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How to Know if You Want to be a Princess in Chinese

It sounds fun to be treated like one, but let’s gather all the facts. 做一個公主有許多麻煩。 (做)❶(一個)(公主)(有)(許多)(麻煩)。 (zuo4) (yi1 ge.) (gong1 zhu3) (you3) (xu3 duo1) (ma2 fan.). (to be) (one) (princess) (to have) (numerous) (trouble). A princess has much trouble.   First of all, there are all kinds of tests. 一個真公主得會跳舞一整夜。 (一個)(真)(公主)(得)(會)(跳舞)(一整夜)。 (yi1 ge.) (zhen1) (gong1 […]

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How My Chickens Help Me Learn Opposites in Chinese

I have front yard and back yard chickens. 我一邊跟牠❶們玩一邊得做苦工。 (我)(一邊)❷(跟)(牠們)(玩)(一邊)(得)(做)(苦工)。 (wo3) (yi1 bian4) (gen1) (ta1 men.) (wan2) (yi1 bian4) (dei3) (zuo4) (ku3 gong1) (I) (one side) (with) (them) (to play with/to find pleasure in) (one side) (must) (to work/to do) (hard labor) They are both fun and lots of work.   They are not pets […]

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露營的時候 When Camping 很多情形可以死了 There are Many Ways to Die in Chinese

It was the first time in 10 years. 我的先生要帶我去露營。 (我的)(先生)(要)(帶)(我)(去)(露營)。 (wo3 de.) (xian1 sheng1) (yao4) (dai4) (wo3) (qu4) (lu4 ying2). (my) (husband) (to want) (to take) (me) (to go) (to camp) My husband wanted to take me camping.   He said he would do all the planning, 所以有幾天他很忙。 (所以)(有)(幾)(天)(他)(很)(忙)。 (suo3 yi3) (you3) (ji3) (tian1) (ta1) […]

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How to Know if 你 好無聊 You are Boring in Chinese

It was a very hot Sunday afternoon. Still, 當❶我的先生說 「我會在游泳池裡放輕鬆,」的時候,我很驚喜。 (當)(我的)(先生)(說) 「(我)(會)(在)(游泳池)(裡)(放)(輕鬆),」(的時候),(我)(很)(驚喜)。 (dang1) (wo3 de.) (xian1 sheng1) (shuo1) “(wo3) (hui4) (zai4) (you2 yong3 chi2) (li3) (fang4) (qing1 song1),” (de. shi2 hou4), (wo3) (hen3) (jing1 xi3). (just at) (my) (husband) (to say) “(I) (will) (at) (swimming pool) (in) (to put) (relax). I was surprised when my […]

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How to Keep Track of 誰 走 Who is Leaving in Chinese

These days, it is hard to keep track. 我的孩子常常來去不定地回家來。 [(我)(的)](孩子)(常常)[(來去)(不定)(地)](回)(家)(來)。 [(wo3) (de.)] (hai2 zi.) (chang2 chang2) [(lai2 qu4) (bu2 ding4) (de.)] (hui2) (jia1) (lai2). [(I,me) (suffix making it possessive "my")] (children) (often) [(to come to go) (not definite) (particle indicating this is adverbial phrase for subsequent verb)] (return) (home) (come). My children often come and […]

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