath
2 years 10 months ago
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
2 years 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 De...
2 years 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 De...
2 years 10 months ago

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