Jul. 4, 2012
Beginner Level 初级 (chūjí)
The right answer for this test is B.
Hǎo rè a, wǒ xiǎng chī bīngqílín.
Jenny: 好 热啊，我想 吃 冰淇淋。
Such a hot day! I want some ice cream.
Nǐ xiǎng chī shénme wèi de?
Lily: 你想 吃 什么 味 的？
What flavor do you want?
Qiǎokèlì wèi de.
Jenny: 巧克力 味 的。
In the above conversation, you may notice that the usage of “好 (hǎo)” is different from what you learned before. Here, “好 (hǎo)” is an adverb meaning very or quite and is usually used for exclamation. For example, you can say: “这些饺子好香啊! (Zhèxiē jiǎozi hǎo xiāng a!) The dumplings smell really good!”
Another language point in the conversation is how to express different flavors in Chinese. Jenny wants chocolate ice cream which means “巧克力味冰淇淋 (qiǎokèlì wèi bīngqílín)” in Chinese. “味 (wèi)” means taste or flavor, such as “草莓味冰淇淋 (cǎoméi wèi bīngqílín) strawberry ice cream.” You can also add “的 (de)” after “味 (wèi).”
Zhè jiān fángzi hǎo dà ya!
这 间 房子 好 大 呀！
This house is so big!
Wǒ xǐhuan chī xiāngcǎo wèi de bīngqílín.
我 喜欢 吃 香草 味 的 冰淇淋。
I like vanilla ice cream.
Zhège dàngāo shì cǎoméi wèi de.
这个 蛋糕 是 草莓 味 的。
The cake is strawberry flavored.