Toll Free - U.S.& Canada:  1-800-791-9386   Hong Kong:  800-930-623   Australia:  1-800-779-835
Free online Chinese learning support
  • Follow us on Facebook!
  • Watch Our YouTube Videos!
  • Follow us on Twitter!
  • Follow us on WeChat!
    Follow Us in WeChat by Scanning!
    Follow Us in "WeChat"
    by Scanning
  • Follow us on LinkedIn
  • Explore Our Instagram Videos & Photos!
United Kingdom:  0-800-086-8969   Germany:  0-800-180-0341   Singapore:  800-130-1652
France:  0-805-080-689   Spain:  900-838-906    

Mini-Test Answer: to say personally

Apr. 16, 2012

Beginner Level 初级 (chūjí)

The correct answer to the test is B.

Translation:

          Kiki yào jiéhūn le, nǐ zhīdao ma?
Mary: Kiki  要 结婚   了,你 知道 吗?
          Did you know that Kiki is getting married?

          Zěnme kěnéng?!
Anna: 怎么     可能?!
          Seriously?!

          Zhēnde, tā qīnkǒu gàosu wǒ de.
Mary: 真的,   她  亲口    告诉    我 的。
          Without a doubt, she told me herself

Analysis:

In Chinese, the words “口 (kǒu)” and “嘴 (zuǐ)” both mean mouth, but “亲口 (qīnkǒu)” translates into “to tell someone personally.” It emphasizes the certainty of the information since it comes directly from someone personally involved in the situation under discussion. However, by using the other word for mouth, the term “亲嘴(qīnzuǐ)” means “to kiss.”

Example:

        Nǐ zhīdao Lily zuì xǐhuan chī shénme ma?
Mike: 你知道    Lily 最   喜欢     吃     什么   吗?
        Do you know what Lily’s favorite food is?

        Dāngrán shì jiǎozi le.
Lucy: 当然      是 饺子 了。
        Dumplings, of course.

        Nǐ zěnme zhīdao?
Mike: 你怎么    知道?
        How’d you know that?

        Wǒ tīng tā qīnkǒu shuō de.
Lucy: 我 听   她亲口     说     的。
        She told me personally. 

<<Back to Mini-test

Got questions? Take a free 1-to-1 lesson with one of our professional teachers by signing up below:
Name: 
E-mail: 
Country/Region: 
-select-

search no result

Tel: 
By clicking Submit, you agree to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.
Your email address and phone number
will be kept STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL.
Submit

Write a comment

Your Name: 
Your Email:  Your email address will not be published.
Comments: 
Verification Code:  Verification Code Unclear? Try another one
By clicking Submit, you agree to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.
Email This Article
Recipients' email addresses:
(separate recipients with comma)
Your name:
Your e-mail address (optional):
Your message (optional):
Verification Code:
By clicking Send, you agree to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.


Get 11 FREE Mandarin E-books
Sign up for a free trial now!
Get more information about our Chinese lessons through live chat
Get a FREE live 1-to-1 lesson and FREE e-books. Complete the form below:
Name:
E-mail:
Country/Region:
-select-

search no result

Tel:
By clicking Submit, you agree to our
Terms of Service
and Privacy Policy.
Your email address and phone number
will be kept STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL.