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Taiwanese Mandarin Survival Phrases Lesson 13: How Much?
In this lesson, we will learn how to ask “How much?”
In Chinese, this is 多少錢(Duōshǎo qián)?
Now let’s break it down by tone:
多(duō) is in first tone.
少(shǎo) is in third tone.
錢(qián) is in second tone.
Let’s break down the meaning:
多(duō) means "a lot" or "many."
少(shǎo) means "few."
多少(duōshǎo) together means "How much?" or "How many?"
錢(qián) means "money."
Together, this phrase means “how much money?”
Altogether, we have 多少錢(Duōshǎo qián)?
Listen again, one more time, slowly:
[Slow] 多少錢(Duōshǎo qián)?
[Normal] 多少錢(Duōshǎo qián)?
You can also add “this” to the phrase to ask, "How much is this?"
“This” in Chinese is 這個 (zhège)
Let’s break it down by tone:
這 (zhè) is in fourth tone.
個 (ge) has no tone.
When you add the phrases together, you get 這個多少錢(Zhège duōshǎo qián)?
Literally, the phrase translates to "This how much?" but can be translated as “How much is this?
Altogether, we have 這個多少錢(Zhège duōshǎo qián)?
Listen again, one more time, slowly:
[Slow] 這個多少錢(Zhège duōshǎo qián)?
[Normal] 這個多少錢(Zhège duōshǎo qián)?
Finally, we can add “that” to the phrase to ask, “How much is that?”
In Chinese, “that” is 那個(nà ge)
Ask “How much is that?” “那個多少錢(Nàge duōshǎo qián)?”
Let’s break it down by tone:
那 (nà) is in fourth tone
個 (ge) has no tone.
When you add the phrases together, you get 那個多少錢(Nàge duōshǎo qián)?
Literally, the phrase translates to “That how much?” but can be translated as “how much is that?
Altogether, we have 那個多少錢(Nàge duōshǎo qián)?
Listen again, one more time, slowly:
[Slow] 那個多少錢(Nàge duōshǎo qián)?
[Normal] 那個多少錢(Nàge duōshǎo qián)?

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When you're in Taiwan, you'll be shopping a lot... definitely remember this phrase!