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How to express the season and what you like about it

In this video,you can learn how to express the season and the reason why you like the season
Li Hui: Amy, jīntiān tiānqì hěn hǎo,bú tài lěng.
Li yameng: Duì,jīntiān 15 20 dù,hěn nuǎnhuo.Wǒ hěn xǐhuan chūntiān.
Li Hui: Wǒ yě hěn xǐhuan chūntiān. Can you guess what “chūntiān” means here? Now, the season is “chūntiān”.
Li yameng: So let’s take a look at this slide about the season.
Li Hui: chūntiān, xiàtiān, qiūtiān, dōngtiān. Wǒ hěn xǐhuan chūntiān.
“Xǐhuan” means “to like”. Try to read these questions and answer them by yourselves.
Li yameng: Lydia, nǐ xǐhuan chūntiān ma?
Li Hui: Wǒ bú tài xǐhuan chūntiān.
Li yameng: Nǐ xǐhuan nǎ gè jìjié?
Li Hui: Wǒ xǐhuan xiàtiān.
Li yameng: Do you remember the meaning of the word “nǎ”? In the sentence, “Nǐ shì nǎ guó rén”, it means which. Here, “Nǐ xǐhuan nǎgè jìjié” means “which season do you like”. So you might be able to figure out the meaning of “jìjié”. “Jìjié” means “season”. Lydia, we have learned a lot of countries’ names like “Yīngguó”,”Měigu ó”,”Rìběn”,”Hánguó”.Nǐ xǐhuan nǎ gè guójiā?
Li Hui: Wǒ xǐhuan “Bōlán”.
I’ve been there as a Chinese teacher for a year, so I feel connected with the country Poland. Amy, nǐ xǐhuan nǎ gè guójiā?
Li yameng: Wǒ xǐhuan Rìběn, tèbié shì chūntiān de Rìběn.
Li Hui: Nǐ wèishénme xǐhuan chūntiān de Rìběn?
Li yameng:Yīnwèi chūntiān de Rìběn hěn měi.
“Wèishénme” means why. It can be put in front of or after the subject. For example, “Nǐ wèishénme xǐhuan chūntiān de Rìběn?”,” Wèishénme nǐ xǐhuan chūntiān de Rìběn?
When you answer the question, you can start a sentence with “yīnwèi”. For example, yīnwèi chūntiān de Rìběn hěn měi.
Please complete the sentences.
Nǐ wèishénme xǐhuan xiàtiān?
Li Hui: Yīnwèi wǒ kěyǐ chī bīngqílín,hái kěyǐ chuān qúnzi. Amy,nǐ wèishénme xǐhuan chūntiān?
Li yameng:Yīnwèi chūntiān bù lěng yě bú rè.
Li Hui: In most of China, there are four seasons. But there are some cities that are well known for being warm in the whole year. Tèbié shì Kūnmíng. In Chinese, we use a phrase to describe the climate in Kunming. That is “sìjìrúchūn”.
In this lesson, we learned about the seasons. chūntiān,xiàtiān ,qiūtiān,dōngtiān
Li yameng:Nǐ xǐhuan nǎgè jìjié?Nǐ wèishénme xǐhuan zhège jìjié? If you can answer the two questions, it means your Chinese is improving now.

China has four seasons in a year. These four seasons are


  • 春天(chūntiān) spring
  • 夏天(xiàtiān) summer
  • 秋天(qiūtiān) fall, autumn
  • 冬天(dōngtiān) winter

If you would like to know which season your friend likes, you can ask

你喜欢哪个季节? (Nǐxǐhuan nǎge jìjié?) Which season do you like?

“季节(jìjié)” means “season”. “个(gè)” is the most common measure word in Chinese.

The answer of this question is pretty simple.

You just need to put the season you like after “我喜欢(wǒ xǐhuan)”.
For instance, “我喜欢春天。(Wǒ xǐhuan chūntiān.)”

If you are curious about why your friend likes spring, you can ask
你为什么喜欢春天? (Nǐ wèishénme xǐhuan chūntiān?)
Why do you like spring?

“为什么(wèishénme)” means “why”. When we answer this question, we start the sentence with “因为(yīnwèi)……”

因为天气不冷也不热。(Yīnwèi tiānqì bù lěng yě bú rè.)
Because the weather is neither cold nor hot.

Here is a challenging question for you.

Do you know how to say how many seasons there are in a year in Chinese?

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