Mini-Test Answer: Free

Beginner Level 初级 (chūjí)

The correct answer should be A.


     Zhège zhōurì nǐ yǒukòng ma? Wǒmen qù kàn Gōngfuxióngmāo ba?
A: 这个       周日 你 有空       吗?   我们   去 看       功夫熊猫          吧?
    Are you free this Sunday?  How about watching Kong Fu Panda with me?       

     Hǎoā, tīngshuō hěn hǎokàn ne.
B: 好啊, 听说        很    好看    呢。
    Ok, I heard that it’s very nice.

Mandarin language school-Grammar points in this test:

“空” is a Chinese polyphone which can be pronounced both as “kōng” and “kòng.”

1.When “空” is pronounced as “kōng,” it means “empty.”

For example:
Zhèshì yígè kōng píngzi.
这是     一个  空      瓶子。
This is an empty bottle.

2. When “空” pronounced as “kòng,” it means “free/freetime.”

For example: 
Ni kòngxián shíjiān gān shénme ne?
你   空闲       时间    干      什么    呢?
What do you usually do in your free time?

In this test, the word “空” is pronounced as “kòng” and means “free.”

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5 thoughts on “Mini-Test Answer: Free”

  1. fumihiko ara

    pronounciation of 空 is very interesting.
    Learning chinese is very difficult because pinging is quite foreign to me. Anyway,I enjoyed a test.

  2. fumihiko ara

    Now I understand pronounciation of 空 in 空闲 时间 and 空 in 空瓶子 ara quite different.

  3. I’ve never gone to a Mandarin language school. I learn Chinese by myself. I know “什么 (shénme)” means “what.” How can I say “what’s the matter” in Chinese?

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