Live without ‘It’ – Yangyang 3

In this lesson, Yangyang talks about how to use ‘there is’ and ‘there are’  in Mandarin. At the same time, she also talks about how the pronoun ‘it’ is used in the language.

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If you want to speak Mandarin the proper way, you should understand how the order of things having spoken in the language.

In the context of ‘there is’ and ‘there are’, the order of things are uttered in a rather different manner than English.  For example, when you are talking about an object being found at a location in English, you would say the object first, then the location.  It is the other way round in Mandarin. Instead of saying ‘ there is a book on the table’, you would say ‘on the table there is a book’. Instead of saying ‘ there is snow on the roof’, you would say ‘on the roof there is snow’.

Another thing is about the pronoun ‘it’.

‘It’ is used very frequently in English. You would say ‘ it’s hot’, ‘ it’s great’, and a lot more.

Curiously, ‘it’ is almost absent in Chinese. In other words, Chinese has been surviving almost without ‘it’.

For example,  when you say ‘it’s really hot’,  Chinese would say ‘really hot’.   When you say ‘ it’s hot today’,  Chinese would say ‘today is hot’.

Note the difference in the two languages would help you to learn Mandarin more effectively.

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28 Responses to “Live without ‘It’ – Yangyang 3”

  1. Nishith Shah March 14, 2013 at 1:31 pm #

    it is a treasure for those who want to learn Chinese. Special thanks to yoyo Chinese team and the up-loader for such a great service to Chinese learners

  2. MsElizabeff March 14, 2013 at 1:45 pm #

    :O this reallllllly helps with grammar for me since im majoring in chinese! thank you!!

  3. Saket Bharti March 14, 2013 at 2:27 pm #

    No girl I want pusy pusy pusy ant only pusy . Come on tell me what is your deapth of pusy ?
    when your mensuration cycle starts ? What is size of your boobs ??

  4. songokukingdomhearts March 14, 2013 at 3:25 pm #

    so I can say: zai xue xiao you duo xue sheng (many students in school)?

  5. garethui March 14, 2013 at 3:48 pm #


  6. MrXiejin March 14, 2013 at 4:43 pm #


  7. TheHolyphantom March 14, 2013 at 4:59 pm #

    Very good lesson, thanks

  8. Shakamuni March 14, 2013 at 5:09 pm #


  9. timski72 March 14, 2013 at 5:49 pm #

    Great lessons. Thanks!

  10. LinaCan March 14, 2013 at 6:06 pm #

    I love your videos!!! it makes learning chinese soo much easier..

  11. LearnChineseWithEase March 14, 2013 at 6:50 pm #

    What a great way to teach this topic!

  12. xushuzhou March 14, 2013 at 7:03 pm #

    见 should be replaced by 看 in this sentence

  13. etjjgf March 14, 2013 at 8:00 pm #

    In Mexico we learn Chinese too :)

  14. Iwillprmise March 14, 2013 at 8:33 pm #

    Why the verb in these sentences don’t go to the end of sentence???

  15. Vb Wyrde March 14, 2013 at 8:58 pm #

    Thank you very much!  I like your video lessons!

  16. 1037lex March 14, 2013 at 9:14 pm #


  17. AmberBreeze March 14, 2013 at 9:38 pm #

    Thank you so much for your lessons I learned a lot within this hour by just watching your videos! They are easy to understand and your lessons are great! Thank you again!!! <3 <3

  18. Colin Zhao March 14, 2013 at 10:15 pm #


  19. u2bdancer March 14, 2013 at 11:09 pm #

    yangyang is hot !

  20. MajorPwnage96 March 14, 2013 at 11:31 pm #

    I’m going to learn German and Chinese at the same time. Best of luck to you in learning.

  21. Dan Montino March 15, 2013 at 12:12 am #

    great job!

  22. jeromeqi March 15, 2013 at 12:44 am #

    It’s better to say: 我要看你的视频。
    “I want to WATCH your videos.”

  23. ruby888lin March 15, 2013 at 1:33 am #

    good lesson…this is really helpfuly for me to explain the ABC kids…:) thank you YangYang…

  24. buyuxin March 15, 2013 at 2:03 am #

    Your wonderful videos help me teach grammar so much! My students LOVE your videos A LOT! We all cannot wait to see your new videos.

  25. David Wilkinson March 15, 2013 at 2:21 am #

    Yangyang you tai ke ai.

  26. YouTubianGuy March 15, 2013 at 2:34 am #

    Thanks for posting!
    And is this sentence correct:

    ( I want to see your videos)

  27. verlisse March 15, 2013 at 3:09 am #

    I want to see more of your videos. I liked this.

  28. TheTarantulasWeb March 15, 2013 at 4:01 am #

    Awesome video as usual Thanks for posting these videos :*)

    xie xie :*)

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