Imperative

Chinese Lesson 16 (Imperative and Places)

Duration: 30 mins

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This 16th lesson teaches the Chinese imperative form. In addition you will find a vocabulary list about places and household objects. I will try to give examples using both vocabulary and grammar. That way it will be easy for you to see the words when they are separate and when they are in a sentence. Going through the whole page should take about 30 min. Make sure to read the pronunciation and hear the audio as well. If you have any question about this course, please email me directly at Chinese Classes.

Imperative

Knowing the imperative form in Chinese is a powerful skill. It can make it easy to ask someone to do something, and clarify what you want done.

Below is a list of 20 imperative forms and expressions that you might come across or use very often. The table contains 3 columns (English, Chinese, and Audio). Make sure you repeat each word after hearing it by either clicking on the audio button or by reading the pronunciation. That should help with memorization as well as improving your pronunciation.

The Imperative in Chinese

Imperative Chinese Audio
Go!走!
zǒu!
Stop!停!
Tíng!
Don't Go!不要走!
Bùyào zǒu!
Stay!留下!
Liú xià!
Leave!离开!
Líkāi!
Come here!来这里!
Lái zhèlǐ!
Go there!去那儿!
Qù nà'er!
Enter (the room)!进来
Jìnlái
Speak!说话!
shuōhuà!
Be quiet!安静!
Ānjìng!
Turn right右转
Yòu zhuǎn
Turn left左转
zuǒ zhuǎn
Go straight直走。
zhí zǒu.
Wait!等!
Děng!
Let's go!我们走吧!
Wǒmen zǒu ba!
Be careful!小心!
Xiǎoxīn!
Sit down!坐下!
Zuò xià!
Let me show you!让我看到你
Ràng wǒ kàn dào nǐ
Listen!听着
tīngzhe
Write it down!写下来!
xiě xiàlái!

Questions?

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Vocabulary List about Places

Below is a list of 20 words about different places. Useful when talking about going somewhere.

Places in Chinese

Places Chinese Audio
Bank银行
Yínháng
Beach海滩
hǎitān
Desert沙漠
shāmò
Earth地球
dìqiú
Forest森林
sēnlín
Garden花园
huāyuán
Hospital医院
yīyuàn
Island
dǎo
Lake
Moon月亮
yuèliàng
Mountain
shān
River河流
héliú
Sea
hǎi
Sky天空
tiānkōng
Stars星星
xīngxīng
Sun太陽
tàiyáng
I can see the stars我看得到星星。
wǒ kàn dédào xīngxīng.
I want to go to the beach我想要去海滨。
Wǒ xiǎng yào qù hǎibīn.
The moon is full tonight今天晚上的月亮满月。
Jīntiān wǎnshàng de yuèliàng mǎnyuè.
This is a beautiful garden这是一场很美的公园。
Zhè shì yī chǎng hěn měide gōngyuán.

Vocabulary List about Household Terms

Below is a list of 26 words about different household terms, including rooms, kitchen appliances ... etc.

Places in Chinese

Household Chinese Audio
Bed
Chuáng
Bedroom卧室
wòshì
Carpet地毯
dìtǎn
Ceiling天花板
tiānhuābǎn
Chair椅子
yǐzi
Computer电脑
diànnǎo
Desk桌子
zhuōzi
Door
mén
Furniture家具
jiājù
House房子
fángzi
Kitchen厨房
chúfáng
Refrigerator冰箱
bīngxiāng
Roof屋顶
wūdǐng
Room房间
fángjiān
Stove炉子
lúzǐ
Table桌子
zhuōzi
Television电视
diànshì
Toilet厕所
cèsuǒ
Wall
qiáng
Window窗户
chuānghù

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Daily Conversation in Chinese

Finally, here are some common expressions used to offer good wishes to someone. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Chinese Phrases page. Enjoy!

Common Expressions in Chinese

English Chinese Audio
Can you close the door?你能开门吗?
nǐ néng kāimén ma?
Can you open the window?你能开窗户吗?
Nǐ néng kāi chuānghù ma?
I need to use the computer我好上电脑。
Wǒ hǎo shàng diànnǎo.
I need to use the toilet我要上厕所.
Wǒ yào shàng cèsuǒ.
I'm watching television我看电视。
Wǒ kàn diànshì.
This room is very big这间房间很大。
Zhè jiān fángjiān hěn dà.
Holiday Wishes节日祝福
Jiérì zhùfú
Good luck!祝你好运!
zhù nǐ hǎo yùn!
Happy birthday!生日快乐!
Shēngrì kuàilè!
Happy new year!新年快乐!
Xīnnián kuàilè!
Merry Christmas!圣诞节快乐!
Shèngdàn jié kuàilè!
Congratulations!恭喜!
Gōngxǐ!
Enjoy! (before eating)开动
Kāidòng
Bless you (when sneezing)请保重。
qǐng bǎozhòng.
Best wishes!祝福您!
Zhùfú nín!

Fun Facts

Language Quote: ❝Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going.❞ ‒Rita Mae Brown

Congratulations! You finished your 16th lesson in Chinese about the imperative form, places and household items. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Chinese Lesson 17. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Chinese homepage.

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