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Learn Chinese 13 : Do you like Chinese food?

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Click on the speaker icon of each sentence and listen to the recording. Each sentence follows this pattern : Pinyin (that's Chinese written in Latin characters), Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese and the English translation of the sentence.
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Wǒ shì Měiguó rén, yě hén xǐhuān chī Zhōngguó cài.
我是美国人,也很喜欢吃中国菜。
我是美國人,也很喜歡吃中國菜。
I am an American. I also very much like to eat Chinese food.
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Yīnwèi Zhōngguó cài hén hǎochī, bú tài yóunì, hén yǒu yíngyǎng.
因为中国菜很好吃,不太油腻,很有营养。
因為中國菜很好吃,不太油膩,很有營養。
Because Chinese food is very delicious, not very greasy, (it is) very nutritious.
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Wǒ tèbié xǐhuān chī Sìchuān cài, yīnwèi Sìchuān cài bǐjiào là.
我特别喜欢吃四川菜,因为四川菜比较辣。
我特別喜歡吃四川菜,因為四川菜比較辣。
I particularly like to eat Sichuan food, because Sichuan food is fairly spicy.
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Búguò wǒ yě chángcháng chī xīcài.
不过,我也常常吃西菜。
不過,我也常常吃西菜。
Nevertheless, I also often eat western food.
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Hànbǎobāo, bǐsàbǐng, wǒ dōu xǐhuān.
汉堡包、比萨饼,我都喜欢。
漢堡包、比薩餅,我都喜歡。
Hamburger, pizza, I like them all.
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Wǒ měitiān hē niúnǎi, yīnwèi niúnǎi hén yǒu yíngyǎng, duì shēntǐ yóu hǎochù.
我每天喝牛奶,因为牛奶很有营养,对身体有好处。
我每天喝牛奶,因為牛奶很有營養,對身體有好處。
I drink milk very day, because milk is very nutritious, (it is) good to health.
Notes
  • 'hǎochī' literally means 'good to eat'. Many adjectives in Chinese are formed in this pattern. 'hǎokàn' meas 'good to look, beautiful'. The opposite is 'bù hǎochī' and 'bù hǎokàn'.
  • 'lǐ' in 'shùcài lǐ yǒu gè zhǒng wéishēngsù' is a preposition like English 'in'. This sentnece literally can be translated as 'In vegetables, there are various types of vitamins.'
  • 'yóunì' or 'yóu' means 'greasy, oily'.
  • Nutritious is an adjective in English, but in Chinese the same idea should be expressed by a combination of a verb and a noun 'yǒu yíngyǎng' [to have nutrition]. You can't say 'hěn yíngyǎng'.
  • 'là' is an adjective. It means 'hot and spicy'. It is used as a verb without 'shì'. When you want to use it as an adjective, you should add 'DE'. For example: Zhè ge cài hěn là. This dish is very spicy.
    Zhè ge caì shì làDE. This dish is very spicy.
    Zhè shì làDE cài. This is a spicy dish.
    You can't say:
    * Zhè ge cài shì hěn là.
    * Zhè ge cài shì là.
    * Zhè shì là cài.
  • Pay attention to 'Hànbǎobāo, bǐsàbǐng, wǒ dōu xǐhuān.'. This is the only way to say that you like them all. You can't say: 'Wǒ dōu xǐhuān hàbǎobāo, bǐsàbǐng.'

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