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Eric: Top 25 Chinese Questions You Need to Know - Lesson 14: How tall are you? in Chinese. 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 tall are you?” In Chinese this is
Cho: 你多高?
The first word in the question is
Cho: 你
Eric: meaning “you” in English.
Cho: (Slow, by syllable) 你
Eric: Listen again and repeat.
Cho: 你
{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: 多
Eric: meaning “how.”
Cho: (Slow, by syllable) 多
Eric: Now repeat.
Cho: 多
{Pause}
Listen to the the first 2 words of the question and repeat.
Cho: 你多
{pause}
And after that
Cho: 高
Eric: meaning “tall.”
Cho: (Slow, by syllable) 高
Eric: Now repeat.
Cho: 高
{Pause}
Listen to the entire question and repeat.
Cho: 你多高
{pause}
Eric: It literally means “You, how tall?”
Eric:You will hear this common question again and again throughout your studies. Master the following pattern and responses to the question “How tall are you?”
Cho: 我一米八。
Eric: "I'm 180 cm tall.” Again, slowly. Repeat the phrase.
Cho: (Slow) 我一米八。
{pause}
Eric: Let's break it down from the beginning. The first word:
Cho: 我
Eric: means “I.”
Cho: (Slow, by syllable) 我
Eric: Now repeat
Cho: 我
{Pause}
Eric: And next
Cho: 一米八
“180 cm.” or literally “1.8 m.”
Cho: (Slow, by syllable) 一米八
Eric:Now repeat.
Cho: 一米八
{Pause}
Eric: Listen to the speaker say, “I'm 180 cm” or literally “I’m 1.8 m.”, and then repeat.
Cho: 我一米八。
{pause}
Eric: To expand on the pattern, replace 180 cm with 150 cm.
Cho: 一米五
Eric: meaning “150 centimeters” or literally “1.5 m.”
Cho: (slow) 一米五 (regular) 一米五
Eric: Listen to the phrase again, this time with 150 cm.
Cho: 我一米五。
Eric: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace 180 cm with 150 cm. Say “I'm 150 cm tall.” or literally “I’m 1.5 m tall.”)
{pause}
Cho: 我一米五。
Eric: To use a different phrase, replace 150 cm with 160 cm.
Cho: 一米六
Eric: meaning “160 centimeters” or literally “1.6 m”.
Cho: (slow) 一米六 (regular) 一米六
Eric: Listen to the phrase again, this time with 160 cm.
Cho: 我一米六。
Eric: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace 150 cm with 160 cm. Say “I'm 160cm tall.” or literally “I’m 1.6 m tall.”
{pause}
Cho: 我一米六。
Eric: To make another phrase, replace 160 cm with 190 cm.
Cho: 一米九
Eric: meaning “190 centimeters” or literally “1.9 m”.
Cho: (slow) 一米九 (regular) 一米九
Eric: Listen to the phrase again, this time with 190 cm.
Cho: 我一米九。
Eric: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace 160 cm with 190 cm. Say “I'm 190cm.” or literally “I’m 1.9 m.”
{pause}
Cho: 我一米九。
Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you are visiting China and someone asks you how tall you are. You are 180 cm tall. Respond to the question.
Cho: 你多高? (five seconds) 我一米八。
Eric: Imagine you are 150cm tall. Respond to the question.
Cho: 你多高? (five seconds) 我一米五。
Eric: Now imagine you are 160cm tall. Answer the speaker's question.
Cho: 你多高? (five seconds) 我一米六。
Eric: Imagine you're 190cm tall. Respond to the question.
Cho: 你多高? (five seconds) 我一米九。
Eric: Now you want to ask that person how tall he or she is. Ask the question
(5 seconds)
Cho: 你多高?
{pause}
Eric: Now it's time to answer the question with actual information about yourself.
Cho: 你多高?
{pause}
Eric: This is the end of Lesson 14

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Monday at 06:30 PM
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How tall are you? Try to answer in Chinese!

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Thursday at 02:02 AM
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你好 robert groulx!


不用谢。(Bú yòng xiè.) = No need for thanks. You're welcome. 😇


谢谢 (Xièxie) for studying with us, it's great to have you here!


Let us know if you have any questions.


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robert groulx
Wednesday at 11:53 PM
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thank you for the lesson transcript


favorite phrase is 你多高?


robert

Steven
Thursday at 08:13 PM
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Tall 好高

Steven
Thursday at 05:35 AM
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Tao 好高

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Sunday at 05:05 PM
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Hello, diverkim,


Sorry, we should have given the expansion for the grammer.

In Chinese, we both use 你多高? for asking "how many cm?" and "how tall are you?"

And the answer for the question can be 'I am ... cm.'


In Chinese, we usually as "你多高?"(How tall are you?)or "你1米几?"(how many cm over 1 meter are you?)


Cho

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diverkim
Tuesday at 12:48 PM
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Sorry, but that is quite the stretch Cho, and it is unkind to learners. In 你多高?the question is asking "how many" cm, and we know that from the answer that will be provided. It is not asking "how" cm?

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Monday at 06:35 PM
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hi, diverkim,


多 = 多少(duō shǎo),means "how many, how much"

How tall are you?

= 你多高?=你有多高?(nǐ yǒu duō gāo ?)

If we translate it literally, how equals to 多 here.


Cho

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diverkim
Tuesday at 10:32 PM
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Why does review test say that 多 means "how"? Does it mean "how" in addition to "many"? The dictionary I check doesn't give the meaning of "how"