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Learn Chinese 13 : Do you like Chinese food?

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Wǒ shì Zhōngguó rén, xǐhuān chī Zhōngguó cài.
我是中国人,喜欢吃中国菜。
我是中國人,喜歡吃中國菜。
I am a Chinese. (I) like to eat Chinese food.
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Zhōngguó cài hén hǎo chī.
中国菜很好吃。
中國菜很好吃。
Chinese food is very delicious.
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Wǒ xǐhuān chī ròu.
我喜欢吃肉。
我喜歡吃肉。
I like to eat meat.
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Niúròu, zhūròu, jī, yā, wǒ dōu xǐhuān.
牛肉、猪肉、鸡、鸭,我都喜欢。
牛肉、豬肉、雞、鴨,我都喜歡。
Beef, pork, chicken, duck, I like them all.
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Kěshì wǒ bú tài xǐhuān chī yú hé xiā.
可是我不太喜欢吃鱼和虾。
可是我不太喜歡吃魚和蝦。
But I don't like to eat fish and shrimp.
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Wǒ měitiān chī hěn duō shūcài.
我每天吃很多蔬菜。
我每天吃很多蔬菜。
I eat lots of vegetables every day.
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Shūcài lǐ yǒu gè zhǒng wéishēngsù, duì shēngtǐ yóu hǎochù.
蔬菜里有各种维生素,对身体有好处。
蔬菜裡有各種維生素,對身體有好處。
Vegetables have various types of vitamins. (They are) good to health.
Notes
  • 'cài' literally means 'dish, vegetable'. 'Zhōngguó cài' means 'Chinese cusine, Chinese dish'. The actual meaning depends on the context. For example, 'nǐ xǐhuān chī shénme cài' may mean 'what kind of food, what nationality's cusine do you like?' or 'what specific dish do you like?'
  • 'hǎochī' literally means 'good to eat'. Many adjectives in Chinese are formed in this pattern. 'hǎokàn' means 'good to look, beautiful'. The opposite is 'bù hǎochī' and 'bù hǎokàn'.
  • 'li' in 'shùcài lǐ yǒu gè zhǒng wéishēngsù' is a preposition like 'in' in English. This sentence literally can be translated as 'In vegetable there are various types of vitamins.'

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