Lesson 5 – Hobby (你喜欢做什么?)

Lesson’s Main Characters:

Julie Chen – Teacher, Chinese
Helen Li – Student, American

Conversation Situation:

In this lesson, Julie and Helen talk about their hobbies…

Conversation Dialogue:

Julie, 你 周末 喜欢 做什么?
Julie, nǐ zhōumò xǐhuan zuòshénme?

我周末喜欢 看电影, 听音乐, 也 喜欢 看书. 你呢?
wǒ zhōumò xǐhuan kàndiànyǐng, tīngyīnyuè, yě xǐhuan kànshū. nǐne?

我 不 喜欢 看书, 我 喜欢 玩游戏机.
wǒ bù xǐhuan kànshū, wǒ xǐhuan wányóuxìjī.

Vocabulary Words:

周末 (zhōumò): weekend
喜欢 (xǐhuan): to like/ to be fond of
看电影 (kàn diànyǐng): watch movie
看 (kàn): to look/ to watch
电影 (diànyǐng): movie/ film
听音乐 (tīng yīnyuè): listen to music
听 (tīng): to listen/ to hear
音乐 (yīnyuè): music
也 (yě): also/too
看书 (kànshū): to read / read a book
玩游戏机 (wán yóuxìjī): play video game
玩 (wán): to play/ to have fun
游戏机 (yóuxìjī): video game

Grammar: Word order & 也

1. Word order in Chinese:

Subject Adverb of  Time/Place Verb Object
周末 喜欢做 什么

2. The adverb 也 , meaning “also” or “too”

In Chinese, adverbs are placed after subjects and in front of verbs. Unlike English, adverbs cannot be placed before the subject or at the end of a sentence.
For example:

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