It’s fun to listen to non-native speakers speak English. But if you pay attention to the mistakes they make, you might find interesting rules from those mistakes and learn a lot about their mother tongues.
Today, we’re going to talk about some very typical Chinglish sentences, explain the reasons and find the Chinese grammar rules & speaking habits from these mistakes.
- Waiter, I want …… 服务员，我要……
It’s not rude to call the waiter/waitress and order food by saying “I want ……” in Chinese
- Fighting! 加油
Chinese people say jiayou a lot to cheer someone up, but a lot of people thought “fighting” is the correct translation in English from Korean TV shows
- I very like dogs 我很喜欢/我非常喜欢
Yes, you can put very(很/非常) in front of some verbs like 喜欢/不喜欢/讨厌/爱……
- You want to play together with me? 你想跟我一起玩吗？
The word play(玩) could means to hang out or to travel in many situations in Chinese
- This is my Girl friend, he is …… 这是我的女朋友，她是……
He/she/it in Chinese have the same pronunciation ta. That’s why a lot of Chinese people find it difficult to think of the gender when talking
- It has small rain outside 外面下小雨了
Small rain(小雨) in Chinese means drizzling
- I closed my phone 我把手机关了
To close(关) in Chinese also means to turn off
- Are you convenient? 你方便吗？
“你方便吗？”actually means is it convenient for you
- Drink hot water is good for your body 喝热水对你的身体好
Body(身体) in Chinese also means health.
- The school has a lot of students 学校有很多学生
Have(有) in Chinese also means there are/is.
- Give you 给你
给你actually means here you are
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