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TEN SECRETS to Improving Your Mandarin Skills (Vancouver)

Without a good foundation, a building will collapse quickly. When it comes to learning a language, a good knowledge of sentence structure is the foundation.

After having taught hundreds of students from all over the world during the last couple of years, I realized that many students struggle with learning the basic Chinese sentence structure. Check out below for my “TEN SECRETS” to improving your Mandarin skills.

SECRET ONE: subject +[specific time+ method+ place] +verb +object

You can make over 80% daily used Mandarin sentences by extending below basic structure.

Basic sentence structure
Subject + verb + object

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Extended Sentence structures
Subject + specific time + verb + object

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Subject + specific time + method + verb + object

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Note:

In Mandarin, 去(qù) /来(lái) /在(zài) (<technical term for these symbol>, something like direction …) usually appear before the “location” and indicate the direction:

“在(zài)” you are at a place,

“去(qù) /来(lái)” you come or go to a place from somewhere else.”

Exercise:

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