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Lesson 10 How to ask a question in Chinese

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In this lesson, you will learn how to form a Yes/No question. At the end of the lesson, you will know how to say:

  • Are you John?
  • Are you American/Chinese?
  • Can you speak English/Chinese?

In this lesson, you will learn how to form a Yes/No question. At the end of the lesson, you will know how to say:

  • Are you John?
  • Are you American/Chinese?
  • Can you speak English/Chinese?

Comments (85)

It is a great lesson but you can say us how to say "yes and no" please.
liaselenecruz 3 months 2 weeks ago
Yes! Yangyang teaches how to answer "yes" and "no" questions (how to say "yes" and "no") in Lesson 13 of this Beginner Conversational Course. 加油(jiā yóu)!
JonathanYoyo 3 months 2 weeks ago
I also have a problem with viewing this lesson. It says: the webpage may be disabled or moved to another location. Please help?
carolien 9 months 15 hours ago
Hi Carolien, it appears the whole internet has been experiencing widespread attacks today. We apologizes for the inconvenience but it seems like our video hosting provider was hacked.
Jenny at Yoyo Chinese 9 months 15 hours ago
Hate to be a problem...but I can't seem to download Lesson 10 lecture notes...it just keeps loading lesson 9. This continues into successive lessons 11,12.... I tried re-loading the website, shutting off my computer ..that sort of thing. Is this an internal error??
timrrrr1401 9 months 3 weeks ago
No problem at all Tim! I just sent you the lecture notes via email. This seems to be a weird glitch, but we double checked the links and they seem to be the correct files. Sorry for the inconvenience!
Jenny at Yoyo Chinese 9 months 3 weeks ago
Jenny...thank you so much. Sorry to cause you this work. I was able to fix this by re-loading Adobe. something wrong with the automatic updates I guess. So...thanks again!!!! Tim ohhh and I am on my 14th lesson. Going great after being lost in Xi'an for 15 days and not speaking a word of Chinese!!!
timrrrr1401 9 months 3 weeks ago
Haha, no worries! And it sounds like adventures were had! 加油 (jiā yóu) Keep going!
Jenny at Yoyo Chinese 9 months 3 weeks ago
This sounds just like adding "right?" to the end of any statement in English. Your name is John. Your name is John, right? English has a miracle word too! (it is also a miracle word to recover when we realize we are not sure half way through) His name is Bob, errr... right?
Jowel Yusta 11 months 2 weeks ago
Right!
Jenny at Yoyo Chinese 11 months 2 weeks ago
Hi, Yang Yang. Your lessons are amazing. Very good. Please, how can I say "Can you speak PORTUGUESE?"
juliaojunior 1 year 11 months ago
Thank you for the nice words. "Can you speak Portuguese" is 你会说葡萄牙语吗 (nǐ huì shuō pú táo yá yǔ ma).
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 11 months ago
Hi Yang Yang; I would like to know the equivalent of these words in Chinese: WHO/WHOM/THAT/WHOSE/WHICH/...(like in: The man WHO took your pen / The man THAT I met / The man WHOSE car has been stolen / ...). Another case is this:(I saw the man, he (the man) was very weak ==> The man -THAT- I saw was very weak ). How can it be said in Chinese? Thanks
yvannus 2 years 4 months ago
That's a great questions. Actually, there's no equivalent Chinese words corresponds to who/whom/that/whose/which in your example sentences. In Chinese, you may say the descriptive phrase that modified the noun first. For example, the man who took your pen = na3 wo3 de bi3 de ren2, literally, took my pen de person. The man whose car has been stolen = bei4 tou1 che1 zi de ren2. The man that I met = wo3 yu4 dao4 de (na4 ge) ren2.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 4 months ago
The man that I saw was very weak = wo3 kan4 dao4 de na4 ge ren2 hen3 nuo4, literally, I saw de that person very weak. We hope that helps. Feel free to let us know if there's any other questions.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 4 months ago
Is it still possible to pronounce the words correctly with a cold?
punkwrocker579@aim.com 2 years 4 months ago edited
As long as your voice is not altered too much. We hope you get well soon. Take cares.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 4 months ago
You are amazing I can t stopping watch all your videos just love it.
