怎么样 in Chinese: Ask How Is... & How About... | 非常 vs. 很 in Chinese
In this video lesson we'll learn a very important sentence structure: 连动句 Liándòngjù - a Chinese Sentence with Verb Phrases in Series. And we'll also learn and compare the verbs 去 vs. 回 in Chinese.
- 怎么样 in Chinese
- Ask how is something in Chinese with 怎么样
- Ask how about something in Chinese with 怎么样
- Adverb 非常 in Chinese
- Compare Adverbs 非常 vs 很 in Chinese
Grammar 1: Ask How Is Something in Chinese with 怎么样 · HSK 1
In the last lesson we learned the Question Pronounce 怎么 zěnme, and today we'll learn the Question Phrase zěnmeyàng 怎么样 in Chinese.
怎么样 in Chinese as two usages:
(1) to ask how is something in Chinese or how is someone in Chinese
(1.a) ask people's opinion on someone/something
(1.b) ask how someone has been lately
(2) to ask how about something in Chinese
Firstly, when we want to ask how is something in Chinese or how is someone in Chinese, we can follow this structure:
Subject + 怎么样 ?
(1.a) ask for someone's opinion on something/someone,
- zhèjiā fànguǎnde jiǎozi zěnmeyàng
how are this "jia" (of) restaurant's dumplings (are they good or not)
- zhèsuǒ xuéxiàode lǎoshī zěnmeyàng
how are this "suo" (of) school's teachers (are they good or not)
(1.b) ask how someone has been recently,
- nǐde nǚpéngyou zěnmeyàng
how is your girlfriend
- nǐ zài Zhōngguó zěnmeyàng
how have you been in China
Grammar 2: Ask How About Something in Chinese with 怎么样 · HSK 1
And secondly, we can ask how about something in Chinese with 怎么样 as well. We can follow this structure:
a suggestion, 怎么样?
- nǐmen jīntiān wǎnshàng lái wǒjiā kàn diànyǐng chī pīsà, zěnmeyàng
you guys this evening come to my house to watch (a) movie (and) eat pizza, how about that
- wǒmen mǎitiáo gǒu, zěnmeyàng
we buy a dog, how about that
Grammar 3: Adverb 非常 in Chinese · HSK 1
We learned the Adverb 很 hěn before, which suggests degree. Today we'll learn another Adverb that also suggests degree - féicháng 非常.
非常 can be directly translated as "very; unusually; extraordinarily". It is usually used before an Adjective like this:
非常 + adj.
- zhège Hànzì fēicháng hǎoxiě
this "ge" (of) Chinese character (is) unusually easy to write
- Shànghǎi jīntiānde tiānqì fēicháng rè
Shanghai today's weather (is) unusually hot
非常 can also be used before some Stative Verbs such as 喜欢, 爱, 想 like this:
非常 + Stative v.
- wǒ fēicháng xǐhuan māo
I like cats very much
- tā fēicháng 'ài tāde nǚpéngyou
he loves his girlfriend very much
- wǒmen fēicháng xiǎng xué zěnme xiě Hànzì
we want to learn how to write Chinese characters very much
Grammar 4: Compare Adverbs 非常 vs. 很 in Chinese · HSK 1
Literally, hěn 很 can be translated as "very; quite; pretty", while fēicháng 非常 can be translated as "unusually; extraordinarily".
However, when we compare the degree of emphasis among 很, 非常 and their English literal translation, the chart below is more realistic.
|DEGREE OF EMPHASIS|