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Language points and dialogue 1

People often talk about our daily habits in interpersonal communication. Today we will start with the daily routine expressions.

Language points

Questions using “是不是”

If you want to raise a question and is somehow certain about the fact or situation, question using “是不是”is often used.

你 喜欢 运动 吗?Nǐ xǐhuan yùndòng ma?

Do you like sports?

你 是 不 是 喜欢 运动?Nǐ shì bu shì xǐhuan yùndòng?

You like sports, don’t you?

今天 我们 有 汉语 课 吗?Jīntiān wǒmen yǒu Hànyǔ kè ma?

Do we have Chinese class today?

是 不 是 今天 我们 有 汉语 课?Shì bu shì jīntiān wǒmen yǒu Hànyǔ kè?

We have Chinese class today, don’t we?

我们 九 月 去 北京 吗?Wǒmen jiǔ yuè qù Běijīng ma?

Will we go to Beijing on September?

我们 九 月 去 北京, 是 不 是?Wǒmen jiǔ yuè qù Běijīng, shì bu shì?

We will go to Beijing on September, won’t we?

Pay attention “吗”and “是不是” cannot be used together in one sentence.

Dialogue 1

A: 你 很 少 生 病, 是 不 是 喜欢 运动?Nǐ hěn shǎo shēng bìng, shì bu shì xǐhuan yùndòng?

You seldom get sick. I guess you like doing sports, don’t you?

B: 是 啊,我 每 天 早上 都 要 出去 跑 步。Shì a, wǒ měi tiān zǎoshang dōu yào chūqu pǎo bù.

Yes. I go out for a joh every morning.

A: 你 每 天 几 点 起 床?Nǐ měi tiān jǐ diǎn qǐ chuáng?

What time do you get up?

B: 我 每 天 六 点 起 床。Wǒ měi tiān liù diǎn qǐ chuáng.

I get up at six every day.

Let’s try to read it again just in Characters.

A: 你很少生病,是不是喜欢运动?

B: 是啊,我每天早上都要出去跑步。

A: 你每天几点起床?

B: 我每天六点起床。

If you were B, try to retell the main idea of this dialogue.

“我喜欢运动,每天早上都要出去跑步。我每天六点起床。”

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