Learning : Basic Verbs - Want, Buy, Like, Do Not
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Abstract : When you're out shopping and buying all sorts of things, it's important to know what you “want” and “like”, making sure you always get exactly what you wanted to buy! But just as important, you must be able to say what you “don’t” want or like! Learn that in Chinese "want" is "yào" and "like" is "xǐhuān"and by putting the word "bù" in front of either, you can instantly make it a negative!

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Hi Dàjiā hǎo, wǒ shì Benny, nǐmen hǎo ma? (Hi everyone, I am Benny, how are you guys?) Welcome to AskBennychinese.com Experience. This time we will learn three useful verbs, “want, buy and like”. After doing this, would you like to join me and go shopping together? So you can show off your Mandarin skills. Let’s do it!

I/me

you

yào

to want

do not

shénme

什么

what


FOR EXAMPLE:

Nǐ yào shénme?

What do you want?

你要什么?

Wǒ yào kāfēi.

I want coffee.

我要咖啡。

Wǒ bù yào chá.

I do not want tea.

我不要茶。


If you want to say “I want to buy tea” you’re probably wondering how we can put two verbs together.
“To buy” in Mandarin is “mǎi”. By the way, “to sell” is “mài”.

You try first then come back to me. Can you do it by yourself?

The correct way is:

Wǒ yào mǎi kāfēi.

I want to buy coffee.

我要买咖啡。

Wǒ yào mǎi chá.

I want to buy tea.

我要买茶。


You see, it’s so easy, right? The same order as in English. Let’s try again!

Nǐ yào mǎi shénme?

What do you want to buy?

你要买什么?

Wǒ yào mǎi chá.

I want to buy tea.

我要买茶。

Nǐ mài shénme?

What do you sell?

你卖什么?

Wǒ mài kāfēi.

I sell coffee.

我卖咖啡。


Ok, let’s finish the first two verbs, and then we’ll come to the third.

xǐhuān

喜欢

to like


FOR EXAMPLE:

Nǐ xǐhuān shénme?

What do you like?

你喜欢什么?

Wǒ xǐhuān kāfēi.

I like coffee.

我喜欢咖啡。

Wǒ xǐhuān chá.

I like tea.

我喜欢茶。


Have you remembered them? No? Yes! Why don’t we do one more practice?

Nǐ yào mǎi shénme?

Wǒ yào mǎi kāfēi.

Nǐ xǐhuān kāfēi ma?

Bù (no), wǒ xǐhuān chá.


Hey everybody, want to know more about China and the Chinese language? Come and join us at AskBenny, with more exciting contents waiting for you. Well, see you next time. Zàijiàn!

 

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