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Level 2 Lesson 7.1 – Would It Be ¥1000?

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How to Say Will in Chinese | Hundred and Thousand in Chinese

In this video lesson we'll learn how to say will in Chinese and how to say hundred and thousand in Chinese. We will also learn how to use currency measurement units yuan jiao fen in Chinese and some useful weight measurement units in Chinese.

  • will in Chinese with 会
  • hundred and thousand in Chinese: 百  千
  • currency measurement units yuan jiao fen in Chinese: 元  角  分
  • weight measurement units in Chinese: 公斤  斤

VOCABULARY


GRAMMAR


Grammar 1: Will Do in Chinese with 会 · HSK 2

We can use the Modal Verb 会 to say someone will do something/would do something in Chinese. Since the Chinese language does not have the concept of "tense", 会 can be used for events in the past, present and future.

Subject 会 + Predicate (+ Object)

The Predicate here can either be a Verb (Phrase) or an Adjective (Phrase).

For example,

(1) Verb (Phrase) as the Predicate

  • jīnglǐ jīntiān huì gěi wǒmen kāi huì
    经理今天会给我们开会。
    (the) manager will hold (the) meeting for us today
  • nǐ juéde tā huì bù zhīdào ma
    你觉得他会不知道吗?
    (do) you think he would not know

(2) Adjective (Phrase) as the Predicate

  • jīnnián de shí'èr yuè tài lěng le, yī yuè huì gèng lěng
    今年的十二月太冷了,一月会更冷。
    this year's December (is) too cold, January will (be)  colder
  • kělè suīrán hǎohē, dànshì měitiān hē kělè huì bú jiànkāng
    可乐虽然好喝,但是每天喝可乐会不健康。
    though cola (is) tasty, but every day drinking cola will (be) unhealthy

When we want to say a Negative Sentence that suggests "will not do...", we put the Negative Word 不 before 会. We do not put Negative Word 没 before 会, so we cannot say "*没会".

Subject 不会 + Predicate (+ Object)

For example,

  • nǐ bié wèn le, wǒ bú huì gàosu nǐ
    你别问了,我不会告诉你。
    you don't ask, I will not tell you
  • méiguānxi, nǐ qù ba! tā bú huì bù gāoxìng
    没关系,你去吧!他不会不高兴。
    it's okay, you (should) go! he will not be unhappy

 

Grammar 2: Hundred and Thousand in Chinese: 百  千 · HSK 2

We use 百 and 千 to say hundred  and thousand in Chinese. If we want to say 200 or 2000, we can put both 二 and 两 before 百 and 千, 两 is more commonly used though.

  • èr bǎi / liǎng bǎi
    二百 / 两百
    two hundred
  • èr qiān / liǎng qiān
    二千 / 两千
    two thousand

For numbers with hundred and thousand in Chinese, we say them in this format:

number 千 +number  + number  + number

For example,

  • sān bǎi 'èr shí yī
    三百二十一
    321
  • qī qiān liù bǎi wǔ shí sì
    七千六百五十四
    7654

If the last digit is zero, we don't have to say it. For example

  • sān bǎi 'èr shí
    三百二十
    320
  • qī qiān liù bǎi wǔ shí
    七千六百五十
    7650

However, if there is "zero" in between the first and the last digit, we have to say zero 零.

  • sān bǎi  líng 'èr
    三百
    302
  • qī qiān líng wǔ shí
    七千五十
    7050
  • qī qiān liù bǎi líng wǔ
    七千六百
    7605

If there are two "zero" together in between the first and the last digit, we only say zero 零 once.

  • qī qiān líng wǔ
    七千
    7005

 

Grammar 3: Currency Measurement Units Yuan Jiao Fen in Chinese · HSK 2

In our Day-1 Beginner Course we learned kuài 块 as the Measurement Unit for Chinese dollar, we can also use 元. 元 and 块 are interchangeable when saying prices in Chinese. We also have jiǎo 角, 10 cents, and fēn 分, cent.

Though 角 and 分 are not commonly used in daily life anymore, 元、角、分, yuan jiao fen are still the three basic currency measurement units in China.

When saying prices, we follow this structure:

number 元/块 +number  + number 

  • shí yuán(kuài) jiǔ jiǎo jiǔ fēn
    十元(块)九角九分
    ¥10.99
  • liù yuán(kuài) sì jiǎo 'èr fēn
    六元(块)四角二分
    ¥6.42

If the number for 角 happens to be zero, we need to say 零.

  • bā yuán(kuài) líng bā fēn
    八元(块)零八分
    ¥8.08
  • qī yuán(kuài) líng yī fēn
    七元(块)零一分
    ¥7.01

 

Grammar 4: Weight Measurement Units in Chinese · HSK 2

jīn 斤 used to be the most popular Weight Measurement Unit in Chinese, liǎng 两 is 1/10 of 斤. And nowadays, gōngjīn 公斤 is well used as well.

Weight Measurement Unit in Chinese
1 kg 500 g 50 g
gōngjīn
公斤
jīn
liǎng

公斤 is publicly accepted as the default Weight Measurement Unit, it is used in supermarket, shopping centers and business. 斤 and 两 are more traditional, and are more likely to be used in food/fruit stands and small restaurants.

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