MSG028: Mandarin Problems YOU Might Have (Emily Wang)
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MSG028: Mandarin Problems YOU Might Have (Emily Wang)

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Beginner problem: Using “textbook” expressions like:

 

1.你好吗!(Can replace with你怎么样?最近忙吗?)

 

2.再见(Can replace with明天见、回见、or走了!)

 

3.请(Can replace with麻烦)

 

 

Intermediate problem: Sounding childish

 

1. Can replace overused words like真的with实在、确实

 

2. Use more complex sentence structures like开始的时候,然后,最后or虽然,但是

 

 

Expert problem: Using high-level phrases imprecisely

 

1.胡说八道(húshuō bādào), spouting nonsense

 

2.不明觉厉(bùmíng jué lì), to assume something is amazing because it’s hard to understand

 

3.斜杠青年(xiégāng qīngnián), a “/ youth”, or youngster with too many hobbies or careers, ie “musician/writer/translator/pastry chef”

 

 

 

 

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