Learning : Usages Of Where - Where Will, Where Are, Where Is, Where Did
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Abstract : It’s always nice to just walk around in a new city or country. The main problem is, knowing how to find places or things! In this experience we learn the even more important word – “Where”. You’ll even get to learn how to find a place to get your early morning caffeine fix! Now that's service!

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Today I am going to teach you a very basic word – “Where”. In Mandarin we say:

nǎli

哪里

where


FOR EXAMPLE:

Nǐ zài nǎli?

Where are you?

你在哪里?


Yes, it’s a very useful sentence, isn’t it? Let’s learn more, so not only can you ask your friend ‘where are they’ at the moment, but also you can find out ‘where were they’ and ‘where are they going to go’. Do you remember how to say “go” in Mandarin? Yes, “qù”. “qù” means “to go”. If you want to ask people where they want to go, just put “qù” into the above sentence instead of “zài”.

Nǐ qù nǎli?

Where are you going?

你去哪里?

It’s easy, right? Now you can simply put time words in the beginning of the sentence.


FOR EXAMPLE:

Jīntiān nǐ qù nǎli?

Where are you going today?

今天你去哪里?

Míngtiān nǐ qù nǎli?

Where will you go tomorrow?

明天你去哪里?


But be careful, there is a little difference if you ask people where they went yesterday, you need add one word “le”, to indicate the past tense.

Zuótiān nǐ qùle nǎli?

Where did you go yesterday?

昨天你去了哪里?


Now, have a try if you want to ask a person where a place is, for example, “where is Coffee shop?” Let me tell how to say Coffee shop in Mandarin first.

kāfēidiàn

咖啡店

coffee shop


I’m sure now can you say “Where is restaurant” ?

Kāfēidiàn zài nǎli?

Where is the coffee shop?

咖啡店在哪里?


Excellent! Now just put the place you are going to ask, and then add “ zài nǎlǐ ”, and people will tell you where it is! Don't forget to review all the words, 10 minutes is absolutely enough. See you next time! Zàijiàn!

 

It's easy as ABC!

 

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