Secret of Chinese Grammer – Yangyang 2

A lot of people are confused by the grammar of Chinese.  When you are talking about people, time and places, the order of the things are quite different from English.  Yangyang has a good way to make things easier. Go to other lessons of Yangyang.

If you want to speak proper Chinese, it is important to understand how Chinese put things in order —  in the way they speak the language.

For example, when you are telling people your name, you would mention about your family name first, rather than your given name. The logic is pretty straightforward. The family is bigger than self, therefore, it has to come before your given name.

For the same token, when you are telling the time, you would not say that you would be meeting up with someone  ‘at 5 pm this Sunday’.   Rather, you would say ‘on Sunday at 5 pm’.   This is because day is bigger than hour, so it has to come before hour. The order of writing date in Chinese, as a result, would have year coming before month, month before day, and day before hour.

Similarly for writing the addresses. When we write an address in English, we put the number before the name of the street, then the city and the country.  This is again different in Chinese.  For the same reasoning, the Chinese have it in the reverse way. It would begin the address with the country, then the city, the street name and the house number.

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47 Responses to “Secret of Chinese Grammer – Yangyang 2”

  1. 39thala March 14, 2013 at 7:16 am #

    And yet, after all that explanation, she didn’t tell us how the sentence would look. So, here is about how it would look in pinyin based on her sentence structure rule, Wŏ měi ge yuè zuò huǒchē qü Luòshãnjī. (I every month by train go to Los Angeles)

  2. Jørgen Sørlie March 14, 2013 at 8:13 am #

    I KNOW………….. 

  3. nicola1984patriots March 14, 2013 at 8:23 am #

    Hi! I’m going to a Chinese New Years event on Sunday. Do you have any greetings you suggest that I can use? I’m in university, if age/status makes any difference in the greetings. Xie xie!

  4. Defusify March 14, 2013 at 9:02 am #

    women ai yangyang

  5. sbslusher March 14, 2013 at 9:14 am #

    wo ai yangyang

  6. whiteeagle0762 March 14, 2013 at 9:48 am #

    Thank you for your very good lessons! But I think there is an inaccuracy in this part: ‘every month’ is not “when”, but “how often”. Or is there no difference between these adverbials in Chinese?

  7. nglaam March 14, 2013 at 9:53 am #

    It should be: I yesterday study Chinese studied 2 hours.Pay attention: First “study” is no tense. Second “studied ” has to be “past tense”. Third Chinese has no “for” with this content.
    wo zuotian xue hanyu xuele 2 xiaoshi. No more confusing?

  8. IloveMIT8923 March 14, 2013 at 10:13 am #

    You’re first videos just blew Rossetta Stone out of the water. $280 of wasted money. I wish I could have donated it to you instead. NOTE TO OTHER VIEWERS: DO NOT PURCHASE ROSSETTA STONE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD!

  9. bigbeing March 14, 2013 at 10:47 am #

    Hi! I know it’s a long time since you made this comment, but I think Yang Yang is correcting something here that she hasn’t actually taught. If you’ve got access to “Chinese Syntactic Grammar: Functional and Conceptual Principles” by Jian Kang Loar, you’ll find some help regarding this problem on pages 59-60.

  10. bigbeing March 14, 2013 at 10:53 am #

    Hi! I know it’s a long time since you made this comment, but I think Yang Yang is correcting something here that she hasn’t actually taught. If you’ve got access to “Chinese Syntactic Grammar: Functional and Conceptual Principles” by Jian Kang Loar, you’ll find some help regarding this problem on pages 59-60.

  11. bigbeing March 14, 2013 at 11:14 am #

    Best thing ever? Well, there’s nothing wrong with Sweden either.

  12. Kheena2302 March 14, 2013 at 11:29 am #

    Your videos are really helpful ! Grammatically, your explanations are very clear. But it would be cool if you could give us the sentence in Chinese and then teach us some vocabulary :) It’s just a suggestion but anyway, thanks a lot !

  13. omid behnejad March 14, 2013 at 11:47 am #

    Thank you Cheng YangYang!! ;*

  14. Zombiekiteh March 14, 2013 at 12:28 pm #

    i’m swedish and i’ve been studying chinese for like 4 years now. chinese and china is the best thing ever! especially the chinese candy omnomnom 😀

  15. itistheyoast March 14, 2013 at 12:44 pm #

    I ll be in Singapore in October! I want to learn chinese and can teach you English, I am not a native speaker though…

  16. AngelRawrification March 14, 2013 at 1:14 pm #

    @nina1983215 I’m from the Philippines,. thanks for the support :3 

  17. nina1983215 March 14, 2013 at 1:32 pm #

    are you from korea ? i have a friend from korea,his chinese very well…
    so i think you will also ,do not worry…

