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Conversation 1 : Do you like white spirit?

-
xǐhuān
喜欢
báijiǔ
白酒
ma ?
吗?
-
tài
xǐhuān
喜欢
báijiǔ,
白酒,
xǐhuān
喜欢
chá.
茶。
-
xǐhuān
喜欢
huāchá
花茶
háishì
还是
lǜchá ?
绿茶?
- Huāchá.
花茶。
jīngcháng
经常
huāchá.
花茶。
喜欢xǐhuān(v)like
白酒báijiǔ(n)white spirit
tài(adv)too (much)
花茶huāchá(n)scented tea
还是háishì(conj)or
绿茶lǜchá(n)green tea
经常jīngcháng(adv)often

Translation

- Do you like to drink white spirit?
- I don't really like ( I don't like too much to drink white spirit ), I like to drink tea.
- Do you like to drink scented tea or green tea?
- Scented tea. I often drink scented tea.

Conversation 2 : Have you ever drunk green tea?

-
guo
lǜchá
绿茶
ma ?
吗?
- Méi
yǒu.
有。
Lǜchá
绿茶
guì
bu
guì ?
贵?
Hǎo
ma ?
吗?
-
piányi,
便宜,
hěn
guì.
贵。
juéde
觉得
hěn
hǎo
hē.
喝。
guì(adj)expensive
好喝hǎohē(adj)good (to drink)
便宜piányi(adv)cheap
觉得juéde(v)feel, think

Translation

- Have you drunk green tea?
- No, Is green tea expensive? Is it good?
- It's not cheap, it's very expensive. I think it's really good.

Conversation 3 : You must be from the South

-
yídìng
一定
shì
nánfāngrén.
南方人。
- Shì
a.
啊。
zěnme
怎么
zhīdào ?
知道?
- Yīnwèi
因为
běifāngrén
北方人
huāchá,
花茶,
nánfāngrén
南方人
xǐhuān
喜欢
lǜchá
绿茶。
guo
lóngjǐng
龙井 ma ?
吗?
- Dāngrán
当然
la.
啦。
Xīhú
西湖
lóngjǐng
龙井
hěn
yǒumíng.
有名。
- Kànlái
看来
duì
chá
hěn
liǎojiě.
了解。
南方nánfāng(n)the South
怎么zěnme(pro)how
知道zhīdào(v)know
因为yīnwèi(conj)because
北方běifāng(n)the North
龙井lóngjǐng(n)(name of a tea)
当然dāngrán(adv)of course
la(part)(a modal particle)
西湖Xīhú(n)the West Lake (in Hangzhou)
有名yǒumíng(adv)famous
看来kànlái(v)it seems
duì(prep)for
了解liǎojiě(v)understand, know

Translation

- You must be from the South. ( you are certainly a Southern Man. )
- Indeed! How do you know it?
- Because in the North people drinks scented tea, in the South people likes to drink green tea. Have you drunk Longjing tea?
- Of course! West Lake's Longjing tea is very famous.
- It seems that you know a lot about tea.

Grammar

Alternative question : 还是

An alternative question is one formed of two statements joined by 还是 suggesting two different alternatives for the person addressed to choose from.
Example:
- 你 喝 花茶 还是 绿茶? Do you drink scented tea or green tea?
- 你 去 北京 还是 上海? Do you go to Beijing or Shanghai?
- 你 是 中国人 还是 美国人? Are you Chinese or American?

Phrase structure

The subject-predicate phrases can be used as object of some verbs.
Example:
- 我 觉得 绿茶 很贵 。 I think green tea is expensive.
- 我 觉得 茶 很好喝 。 I think tea is good.

The preposition 对

The preposition 对 and its object are placed before the verb.
Example:
- 他 茶 很了解 。 He knows a lot about tea.
- 我 他 说 。 I said to him.

Exercises : Substitution Drills

Exercise 1

-
xǐhuān
喜欢
báijiǔ
白酒
ma ?
吗?
-
tài
xǐhuān
喜欢
báijiǔ.
白酒。
啤酒píjiǔbeer
香槟酒xiāngbīnjiǔchampagne
威士忌wēishìjiwhisky
葡萄酒pútaojiǔwine
红葡萄酒hóngpútaojiǔred wine
白葡萄酒báipútaojiǔwhite wine
茅台酒máotáijiǔa Chinese liquor

Exercise 2

-
xǐhuān
喜欢
huāchá
花茶
háishì
还是
lǜchá ?
绿茶?
-
xǐhuān
喜欢
huāchá.
花茶。
矿泉水kuàngquánshuǐmineral water
桔子水júzishuǐorange juice
雪碧XuěbìSprite
牛奶niúnǎimilk
酸奶suānnǎiyoghurt
咖啡kāfēicoffee

Exercise 3

-
jīngcháng
经常
shénme
什么
chá
?
-
jīngcháng
经常
huāchá.
花茶。
jiǔalcoholic drink
啤酒píjiǔbeer
红酒hóngjiǔred wine
饮料yǐnliàobeverage, drink
咖啡kāfēicoffee

Exercise 4

-
duì
chá
liǎojiě
了解
ma ?
吗?
-
duì
chá
hěn
liǎojiě.
了解。
中国ZhōngguóChina
美国MěiguóU.S.A.
北京BěijīngBeijing
你的朋友nǐdepéngyouyour friend
白酒báijiǔwhite spirit

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