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Hi, friends, it is Valentine's Day on Thursday Feb 14th so I have written out a few sentences to help you talk about Love in Chinese.
Also, I would like to show you how to ask a question in Chinese.
SENTENCES ABOUT VALENTINE'S DAY AND LOVE:
No. 078: -- 你们过情人节吗？
-- Do you celebrate Valentine's Day?
-- Yes, we do.
No. 079: -- 中国人送玫瑰给他们的恋人吗？
-- Do the Chinese send roses to their lovers?
-- Yes, some Chinese poeple do. :-)
No.081: -- 最常见的情人节礼物是什么？
-- What is the most common gift for Valentine's Day?
-- Red roses and chocolate. :-)
No.082: -- 怎样用中国话说“I love you”?
-- How do you say "I Love You" in Chinese?
-- You can say "Wǒ Ài Nĭ".
Please hit any Chinese character that you need help with to see its Chinese pinyin, pronunciation and meaning and then follow me to read it.
You can see from these sentences that, in Chinese, question sentences take the same form whether they are for general questions or specific questions. A question is constructed from a statement by the addition of an auxiliary word and a question mark to the end of the statement; the word order of the statement is not changed as it is in English. In spoken Chinese it is important to raise the tone of the voice at the end of the sentence to indicate a question as you do in English. :-)
So the main points are:
1. In the Chinese language, statement sentences and question sentences have the same grammatical form.
2. The main sentence form in the Chinese language is:
subject + verb + object
3. The Chinese language uses an auxiliary word and a question mark to indicate a question, and in spoken Chinese, a rising tone.
I hope it works for you.
If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please write to email@example.com , or firstname.lastname@example.org, You are also welcome to publish your opinions in Forum For Friends. :-)
Written and Recorded On Sun, Feb 12, 2006