Lesson 16 我喜欢运动
Sports Vocabulary in Mandarin Chinese
“打” 和 “踢” 语法 Grammar
Nǐ xǐhuan shénme yùndòng?
What’s your favorite sport?
Wǒ xǐhuan tī zúqiú, hái xǐhuan dǎ lánqiú.
I like playing football and basketball.
你喜欢什么 (Nǐ xǐhuan shénme) attached to the name of a hobby is a very commonly used sentence structure to ask about someone’s hobbies. For example, “你喜欢什么电影？(Nǐ xǐhuan shénme diànyǐng?)”, which means, “What kind of films do you like?” In fact, you can put any kind of noun here. For example: “你喜欢什么水果？(Nǐ xǐhuan shénme shuǐguǒ?)” means “Which fruits do you like?” or “What kind of fruit do you like?”
If you don’t want to be too specific, you can put the question like this: “你喜欢做什么? (Nǐ xǐhuan zuò shénme?),” meaning, “What do you like to do?” The person has the freedom to talk about anything they like.
Another language point in the above conversation is the use of 踢 (tī) and 打 (dǎ). In English, you say “play football” and “play basketball,” but in Chinese it is 踢足球 (tī zúqiú) and 打篮球 (dǎ lánqiú). Usually, the sports you play with your feet use the verb 踢 (tī), and sports you play with your hands use 打 (dǎ), such as: 打羽毛球 (dǎ yǔmáoqiú), “to play badminton, ” or 打网球 (dǎ wǎngqiú), “to play tennis.”
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