  18. AngelRawrification March 14, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

    I can teach you! :3 wanna learn chinese :'(

  19. nina1983215 March 14, 2013 at 2:13 pm #


  20. maria monica maynez March 14, 2013 at 2:57 pm #

    I CAN TEACH YOU IF YOU TEACH ME =) … but im in Mexico jeje

  21. tykko8899 March 14, 2013 at 3:00 pm #

    My God, Chinese is complicated. (English).
    Oh My God, Chinese complicate. (Chinese0

  22. TheSweetDesires March 14, 2013 at 3:37 pm #

    i am like taking notes on everything cause i really want to learn it, and i also work with people who speak chinese so i would love to be able to have a conversation with them…your super good at teaching :) love your lessons!

  23. Iwillprmise March 14, 2013 at 4:33 pm #

    You are such a good teacher!

  24. nina1983215 March 14, 2013 at 5:29 pm #

    i am chinese ,i can teach you all chinese ,hehe
    ,i am in singapore now,but i need somebody teach me english also :)
    my english poor so much ,cry ….

  25. wcwc89 March 14, 2013 at 6:10 pm #

    u r hot

  26. mladenbla March 14, 2013 at 6:27 pm #

    I want to learn :)

  27. Spinozin March 14, 2013 at 7:24 pm #

    “I yesterday for two hours studied chinese”. This is the proper golden rule method isnt it? Im confused too.

  28. JacksRache March 14, 2013 at 7:34 pm #

    Great explanation! I’ve never encountered the “Golden Rule” before. That really helps alot! I just wish you’d also provide a Chinese translation for your example sentences.

  29. 1037lex March 14, 2013 at 8:13 pm #

    I dot understand why is it so easy for me… yet i cant understand my own school work (i wish i could switch

  30. u2bdancer March 14, 2013 at 8:53 pm #

    yang yang is the cutest teacher

  31. u2bdancer March 14, 2013 at 8:57 pm #

    Yan Yan is the best, and the cutiest teacher, woooo

  32. beatboxpeej March 14, 2013 at 9:21 pm #

    “get it? :D”..nope. I don’t get it 😀
    Practice more more!!

  33. bitesh March 14, 2013 at 9:58 pm #

    So “to Los Angeles” doesn’t qualify as “where”?

  34. cheyennis March 14, 2013 at 10:10 pm #

    Int he second example (I studied Chinese for two hours), I thought that “for two hours” was HOW the action takes place, so I’m kinda confused here…

  35. Jasonandseven March 14, 2013 at 10:13 pm #

    I think when you call your name Cheng Yangyang, should add a “comma” between Last Name and First Name… Cheng, Yangyang.

  36. onewaytosavetheday March 14, 2013 at 11:00 pm #

    My head es’plode.
    But this was helpful! Xiexie

  37. imdimdimd March 14, 2013 at 11:45 pm #

    Mumtaz Jiddan

  38. budafliiez March 14, 2013 at 11:50 pm #

    Is it possible for you to use an example in Chinese? In the sentence “I study with Lily at the library tomorrow at 5 in the afternoon”, I don’t know how to write “with Lily” using that sentence structure. All I know is 我跟Lily明天下午五点在图书馆学习中文。

  39. Fishydick March 14, 2013 at 11:57 pm #

    Video in Mandarin is 视频 (shi(4)pin(2)). :)

  40. Fishydick March 15, 2013 at 12:16 am #

    Is it weird that I have to say these sentences in Mandarin in order to answer the word order questions?

  41. YouTubianGuy March 15, 2013 at 12:26 am #

    This was very clear,


  42. V Hammond March 15, 2013 at 12:52 am #

    Extremely, extremely helpful. Man. I wish I could’ve seen this before when I was taking classes. It would’ve helped out a lot. It really simplifies things in a way that is easily understood, for me at least. And I only missed one — which was the last one. Great video.

  43. faerietaleredux March 15, 2013 at 1:23 am #

    this was great, thank you :)

  44. mPuzzlem March 15, 2013 at 1:49 am #

    You spelled address wrong!

  45. Silentil March 15, 2013 at 1:56 am #

    Great vid YangYang! Is this a new one or an old one you’ve dug up and posted? Looking great by the way!

  46. karaobn March 15, 2013 at 2:41 am #

    oh my goodness… i’ve been watching your videos since the beginning lessons… this one is definitely the hardest to grasp! you’re teaching it well though! it’s just very hard to rearrange the language without messing up.

  47. JRCrowley March 15, 2013 at 3:36 am #

    You’re awesome :) xie xie!

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