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Level 1 Lesson 4.1 – I Want To Buy Fruits, Is It OK?

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I Want To Do Something In Chinese | Is It Ok In Chinese

In this video lesson we'll learn how to say want to do something in Chinese and how to ask is it ok in Chinese.

  • To want to do something in Chinese: 我想……。
  • Do you want to do something in Chinese: 你想...吗?
  • 想 VS. 不想
  • Is it OK in Chinese: 好吗?
  • OK VS. Not OK: 好/好的 VS. 不行
  • Something is not for sale in Chinese: 不卖



Grammar 1: Want To Do Something in Chinese· HSK 1

STATEMENT - In Chinese, xiǎng 想 means "to think", "to miss (someone)", and it can also be used to express to want to do something in Chinese:

Subject + 想 + Verb ( + Object )

  • tā xiǎng zhù zài xuéxiào 
    She wants to live on campus.
  • tā xiǎng mǎi shuǐguǒ
    He wants to buy fruits.


QUESTION - To ask questions like "do you want to do something" in Chinese, we can use the yes/no Question Particle 吗 and use this structure:

Subject + Verb ( + Object ) + ?

  • tā xiǎng zhù zài xuéxiào ma
    Does she want to live on campus?
  • tā xiǎng mǎi shuǐguǒ ma 
    Does he want to buy fruit?


ANSWER - Answering yes or no with questions like "do you want to do something" is very easy. We can answer with full sentences:

Subject 想 …… 。 / Subject 不想 …… 。

  • wǒ xiǎng xué Yīngyǔ
    I want to learn English.
  • tā bùxiǎng mài Hànyǔshū
    He doesn't want to sell his Chinese book.

Or with short versions:

。 / 不想

  • xiǎng 想。 (Yes, I do) want to.
  • bùxiǎng 不想。 (No, I do) not want to.


Grammar 2: Is It OK in Chinese · HSK 1

QUESTION - There are a lot of different ways to ask is it ok in Chinese. Today we'll learn one of them:


  • wǒ xiǎng zhù zài nǐjiā, hǎoma
    I want to live in your house, (is it) OK?
  • tā xiǎng mǎi cháyè, hǎoma
    He wants to buy some (dry) tea leaves, (is it) OK?


Grammar 3: Something Is Not For Sale in Chinese · HSK 2

Something 不卖

  • zhèběn Hànyǔshū búmài
    这本汉语书不卖 This Chinese book is not for sale.
  • zhèbù shǒujī búmài
    This cellphone is not for sale.
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