Aguiar 2 years 5 months ago
Thank you so much for your support. :)
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 4 months ago edited
Um I am not allowed to get a member ship and I can't get to see any of you other videos and I want to?!?!
Tara Wyatt 2 years 5 months ago
Hello i have a question , to say my name is ______ do you say wo shi ___ or wo jiao ____
pires 2 years 5 months ago
We normally use wo jiao _(name)__. You might have heard of wo shi __; that's usually used in answering questions like "who is ___?"
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 5 months ago
i knew you were going to say ma :D
jeniny 2 years 6 months ago
An eminently practical lesson. Speaking with long gaps between words, and then later speeding up, is helpful when practising. Thanks!
Ke9aeQu4 2 years 6 months ago
I am enjoying the lessons. Question: How do I say I am Indian and I speak Hindi? Also India has many languages. Is there a word for each one? I am just curious if there is a word for each.
AJnathan 2 years 7 months ago
You may say, 我是个印度人wǒ shì ge yìn dù rén, 我说印度语wǒ shuō yìn dù yǔ?. 印度有很多种语言yìn dù yǒu hěn duō zhǒng yǔ yán. Hope that helps.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 6 months ago edited
so in this case I do not have to use "wèn", meaning language?
Eli 2 years 7 months ago
You may say xī bān yá wén as well. :)
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 7 months ago
what is the word for "Spanish language"??
Eli 2 years 7 months ago
Spanish language is 西班牙语 xī bān yá yǔ.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 7 months ago
I was chatting with someone from China, and he asked me: 你会中文吗?Google translate said that this is supposed to mean: ”You Chinese?". I am confused. Doesn't 中文 mean the Chinese language rather than the country? And what is 会 doing here? Isn't it supposed to mean "can in terms of a learned skill"? Shouldn't his question have been: "你是中国人吗?" or was the Google translation completely off?
SamirShaker 2 years 7 months ago
Silly me. I was too sleepy to realize that I actually knew what he was asking and didn't need Google translate! He was asking whether I can speak Chinese. He wasn't asking about my nationality! And I answered "No" to the wrong question :-S Well, live and learn! I should have told him 我会说一点儿中文 :)
SamirShaker 2 years 7 months ago
You are absolutely right. Yes, we can't really rely on Google translate, sometimes, it's quite off. Hehe. Glad that you figured. Jia you! :)
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 7 months ago
Well I knew that Google translate wasn't reliable, but I thought that it could at least translate tiny phrases like that one. I guess it can't even do those! Anyway, during the conversation, he also referred to the Chinese language in three different ways: 中文, 汉语 and 国语。What is the difference between these three? Are they completely equivalent? In which context is each of them used? Are some formal and others informal? Are there more than these three ways to refer to the Chinese language?
SamirShaker 2 years 7 months ago
I believe one of our blog may be able to answer your questions. Please check out this link: https://www.yoyochinese.com/blog/Learn-Mandarin-Chinese-what’s-difference-between-zhongwen-hanyu-putonghua-guoyu-and-huayu. Hope that helps. :)
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 7 months ago
Exactly what I was looking for! 谢谢 :)
SamirShaker 2 years 7 months ago
At the end of some Audio Reviews you say a certain phrase to congratulate us and say good bye? Could you explicitly tell me what those words are?. Thanks.
Jose Antonio Castro-Nieto 2 years 10 months ago
Did you mean "fei1 chang2 hao3, zai4 jian4"? That means very good, goodbye. :)
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 10 months ago
I am curious about the word "gu li". I want to say "Thank you for your encouragement." It seems when I say " gu li" they think I am saying that they are flattering me. What am I saying wrong?
soupandsunshine 2 years 10 months ago
Thank you for your encouragement is xie xie ni de gu li. Don't think there's anything wrong with that sentence; it's okay say that.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 10 months ago
this would be a lot of work, i guess The difficulty after listening to these videos is when you listen to native speakers speaking these phrases. It would be interesting if you inserted mini videos of street people (maybe 2 or 3 different people) uttering these phrases, after YangYang pronounces them. I know its redundant with the On the Street videos but with these videos fresh in the mind of a listener, it would pair the knowledge with actual use to further ingrain the sound of the language
Bichon 2 years 10 months ago
Thank you so much for the feedbacks. That's a really great thought. I've passed it to Yangyang's attention.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 10 months ago
Hi YangYang, I watched your Google chat with Albert, could you give your version of the ' tongue twisters' in pin yin ? Thanks
indochinese 2 years 10 months ago
if u ask someone do they miss you and they want to say a little bit, should they say 有点 or 一点 or 一点点
Daming17 2 years 10 months ago
it should be 有点.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 10 months ago
Hi YangYang, I'm a little more ahead in my learning of Chinese and am going through the videos to see where I'm at. My concern is with the use of YingYu vs YingWen. Should it not be yingyu used when referring to speech?
