Asking Questions in Chinese – Yangyang Lesson 7

In this lesson, you’re going to learn how to ask a question in Chinese by using the miracle word – ma1 吗.

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The way to form questions in Chinese can be quite straightforward.

Although there are many ways to do it, if you know how to use the word ma1 (吗), you would make things a lot easier. This is because by using the word ma1 吗, you can simply turn a statement in Chinese into question.

For example, when you are making a statement ‘you are a student’, you would simply say ‘ni3 shi4 xue2sheng’.

When you are asking the question ‘are you a student’ in Chinese, you do have to recreate a sentence. What you have to do is simply to add the word ‘ma’ (吗) at the back. So the question is:  ni3 shi4 xue2sheng ma?’.

It is so simple!

It is, therefore, important for you to learn the word in Chinese when you learn Mandarin.

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Of course, this is not the only way to ask questions in Chinese, and you’ll learn more about how it is done in the future lessons. Using this method, however, can already help you to ask the questions you want on many, many occasions.


15 Responses to “Asking Questions in Chinese – Yangyang Lesson 7”

  1. Floodlezoot March 21, 2013 at 4:20 am #

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  2. King Cake March 21, 2013 at 5:10 am #

    xie xie ni! thank for your chinese lesson.

  3. DavidsonLoops March 21, 2013 at 5:57 am #

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  4. Micky Diesel March 21, 2013 at 6:42 am #

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  5. laurencec09 March 21, 2013 at 7:16 am #

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  7. caramellechocolate March 21, 2013 at 8:37 am #

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  10. WeiFischer March 21, 2013 at 9:30 am #

    These lessons are great. Xie xie, Cheng. My goal is to have a real conversation in Chinese one day. My Chinese wife doesn’t help me learn!!! :)

  11. Rob Lewin March 21, 2013 at 10:13 am #

    I’m a studnet.

  12. Quest4korea93 March 21, 2013 at 10:46 am #

    Great lesson! But fyi: there is a spelling mistake at ~1:42. You misspelled “student” and wrote “studnet” :)

  13. Snowflake70 March 21, 2013 at 11:41 am #

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  15. Cherisse Jones March 21, 2013 at 12:20 pm #

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