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Posted on: What time do you get up?
July 09, 2015, 05:06 PM

Hi jethrothomas28

The best resource I found (when I had exactly the same question) is this blog post from former CPod host John Pasden:

I think it's best to think of these pronunciations in pairs. If you contrast x with sh, j with zh, and q with ch, you'll find that the difference between the sounds in each pair is analogous (a significant change in the placement of the tongue), which can be difficult to get the hang of if you're a native English speaker.


Posted on: He Won't Carry My Handbag
July 09, 2015, 04:44 PM

Hi 765348120

As no one from the team has got back to you, my advice would be to:

1. make a mental note that 会。。。的 is a kind of pattern - when 会 carries the meaning of 'will' - and that this pattern conveys a conviction that you will do this thing (or this thing will happen).

2. keep an eye / ear out for further examples as you study more Chinese (you'll come across it a lot once you're aware of it)

3. Try to incorporate it into your own speaking where appropriate.


Best wishes...


Posted on: He Won't Carry My Handbag
July 09, 2015, 04:36 PM

I disagree. To me, the '的' in 。。。的人 and the '的' in 会。。。的 are doing two completely different (and unrelated) things. 


Posted on: He Won't Carry My Handbag
July 01, 2015, 05:44 AM

Hi Misseda

Grammar ain't my strong point, but let me try to address this :)

You said:

I would also suggest that in all sentences that apparently end with 的, the 的 is followed by an implied noun, even in patterns where such a noun is rarely used.

I don't agree with this and think maybe your making the mistake of thinking 的 is only used to modify nouns. This is one use of 的 (and you're right that the noun is often omitted / implied). But 的 also has other uses, e.g. the 是。。。的 pattern (which has nothing to do with modifying nouns) and also this 会。。。的 construction.

John P's awesome grammar wiki is worth checking out if you want some more info/examples:

"Shi... de" construction

"De" (modal particle)



Posted on: He Won't Carry My Handbag
July 01, 2015, 05:35 AM

Hey Veronique Nothing that I can think of. I guess it's a bit similar to the 是。。。的 pattern (where the 是is often omitted), in that in both cases the 的 is adding some kind of emphasis, but grammatically, they're probably two completely different things. If you want to really add emphasis, you can use: 肯定会。。。的。

EDIT: The second link in my replay to Misseda below has a couple of examples using 是

Posted on: He Won't Carry My Handbag
June 30, 2015, 01:50 PM

Hi Messeda

This is a pattern: 会。。。的。You'll often see this 的 on the end of a 会 phrase. It adds emphasis (gives the sentence a feeling of having a greater degree of certainty).  

Posted on: Gap Year
November 08, 2014, 02:00 PM

I guess you could think of it as something like "(come from where)'s money?", with the 的 acting like the -'s, though it's probably best just to remember it as a fixed expression.

Posted on: Switching Language Input Methods
October 21, 2014, 04:26 PM

全是指全角; 半是指半角



Posted on: Say "Cheese"!
October 14, 2014, 04:11 AM

Yes, the name you insert should be someone in your group - otherwise it would be a bit strange :)

Posted on: Buying Organic Food
October 13, 2014, 04:47 PM

Hi veronique

GMO is 转基因生物 (zhuǎnjīyīn shēngwù).

At the moment, China doesn't allow the commercial production of any GMO food products, though they are spending a lot of money researching them. Having said that, there was also a story a bit back about supermarkets in Hubei province selling illegal GM modfied rice (see here).China also imports a lot of GMO soy beans and corn (mostly from the US and South American countries). I believe most of these are used to produce cooking oil and for animal feed (with Chinese eating more and more meat).

Accoring to Baidu Baike, labelling is required, though your more likely to see 非转基因 (non-GM) in big characters on the labels of cooking-oil.

There's been a lot of debate about GM foods in China recently (we had a recent Meida lesson about this on CPod) Most Chinese people seem to be very suspicious of GM products - the government are planning a media campain to try and persuade people that they're safe (see here - for example).