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ID: QW0115 Intermediate
In today's Chinese podcast, the Shanghai Trio are going to explain how to use the construction 都...了 to say "already" with a bit of punch. It makes your tone slightly more emphatic, and sometimes adds a hint of exasperation. So tune in to this sure-to-be-classic Qing Wen podcast and make your Mandarin even better.
Sat Sep 12 2009 | Connie, Jenny, Pete
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yǐjīng shí èr diǎn le ，nǐ zěnme hái bù shuìjiào ？
It's already twelve o'clock．Why haven't you gone to sleep?
dōu shí èr diǎn le ，nǐ zěnme hái bù shuìjiào ？
It's already twelve o'clock! How come you still haven't gone to sleep?
tā dōu èrshí suì le ，hái bù huì zìjǐ xǐ yīfu 。
He's a full twelve years old, and he still can't wash his own clothes.
fàn dōu liáng le ，kuài chī ba ！
The food is getting cold -- hurry up and eat!
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