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Eric: Top 25 Chinese Questions You Need to Know - Lesson 10, How is the Chinese food? In each lesson of this 25 part series, you'll master a common question for Chinese learners, and then learn how to answer it like a native. You'll learn how these key phrases work by breaking them down into each component. Then through repetition and new vocabulary, you'll expand your understanding of the question, its answers, and any variations.
In this lesson, you'll learn how to respond to the common question “How is it?” when talking about food. In Chinese this is
Cho:味道怎么样?
The first word in the question is
Cho: 味道
Eric: meaning “flavor” in English.
Cho: (Slow, by syllable) 味道
Eric: Listen again and repeat.
Cho: 味道
{Pause}
Eric: This pattern of first introducing a word at natural speed, providing the translation, breaking it down, and then giving it again at natural speed will be repeated throughout the series. Try to speak aloud as often as possible. The next word in the question is
Cho: 怎么样
Eric: meaning “how”
Cho: (Slow, by syllable) 怎么样
Eric: Now repeat.
Cho: 怎么样
{Pause}
Listen to the entire question and repeat.
Cho: 味道怎么样?
{pause}
Eric: You will hear this common question again and again throughout your studies. Master the following pattern and responses to the question “How is it?”
Cho: 很好吃。
Eric: "It's delicious.” Again, slowly. Repeat the phrase.
Cho: (Slow) 很好吃。
{pause}
Eric: Let's break it down from the beginning. The first word:
Cho: 很
Eric: means something like “very; quite; fairly.”
Cho: (Slow, by syllable) 很
Eric: Now repeat
Cho: 很
{Pause}
Eric: And after that
Cho: 好吃
meaning “delicious; tasty."
Cho: (Slow, by syllable) 好吃
Eric:Now repeat.
Cho: 好吃
{Pause}
Eric: Listen to the speaker say, “It's delicious.”, and then repeat.
Cho: 很好吃。
{pause}
Eric: To expand on the pattern, replace “delicious” with “very salty.”
Cho: 很咸
Eric: very salty
Cho: (slow) 很咸 (regular) 很咸
Eric: Listen to the phrase again, this time with very salty
Cho: 很咸。
Eric: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace “delicious” with “very salty.” Say “It's very salty.”
{pause}
Cho: 很咸。
Eric: To use a different phrase, replace “very salty” with “very sweet.”
Cho: 很甜
Eric: very sweet
Cho: (slow) 很甜 (regular) 很甜
Eric: Listen to the phrase again, this time with very sweet
Cho: 很甜。
Eric: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace “very salty” with “very sweet.” Say “It's very sweet.”
{pause}
Cho: 很甜。
Eric: To expand on the pattern, replace “very sweet” with “not good”
Cho: 不好吃
Eric: not good
Cho: (slow) 不好吃 (regular) 不好吃
Eric: Listen to the phrase again, this time with “not good”
Cho: 不好吃。
Eric: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace “very sweet” with “not good.” Say “It's not good.”
{pause}
Cho: 不好吃。
Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you are visiting China and someone asks you your opinion on the food you're eating. You want to say it's delicious. Respond to the question.
Cho: 味道怎么样? (five seconds) 很好吃。
Eric: Now, you want to say it's very salty. Respond to the question.
Cho: 味道怎么样? (five seconds) 很咸。
Eric: Now you want to say it's very sweet. Answer the speaker's question.
Cho: 味道怎么样? (five seconds) 很甜。
Eric: Now you want to say it's not good. Respond to the question.
Cho: 味道怎么样? (five seconds)不好吃。
Eric: Now you want to know what that person thinks of the meal. Ask the question.
(5 seconds)
Cho: 味道怎么样?
Eric: This is the end of Lesson 10

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Try to answer the question 'How is the Chinese food?' in Chinese!

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你好 robert groulx and Steven!


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robert groulx
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thank you for the lesson transcript


favorite phrase is 味道怎么样?


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Steven
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Awesome