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

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1.
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Ní yǐqián zhù zài nálǐ?
你以前住在哪里?
你以前住在哪裡?
Where did you live before?
2.
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Wó yǐqián zhù zài Táiběi.
我以前住在台北。
我以前住在台北。
I used to live in Taibei.
3.
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Wǒ tīngshuō nàlǐ xiàtiān hěn rè, shì bu shì?
我听说那里夏天很热,是不是?
我聽說那裡夏天很熱,是不是?
I heard that it is very hot over there in summer, is it so?
4.
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Shì, búdàn hěn rè, érqiě hěn mēn, chángcháng xià yǔ.
是,不但很热,而且很闷,常常下雨。
是,不但很熱,而且很悶,常常下雨。
Yes, it is not only hot, but also very stuffy. It rains often.
5.
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Xiàtiān shì bu shì háiyou táifēng?
夏天是不是还有台风?
夏天是不是還有颱風?
Do you often have typhoon in summer?
6.
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Duìle, xiàtiān jīngcháng guā táifēng.
对了,夏天经常刮台风。
對了,夏天經常颳颱風。
Yes, we often have typhoon in summer.
7.
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Táiwān yìbān rén jiālǐ dōu yǒu lěngqì ba?
台湾一般人家里都有冷气吧?
台灣一般人家裡都有冷氣吧?
Do ordinary people in Taiwan have air-conditionner at home?
8.
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Shìde, dà duōshù rén jiālǐ yǒu lěngqì.
是的,大多数人家里有冷气。
是的,大多數人家裡有冷氣。
Yes, mojority people have air-conditionner at home.
9.
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Yé yǒude rén zhí yǒu diànfēngshàn.
也有的人只有电风扇。
也有的人只有電風扇。
But there are also people who only have electric fans.
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Nà xiàtiān búshì hěn nánshòu ma?
那,夏天不是很难受吗?
那,夏天不是很難受嗎?
Then, isn't it very unbearable in summer?
11.
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Háihǎo, wǒmen dōu xíguàn le.
还好,我们都习惯了。
還好,我們都習慣了。
It is OK, we are used to it.
Notes
  • 'guā táifēng' literally means 'to blow typhoon'. There are a category of sentences in Chinese called subjectless sentences. They are usually used to describe natural phenomena. For example 'xià yǔ' [it rains], 'xià xuě' [it snows], 'guā fēng' [wind blows] and etc.
  • 'xíguàn le' means 'got used to it'.

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