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Learning Chinese compared to learning another foreign language can be much more difficult.  In general learning any foreign language is comparatively difficult.  But let’s stop comparing and focus on this lesson concerning comparison.   Shall we begin?  Be sure to listen to our Chinese podcast and if you haven’t yet, subscribe to our Chinese itunes podcast and leave a comment. If you liked this lesson please take a moment to like us on facebook

Key Vocabulary Level 2 Lesson 2

法语 fǎyǔ French
比较 bǐjiào comparatively
gèng much more
容易 róngyì easy
有名 yǒumíng famous
价格 jiàgé price
商店 shàngdiàn store
退货 tuìhuò returns (on goods)
吓一跳 xià yí tiào scared, to frighten
欧洲 ōuzhōu Europe
夜里 yèlǐ at night
好莱坞 hǎoláiwū Hollywood
tián sweet

Key Phrases

今天比昨天冷 jīntiān bǐ zuótiān lěng Today is colder than yesterday
今年夏天比去年夏天热 jīnnián xiàtiān bǐ qùnián xiàtiān rè This summer is hotter than last summer
我姐姐比我哥哥大 wǒ jiějie bǐ wǒ gēge dà My older sister is older than my older brother
苹果派比苹果贵 píngguǒpài bǐ píngguǒ guì Apple pie is more expensive than apple
苹果派比苹果好吃 píngguǒpài bǐ píngguǒ hǎochī Apple pie is more delicious than apple
苹果派比苹果甜 píngguǒpài bǐ píngguǒ tián Apple pie is sweeter than apple
这周比上周忙 zhè zhōu bǐ shàngzhōu máng This week is busier than last week
纽约比波士顿人多 niǔyuē bǐ bōshìdùn rén duō New York is more populated ban Boston
读书比上网有意思 dúshū bǐ shàngwǎng yǒuyìsi Reading books is more fun than surfing online
法语比中文难 fǎyǔ bǐ zhōngwén nán French is more difficult than Chinese
今天公园人更多 jīntiān gōngyuán rén gèngduō Today the park is more crowded
我在家更无聊 wǒ zài jiā gèng wúliáo Me staying at home is more boring
我喜欢游泳,更喜欢打篮球 wǒ xǐhuān yóuyǒng, gèng xǐhuān dǎ lánqiú I like swimming, I like playing basketball more
比较大 bǐjiào dà comparatively big
夜里风比较大 yèlǐ fēng bǐjiào dà it is more windy at night
去欧洲比较远 qù ōuzhōu bǐjiào yuǎn Going to Europe is comparatively far
自己学中文比较不容易 zìjǐ xué zhōngwén bǐjiào bù róngyì It is comparatively difficult to learn Chinese by yourself.
好莱坞比较有名 hǎoláiwū bǐjiào yǒumíng Hollywood is comparatively famous
上网买东西比较方便 shàngwǎng mǎi dōngxi bǐjiào fāngbiàn It is more convenient to shop online

Dialogue

你在做什么? nǐ zài zuò shénme What are you doing now?
在网上买东西。 zài wǎngshàng mǎi dōngxi (I’m)online buying things
你买什么? nǐ mǎi shénme What you buying?
买电脑 mǎi diànnǎo Buying a computer
为什么在网上买, 你不喜欢去商店? wèi shénme zài wǎngshàng mǎi, nǐ bù xǐhuān qù shāngdiàn Why you buying online, you don’t like going to a store?
商店比较远,我更喜欢上网买 shāngdiàn bǐjiào yuǎn, wǒ gèng xǐhuān shàngwǎng mǎi The Store is kind of far, like buying online more
价格呢? jiàgé ne (How’s the) price?
商店比网上贵 shàngdiàn bǐ wǎngshàng guì The store is comparatively more expensive than online
贵多少 guì duōshǎo How much more expensive?
贵一百块 guì yībǎi kuài (more) expensive by 100 dollars.
网上买东西方便吗? wǎngshàng mǎi dōngxi fāngbiàn ma Online shopping convenient?
比商店更方便。 bǐ shāngdiàn gèng fāngbiàn Compared to (shopping) at a store more convenient
退货呢? tuìhuò ne (What about) returns?
退货也比较方便。 tuìhuò yě bǐjiào fāngbiàn Returns are also comparatively convenient

Flashcards for your review

Chinese Character – English

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Chinese Character – Pinyin

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In the comments bellow practice making a sentence or two in Chinese using any of the following:

1. Try using any of the verbs or nouns we learned to make a sentence.

2. How do you compare your present job to your previous one?

Animated Stroke Order Just highlight and copy the character, paste in the small box bellow and press enter to see the stroke order. Use the whiteboard to better familiarize with Chinese characters.