麦恩芙 2 years 11 months ago
Yingwen can be both spoken and written language, and yingyu is the spoken language.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 11 months ago
i speak spanish language,because i´m from Chile. How i say i´m chilean and i speak spanish...
samuelin 3 years 2 weeks ago
谢谢 Yangyang...
samuelin 3 years 2 weeks ago
You may say 我是智利人,我说西班牙语。wo3 shi4 zhi4 li4 ren2, wo3 shuo1 xi1 ban1 ya2 yu3. :)
Yoyo Chinese 3 years 2 weeks ago
Hi Yangyang, what about spanish language?
samuelin 3 years 2 weeks ago
Spanish is 西班牙语 xi1 ban1 ya2 yu3.
Yoyo Chinese 3 years 2 weeks ago
Hi Yangyang, and Yoyo Chinese :) ...I don't know a good video to ask this question on, but figured I could put it on any video: how would you say "(please) don't be so flattering" in pinyin as well as characters? Thank you!
ev4752 3 years 3 weeks ago
You may say "qing3 bu2 yao4 na4 me feng4 cheng2 请不要那么奉承." :)
Yoyo Chinese 3 years 3 weeks ago
I don't understand the difference between 一点点 and 一点、what do you mean it softens the tone? Why would you want to do that?
Daming17 3 years 1 month ago
The meaning of "softens the tone" may be a little confusing because it sounds like it might have something to do with the four Mandarin tones. It doesn't. "softens the tone" just means "make it more casual/friendly/familiar". In my experience, "一点点“ is more often used by southern Chinese. In fact, they seem to use that expression almost exclusively.
Corey 3 years 1 month ago
thank you Corey, do you mind giving me your wechat? I would love to make friends with you, mine is "sunnyguy18" I hope we can be friends, 对了,我学中文学了大概四年了,希望咱们能成为很好的朋友。I'm sure we could also learn lots from each other and help each other :)
Daming17 2 years 10 months ago
I think you'd be better off talking with a native Chinese speaker. I feel like I might impede your progress by accidentally giving you wrong information, 因为我的中文很差。
Corey 2 years 10 months ago
Thank you Corey. That's a great explanation.
Yoyo Chinese 3 years 1 month ago
wo3 bu2 tai4 hui24 shuo1 what does it mean ?? ni3 de han4 yu3 shuo1 de hen3 hao3 ? why we hv to use de before hen or just only for easy to speak and if someone ask R u chinese?? if the answer are yes or no how can I say shi4 de Can i say wo3 shi1??
knot1000 3 years 1 month ago
wo3 bu2 tai4 hui24 shuo1 means I don't really know how to say/speak. ni3 de han4 yu3 shuo1 de hen3 hao3 is you speak Chinese very well. de (得) generally used when you want to say how someone usually does something, and it's following a verb. Yes, to answer "R u Chinese", you may say shi4 de (wo3 shi4 is okay too) for yes or bu2 shi4 for no.
Yoyo Chinese 3 years 1 month ago
I just wondering when I hv to study how to write in chinese characters??
knot1000 3 years 1 month ago
I worked overtime to complete lessons 1-10. As I promised, I created flash cards for those 10 lessons using Anki. I would like to find a way to send them to you. I need to know if you are agreeable to making those available to your paying students. Also, if I posted just some of the flashcards such as lessons 1-10, I think it would get you more paying students. Anki is a great study aid especially for languages. Is it possible for me to email you to discuss this further? Lgrenzer@gmail.
lgrenzer 3 years 1 month ago
ni shi zui hao de. Xie Xie ni Yangyang.
taichiforlife12345 3 years 2 months ago
Thank you for the support, taichiforlife12345.
