Learn Mandarin with Yangyang – Forming a yes/no question

How do you ask a question in Chinese? In the previous lesson, we learn to use the word ma1 (吗). In this lesson, Yang Yang teaches you ask a question in another way.

This is another interesting grammar lesson on learning Mandarin.

The ways to ask questions in Chinese can be quite different from English.

In the last lesson, Yangyang teaches you to use a question word ma1 (吗)  to convert a statement in Chinese into English. This is a very easy way to ask a question in the language.

There is another very common way of asking the question. Bear in mind that you cannot mix what you have learned in the last lesson to this one. If you are using the way to ask questions in Chinese in this lesson, then you should completely exclude the use of the question  word ma1 (吗).

It is pretty mouthful if you were to do it with a translation. In Mandarin, nevertheless, it is very clear cut.

This is an example.

If you’re asking someone ‘do you love me?’ in Chinese, the sentence can be translated as ‘ni3 ai4bu2ai4wo3?’.   It literally mean ‘ you love or do not love me?’.   Sounds a little  awkward, isn’t it?  But this is one of the most common ways that questions our asked.

Similarly, if you are asking someone whether you have money, you would ask, ‘Do you have or do not have money?’

Watch the video of Yangyang to find out more. It is very interesting.

Learn Chinese in 5 minnutes!

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19 Responses to “Learn Mandarin with Yangyang – Forming a yes/no question”

  1. phala sat April 1, 2013 at 3:56 am #

    Great lesson! easy to learn and practice!

  2. Kaus Kum April 1, 2013 at 4:06 am #

    Thanks dear , I am trying to learn Chinese . I am facing so many problems in learning . Can you help me please ?? How to form (1)Future tense (2) Past Tense . If it is long then please send me some video link through English .

  3. Shi Tan April 1, 2013 at 4:41 am #

    yes,it is right.i am chinese.

  4. Lucio Raul Acuña Letona April 1, 2013 at 5:38 am #

    wo ai ni …. jxjxjxjxj 😀

  5. ArtChartable April 1, 2013 at 6:17 am #


  6. Kaus Kum April 1, 2013 at 7:02 am #

    Can any one please guide me . “Do you love me ?– ni ai wo ma ? ” is it right or wrong.
    If wrong then why ??

  7. Kaus Kum April 1, 2013 at 7:15 am #

    Can any one please guide me . “Do you love me ?– ni ai wo ma ? ” is it right or wrong

  8. Nick Skov April 1, 2013 at 7:21 am #

    Learning the structure of chinese grammar and saying the words is the easy part. Having a conversation on chinese is the hard part…

  9. IloveMIT8923 April 1, 2013 at 7:40 am #

    Can anyone tell me where I can safely download the patch so I can see Chinese characters? I didn’t download the patch when it asked me like years ago and so now all I see are boxes where chinese characters are supposed to be. Please reply

  10. Vojife April 1, 2013 at 8:38 am #

    Thank you. =) I already learned it since I posted this, but thanks anyway. 😉

  11. btkw April 1, 2013 at 9:32 am #

    Your comment is 2 months old but i’ll just reply. yes you can put 人at the back for nationalities. e.g. America=美国, American=美国人,France=法国, French person=法国人,Spain=西班牙, Spanish person=西班牙人

  12. jackendy cherenfant April 1, 2013 at 9:48 am #

    ren .only means person

  13. Vojife April 1, 2013 at 9:56 am #

    Hm, help me out here, please.
    So, if I get it, “China” is 中国 (Zhōngguó)
    And in a past lesson you said “I am not Chinese”, where “chinese” was 中国人 (Zhōngguó rén).
    Now you say “You can speak Chinese”, where “chinese” is 中文 (Zhōngwén).
    So 人 changes a country to a nationality and Chinese as the language is 中文?
    I know it isn’t the topic of this lesson, but I really “need” to know whether I can use 人 for other nationalities as well)

  14. Rania Epicness April 1, 2013 at 10:12 am #

    yeah, i know it’s easy…i just got confused

  15. lstsmr014 April 1, 2013 at 10:41 am #

    actually i find it very easy to follow. i’m a complete beginner in chinese and not even an english native speaker. still i fully understand that little piece of grammar after watching this video.

  16. tomasjaka April 1, 2013 at 11:40 am #

    First she says “You love me” and asks “Do you like me?”. She is flirting around here.

  17. HappyBerryCrochet April 1, 2013 at 12:08 pm #

    xiexie! great video!! (^-^)

  18. Rania Epicness April 1, 2013 at 12:46 pm #

    OH I GET IT NOW!!! 😛 smart me :D

  19. Rania Epicness April 1, 2013 at 1:12 pm #

    this is confusing

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