Mandarin Chinese

Transportation – Mĕi tiān nǐ zĕnme qù gōngzuò?

Mĕi tiān nǐ zĕnme qù xuéxiào? (How do you go to school everyday?)

Breakdown of words:

Mĕi (every)

Tiān (day)

Nǐ (you)

Zĕnme (how)

Qù (go)

Xuéxiào (school)

Therefore it reads: Every day you how go to school?

Now, if you want to ask how one goes to work then work is gōngzuò.

Mĕi tiān nǐ zĕnme qù gōngzuò?

Answers:

Wŏ zŏu lù. (I walk.)

Nǐ ne? (And you?)

Qí zìxíngchē (bicycle)  —-> Qí (to ride)

Zuò dìtiĕ (to take underground)     —> Zuò (to sit)

Zuò gōnggòngqì chē (to take bus)

Kāi chē (car)   —> Kāi (drive)

Mĕi tiān nǐ kāi chē qù gōngzuò ma? (Do you go to work by car everyday?)

Answer yes: Mĕi tiān wŏ kāi chē qù gōngzuò.

Answer no: Bù, wŏ bù kāi chē. (No, I don’t go by car.)

   Wŏ zuò gōnggòngqì chē. (I take the bus.)

Let’s change the dialog, do you go to school on foot everyday?

Mĕi tiān nǐ zŏu lù qù xuéxiào ma?

No: Bù, wŏ bù zŏu lù.

I ride bicycle: Wŏ qí zìxíngchē.


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Copyright © 2016 Zoë-Marie Beesley

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