Mandarin Chinese Lesson 33: Things/Something
唐 先生 想 喝 东西。 Mr. Tang would like to drink something.
Táng xiānsheng xiăng hē dōngxī.
Táng first-born want-like drink east-west. 我 想 吃 一点 东西。I would like to eat a little something.
Wŏ xiăng chī yī diăn dōngxī.
I want-like eat one dot east-west. 王 小姐 不 想 吃 东西。Ms. Wang would not like to eat anything.
Wáng xiăojiĕ bù xiăng chī dōngxī.
Wang little-big-sister not want-like eat east-west. 这个 商店 有 很 多 东西 可以 买。This store has a lot of things you can buy.
Zhè gè shāngdiàn yŏu hĕn duō dōngxī kĕyĭ măi.
This one store has very much east-west can buy. 长春 的 东西 不 是 很 贵。Things in Changchun are not very expensive.
Chángchūn de dōngxī bù shì hĕn guì.
Changchun-of east-west not very expensive. 我 的 学生 学 东西 快。My students learn things quickly.
Wŏ de xuésheng xué dōngxī kuài.
I-of study-born study east-west fast. 郑 先生 学 东西 快。Mr. Zheng learns things quickly.
Zhèng xiānsheng xué dōngxī kuài.
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