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Learn to Speak Chinese through a Famous Quote (Sept. 14, 2010)

Sep. 15, 2010

Wǒ jiǎngle bú suàn.
我    讲了    不 算。

 

I have no say in the matter. —From “李书福 (Lǐ Shūfú) Li Shufu,” the Chairman of Geely, in response to the question of Volvo’s future location in China, August 26, 2010 (Note: Geely bought Volvo on August 2, 2010).

Do you want to speak Chinese more fluently? First, you should take note of the words below:

“不算 (bú suàn)” is the short form of “不算数 (bú suànshù).” “不算数 (bú suànshù)” is the negative form of “算数 (suànshù)” or “算 (suàn).” “算数 (suànshù)” usually means to keep one’s promise, to be in charge, or to be important.

Examples:

Tā shuōhuà cónglái bú suànshù.
他    说话        从来    不   算数。

 

He never keeps his promises.

Zhèlǐ wǒ shuōle suàn.
这里   我  说了    算。

 

I’m in charge of here.
 

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Comments

The minute i see you have a new post i usually rush over here, despite the fact that i haven’t posted a comment to say thanks til now, i love your posts. Thanks!

I’d love to add two related phrases you can use when you speak Chinese:
这边 (zhèbiān) this way
那边 (nàbiɑn) that way

那里 (nàlǐ) there”

When I speak Chinese with my friend, I always misuse the demonstrative pronoun, such as “这里 (zhèlǐ)” which is used in this lesson. By the way, how do I say “there” in Chinese?

Does the 了 added after the verb 讲 mean past tense? I know that verb + 了 can express past tense when I learn to speak Chinese with my teacher, but I’m not sure about this one in the sentence.

Well, I am learning to speak Chinese with my friends now. I know they share the same meaning, but 讲 always stresses explanation. For example, people always say 讲课 (lecture), not 说课.

I’m just a beginner, but learning how to speak Chinese is my biggest goal. Can anyone tell me the difference between 讲 and 说?

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