Sunday, December 25, 2011

Chinese adverbs of frequency

12/25/2011 Taiwan Explorer
Mandarin phrases with adverbs of frequency


Today we will share some examples of Chinese adverbs of frequency, sich as often, sometimes, never, always, usually and every time. These words express how often we do something and are very useful for Chinese learners like me, who is at the beginner stage.

1. 常常 chángcháng: often, usually, frequently

常常吃巧克力。
Wǒ chángcháng chī qiǎokèlì.
I often eat chocolate.

2. 難得 nándé: seldom, rarely (formal)

難得你做的菜很好吃。
Nándé nǐ zuò de cài hěn hǎochī.
You seldom make tasty food.

3. 很少 hěn shào: seldom (casual)

很少吃馬鈴薯。
Wǒ hěn shǎo chī mǎlíngshǔ.
I seldom eat potatoes.

4. 有時 yǒushí, 有時候 yǒushíhou: sometimes

有時候你很皮。
Yǒushíhòu nǐ hěn pí.
Sometimes you are very naughty.

5. 總是 zǒngshì: always

總是喝咖啡。
Wǒ zǒngshì hē kāfēi.
I always drink coffee.

6. 從不 cóngbù: never

Words with the same meaning as 從不 (never) are 從未 cóngwèi, 從來不 cóngláiméi and 從來沒 cóngláibù. They could be used as well in the example below.

從不從不。
Cóngbù shuō cóngbù.
Never say never.

7. 永遠 yóngyuǎn: forever

永遠愛你。
Wǒ yóngyuǎn ài nǐ.
I will love you forever.

8. 每次 měicì: every time

每次你都會點果汁。
Měicì nǐ dōu huì diǎn guǒzhī.
Every time you will order juice.

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Please note the rules of pronunciation in standard Chinese phonology. Two 3rd tones in a row make the first syllable become 2nd tone, for example: xiǎng + xiǎng = xiángxiǎng etc. Read more here.