July 7, 2017

In English, its common to say:

He was helpful.

In mandarin, we need to explain what he did was helpful.  For example:

If he gave you helpful suggestion, we would say “His suggestion was helpful”

If information he found online solved your problem, and you cannot simply say "he is helpful." we have to say“The information he found online  was helpful.”… etc.

Her...

July 7, 2017

In English,  it’s quite common to say “It worked well.”.

In mandarin, There are many situations for “It worked well.”

For example:

1. It worked well without any disturbing. In mandarin, we should say : It worked smoothly.

2. It worked well and archived your goal. In mandarin, we should say: It worked successfully.

3. When you thought it was broken, but actually it worked well with the...

July 4, 2017

In English, when we talk about  a noun, we say:

the person

the colleague

the place

In mandarin, we cannot just to say "the", we have to make it more specific, need to use "this" or "that" instead of "the". It's depends on where the noun is. For example:

If a person or a place just in front of you, you say "this person" or "this place".

If the person or a place is far from where yo...

July 3, 2017

In English, it’s common to say: Subject + is/am/are + Adjective

I am good.

He is fine.

You are tired.

In mandarin, we have to say : Subject + hěn + Adjective

I very good . Wǒ hěn hǎo. 我很好.

He very fine. Tā hěn hǎo. 他很好. 

Or : You very tired “Nǐ hěn lèi. 你很累.

I know you might feel that it’s strange and exaggerate to use  “Very (hěn很)” in those situations. But in m...

July 2, 2017

In English, it’s normal to say ‘Do you have any ……?’ For example:

Do you have any question?

Do you have any idea?

Does your restaurant have any special dish?

In Mandarin, we will use a different way to say it: ‘You have what ….?’ For example:

You have what question?

You have what idea?

Your restaurant has what special dish?

Here is a mistake of a student:

He wrote: Do you h...

July 1, 2017

In English, we use the English structure"Do an action by using ..." For example:

I eat it with hands.

We go there by bus.

You pay it with a credit card.

In Mandarin, we will use the mandarin structure"Use .... to do an action". The correct mandarin way to say the example sentences:

I use hands to eat (it).

We take bus to go there.

You use credit card to pay (it).

Here is a mis...

June 30, 2017

I eat it.

You do it.

I like it.

In mandarin, we will just say : 

I eat.  Wǒ chī.   我吃.

You do.  Nǐ zuò.  你做.

I like.  Wǒ xǐhuān.  我喜欢. 

We understand the meaning of "it" from the context.

June 16, 2017

In English, we say ‘I mean it!’

In mandarin, we will say ‘Im serious!’ :Wǒ  shì rènzhēn de!我是认真的!

In English, if someone says he wants to go to a place, and he asks if anyone else wants to go as well.  we say “I do!”

In mandarin, it's depends on the verb. For example:

If someone says he wants to go to a place, and he asks if anyone else wants to go as well. In mandarin, we would say:...

June 12, 2017

A English sentence + Chinese logic = Chinglish !

Behind these Chinglish words and phrases is the Chinese logic and Chinese culture.  help people from other countries to understand the Chinese way of thinking.

Here are examples:

1.  No money no talk : Méi qián miǎn tán ! 没钱免谈!

Free translation: Without money, any talk is spared

2. Good good study, day day up : Hǎohǎo xuéxí, tiāntiān xi...

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