Don’t Do Something – Yangyang 6

In this lesson, Yang Yang continues to talk about the negation words.  Bie2 别 and bu2yao4 不要. Both words mean not to do something.

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Using negation in Chinese can be more complicated than English.

Instead of adding ‘don’t’ at the front, you would have to use an appropriate Chinese word, which can be different depending on the context.

If you want to say no in Chinese, for example, you would use the word 不 if you’re talking about something present or in the future.   You would use the word 没 when you are talking about not having done something in the past.

What if you want to say ‘ do not do something’?

Well, you would use either the word bie2 别, or bu2yao4 不要.

So if you are saying ‘ don’t come in’,  you would say ‘bie2 jin4lai2′, or ‘bu2yao4 jin4lai2′.  You cannot just say ‘bu4 jin4lai2′ – which means ‘don’t want to come in’.

This is a bit tricky, and deserves your attention if you want yourself to be properly misunderstood.

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19 Responses to “Don’t Do Something – Yangyang 6”

  1. VEE BEE March 15, 2013 at 9:25 am #

    check it here ;-)

  2. Amy Karagiannaki March 15, 2013 at 10:23 am #

    It sounds so clear now! 谢谢!

  3. Jonathan Raarup March 15, 2013 at 11:05 am #

    Very *

  4. Jonathan Raarup March 15, 2013 at 11:22 am #

    And your english is vers good!

  5. Jonathan Raarup March 15, 2013 at 11:41 am #

    Thanks, really god informations. My mom is not good at All to learn mé chinese.

  6. IloveMIT8923 March 15, 2013 at 11:55 am #

    Because it would be a nice thing to do. If you see a guitar playist playing really well on the sidewalk of Time Square, it is a nice thing to drop some change and money into hi guitar case. Same principle here, just a lot more cool than guitar playing and a lot more than just pocket change.

  7. IloveMIT8923 March 15, 2013 at 12:28 pm #

    Please tell me some way how I can donate money to you, Yang Yang. It is a crime that you should go unrewarded!

  8. Mira Kazimova March 15, 2013 at 12:51 pm #

    xiexie ni Yang Yang! Your lessons are very helpful and really good! Thanks for the great job you do for easing our learning! Keep it up!

  9. Timothy Moreno March 15, 2013 at 1:02 pm #

    shui jiao means to sleep.  You’re thinking of shuo.

  10. Berntisso March 15, 2013 at 1:36 pm #

    So “le” is like “any more”? Like Bié shuì jiào means Don’t talk, then Bié shuì jiào LE means Don’t talk ANY MORE.

  11. snickarberra March 15, 2013 at 1:56 pm #

    i love you

  12. Jasonandseven March 15, 2013 at 2:38 pm #

    You sure you’re a gorgeous girl?

  13. GodIsSovereignty March 15, 2013 at 3:22 pm #

    I enjoy look at the beatiful teacher than learning the language.

  14. PervertedPet March 15, 2013 at 4:17 pm #


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  16. Odeta Rimaite March 15, 2013 at 5:49 pm #

    i want :)

  17. Jasonandseven March 15, 2013 at 6:30 pm #

    Any gorgeous girls want to study Chinese? 

  18. Snowflake70 March 15, 2013 at 7:04 pm #

    Wonderful. A little fast but full of great energy as usual. One of the biggest problems is how to get practice when not in an environment of Chinese, or other students. Also seeing – listening SLOW dialog exchange would be helpful. Exaggerating tones also helpful.
    My Yangyang fire burns brightly. Wo Ai ne.

  19. SanJudasTV March 15, 2013 at 7:55 pm #

    thanks a lot for explaining the “别”+verb+”了” part.

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