Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Chinese Language Learning Program Lesson 75 – 吧 (bā) and 吗 (mā) in Chinese
Chinese Language Learning Program
Lesson 75 – 吧 (bā) and 吗 (mā) in Chinese
Hello, everyone. Welcome back. This is Baixue’s Chinese Language Learning Program. Last time we talked about at a hotel in Chinese. Today, we will talke about some Chinese grammar.
吧 (bā) and 吗 (mā) are two of the most common sentence particles in Chinese grammar. They are usually used at the end of a sentence and indicate different meanings.
1.“吗” is used at the end of a sentence to make this sentence a question sentence whose answer usually is “yes” or “no.”
nǐ men shōu xìn yòng kǎ ma?
你 们 收 信 用 卡 吗? (Do you take credit cards?)
2. “吧” can be used at the end of a sentence in many context.
1)To indicate a suggestion, and a command.
jìn wū li ba.
进 屋 里吧。(Go into the house.)
2)To indicate an agreement or an acknowledgment.
hǎo ba! wǒ men liù diǎn zhōng jiàn.
好 吧！我 们 六 点 钟 见。
(Alright! We will meet at six.)
3) To make the sentence a question sentence.
nǐ gōng zuò zuò wán le ba?
你 工 作 做 完 了 吧？
(Have you finished your work?)
4)To indicate uncertainty.
zhè zì lái shuǐ hē le bù huì shēng bìng ba?
这 自 来 水 喝 了 不 会 生 病 吧？
(It is safe to drink this tap water, right?)
Today’s idiom is:
zuì wēng zhī yì bú zài jiǔ
醉 翁 之 意 不 在 酒
(Literally-- The intention of the drunkard lies not on the wine, but on other purposes. Or Many kiss the baby for the nurse's sake.)
Ok, that is all for today.
谢 谢 ! (Thanks!)
xià cì jiàn
下 次 见! (See you next time!)