Yoyo Chinese 3 years 2 months ago
When asking questions, in Chinese, do you ask it in a questioning tone or in a more straightforward fashion, like an English statement and the "ma" is all that's needed to indicate the question?
Fazzio 3 years 3 months ago
Not all the question are ended with "ma". Yes, when asking question, we kind of do ask it in a questioning tone, but it's not wrong to ask it in a more straightforward fashion.
Yoyo Chinese 3 years 3 months ago
Is the question mark required to create a question?
edgartikis 3 years 4 months ago
Yes, a question mark is needed for a question. :)
Yoyo Chinese 3 years 4 months ago
Hi, Yangyang. I have already sent you an email with my first impressions of the course and you know how much I like all your explanations and your excelent learning material. I'm enjoying each new lesson and just can't wait to receive the next. One of my biggest doubts is exactly how to answer yes/no questions. Unfortunately I didn't succeed to access the vídeo of the tenth lesson. Is there any technical problem? Hope it can be fixed soon. Thank you so much. Regina
Regina 3 years 5 months ago
So if someone asked you 'Ni huì shuō yīng wén ma' how would you reply yes or no? Thanks for your help with my mandarin learning you've been really good! Thank you!
Tomhornby 3 years 6 months ago
You may reply "huì" or "bú huì", as "yes" or "no".
Yoyo Chinese Development 3 years 6 months ago
when to use 中文 or 汉语 ?
baguzzzaji 3 years 8 months ago
That's a great question! We have a blog that emphasizes the difference between the two and others. Please check out this link https://www.yoyochinese.com/blog/Learn-Mandarin-Chinese-what’s-difference-between-zhongwen-hanyu-putonghua-guoyu-and-huayu.
Yoyo Chinese Development 3 years 8 months ago
May I ask you a question? Why, at the end of the video you say "I like to eat Chinese food"? Shouldn't it be "I like eating Chinese food"? Many thanks.
andrearosso@outlook.com 3 years 10 months ago
Both are the same in Chinese.
Yoyo Chinese Development 3 years 10 months ago
If i ask Can you speak English? How can i say "no, i can't" in Chinese? "Yes,i can" in Chinese?
Sunmeiyu 4 years 1 month ago
I can't is wǒ bú huì and I can is wǒ huì. In Chinese it's not needed to answer yes or no to this question, just simply I can or I can't.
Yoyo Chinese Development 4 years 1 month ago
谢谢你 :)
Sunmeiyu 4 years 1 month ago
Hello! I have a couple of questions regarding this video. I am not sure if it is a mistake or not but at 2:24 for "Can you speak Chinese?" "zhongwen" are both connected while it was not the case in the previous lessons. Do you mind explaining this please? My other question is about questions that do not require a yes/no answer. Since we have to remove ma, how does a question look like? I mean, what would be the Chinese question for "How did you learn Chinese"? Thanks
GodBlessMali 4 years 2 months ago
The word Chinese "zhongwen" and "zhong wen" (中文) pinyins are the same. Sometimes Chinese people tend to put the pinyin together as connected because it's consider as one term. Literally, there's no difference. There are questions formed without 'ma'. "How did you learn Chinese?" is "nǐ zěn me xué zhōng wén de?" You will see more examples of forming questions while you are advancing through our lessons. Good luck with your Chinese studies! :)
Yoyo Chinese Development 4 years 2 months ago
Why there is no voice of teacher for this lesson 10
Keonuchan 4 years 3 months ago
We just check the video, it appears to be fine. Have you tried to replay it or restart it in a new browser?
Yoyo Chinese Development 4 years 3 months ago
The design of the modules is excellent. Yangyang’s delivery is superb. The notes are useful. The lesson audio review is extremely helpful, allowing learning while in motion. What perhaps would add value to this outstanding collection of learning material would be written assignments that would contain at a separate sheet or section the correct answers. Thank you Yangyang! Alexandros Konstadinidis
Alexandros 4 years 3 months ago
@ Alexandros Thank you so much for your encouraging words. I really appreciate it. What you've suggested is a good idea. We'll definitely consider it when we make our future plans. Thank you.
Yoyo Chinese Development 4 years 3 months ago
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