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Learn Chinese 12 : What's the weather like here?

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1.
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Xiè lǎoshī shì Shànghǎi rén.
谢老师是上海人。
謝老師是上海人。
Prof. Xie is from Shanghai.
2.
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Tā yǐqián zhù zài Shànghǎi.
他以前住在上海。
他以前住在上海。
He used to live in Shanghai.
3.
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Chūntiān de tiānqì bǐjiào hǎo.
春天的天气比较好。
春天的天氣比較好。
The weather in Spring is fairly good.
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Kěshì dào le sì wǔ yuè jiù chángcháng xià yǔ.
可是到了四五月就常常下雨。
可是到了四五月就常常下雨。
But when April (and) May come, it rains often.
5.
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Yǒude shíhou hěn mēn.
有的时候很闷。
有的時候很悶。
Sometimes (it is) very stuffy.
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Xiàtiān hěn rè.
夏天很热。
夏天很熱。
(It) is very hot in summer.
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Yìbān shì sānshí dù zuǒyòu.
一般是三十度左右。
一般是三十度左右。
It is generally around 30 degrees.
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Xiàwǔ chángcháng xià léizhènyǔ.
下午常常下雷阵雨。
下午常常下雷陣雨。
There are often thunderstorms in the afternoon.
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Yǒude shíhou yǔ hěn dà.
有的时候雨很大。
有的時候雨很大。
The rain is very heavy sometimes.
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Qiūtiān hěn shūfu, bù lěng yě bú rè.
秋天很舒服,不冷也不热。
秋天很舒服,不冷也不熱。
It is very comfortable in fall. It is neither cold nor hot.
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Dōngtiān suīrán bù cháng xià xuě, kěshì hén lěng.
冬天虽然不常下雪,可是很冷。
冬天雖然不常下雪,可是很冷。
Although it does not snow oftern in winter, it is very cold.
12.
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Yìbān rén jiālǐ dōu méiyou nuǎnqì.
一般人家里都没有暖气。
一般人家裡都沒有暖氣。
Ordinary people don't have heating at home.
Notes
  • 'yǐqián' is an adverb of time. It means 'before, in the past'. No particular time is mentioned here.
  • 'suīrán...kěshì...' is parallel to English 'Although...' or '..., but...' In Chinese, both 'suīrán' and 'kěshì' should be included.

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