Want to keep learning?

This content is taken from the National Chiao Tung University's online course, Fall in Love With Mandarin. Join the course to learn more.

Skip to 0 minutes and 17 seconds In the eastern culture no matter new friends or old friends often ask about your family member as a way of greeting This may be very different from the west but when you come to Taiwan, you may get asked this question sometimes How many member do you have in your family? or Do you have siblings? In Chinese we say

Skip to 0 minutes and 46 seconds 你家(nǐ jiā)means your family 有(yǒu)is to have 幾(jǐ)how many 個(ge)measure word for person 人(rén)is person or people Now put those words together 你家有幾個人(Nǐ jiā yǒu jǐ ge rén) your family has how many people Think in English It means How many people do you have in your family? You’ve learned a new question word 幾(jǐ) means how many Now how do you answer this question Once again just replace the question word you will have an answer for yourself 你家有幾個人(Nǐ jiā yǒu jǐ ge rén) My family has 4 members.

Skip to 1 minute and 26 seconds So 我家有四個人(Wǒ jiā yǒu sì ge rén) You may also add further information for this answer For example 我家有爸爸(Wǒ jiā yǒu bàba) 媽媽(māma) 哥哥(gēge) 還有我(hái yǒu wǒ) 我家有爸爸 媽媽 哥哥 還有我 (Wǒ jiā yǒu bàba, māma, gēge hái yǒu wǒ)

Family member

In the eastern culture, no matter new friends or old friends often ask about your family members as a way of greeting. This may be very different from the west, but when you come to Taiwan, you may get asked this question sometimes.

Share this video:

This video is from the free online course:

Fall in Love With Mandarin

National Chiao Tung University