"I am happy. How about you?"


November 16, 2017



Tips and notes

When we want to describe something we don’t use the verb “to be”, we have to put something else before an adjective. The most common word used to do this is 很 hěn, which literally means very. It goes between the subject (who or what we are describing) and the adjective (what we are describing it as). Since 很 is used so often like this, it oftentimes doesn’t mean “very”, just a link between a noun and an adjective.

*Pinyin in brackets is the actual pronunciation as a result of the change of tone.

Chinese ----- Pinyin ----- English

我很好。----- Wǒ hěn[hén]* hǎo. ----- I'm good.

你很高兴。----- Nǐ[ní] hěn gāoxìng. ----- You are happy.

The word for “also” or “too” is much less flexible in Chinese than in English. It must always come after the subject and before the verb.

Chinese ----- Pinyin ----- English

我也认识你。----- Wǒ[wó] yě rènshi nǐ. ----- I also know you. / I know you, too.

我也很高兴。----- Wǒ yě[yé] hěn gāoxìng. ----- I am happy, also. / I am also happy.

也 can also be used in the phrase "If X is... then Y is (also) ..." Here we don't need to use 很.

Chinese ----- Pinyin ----- English

你高兴,我也高兴. ----- nǐ gāoxìng, wǒ[wó] yě gāoxìng. ----- If you are happy then I am happy.

你很高兴,我也很高兴。----- nǐ[ní] hěn gāoxìng, wǒ yě[yé] hěn gāo xìng. ----- You are happy, I am also happy.

我高兴,他也高兴。----- wǒ gāo xìng, tā yě gāoxìng ----- If I am happy then he is happy.

November 22, 2017


Being able to hear the correct translation would be invaluable.

February 2, 2018



January 12, 2019


The sentence says "I am happy", not "I am VERY happy", "我高兴" should therefore also be a correct solution

November 16, 2017


Noun + 很 + Adj.

The noun in this structure is the subject of the sentence. Sometimes, 很 (hěn) in this structure is translated as "very," but often it is just a way to link a noun to an adjective.

November 22, 2017


Actually, 很 is like kind of like the am in terms of making it not sound normal and not be so weird. Proper Chinese people would use 很 instead of just 我高兴. The direct translation of 我高兴 is I happy.

June 27, 2018



December 6, 2017


How come 你呢 and not 呢你? just curious

April 15, 2018


I think it's closer to the more colloquial "I'm ____, you?" if that makes sense. 呢 is just letting the listener know what kind of question you are asking, like 妈, if I understand it correctly.

October 29, 2018


I'm confused every time

January 31, 2019


Im very confused

February 7, 2019


Anyone in 2019

February 7, 2019


I'm pretty confused about 很. It's said in the tips that 很 is used to connect the subject and the adjective. But in the comments it's often said that answer without 很 should also be correct. Will it be incorrect to ommit 很?

November 23, 2017


You should not make us do the same thing over again it should be like stories and i get things wrong because you keep repeating them over and it's making me kind of angy from times.

March 15, 2018


Please don't be angry x Learning by making mistakes is how we remember! From the time we are born... Good luck with this course x

April 18, 2018


You are right!

June 19, 2018


I agree - having things repeated is gradually helping me recognise the characters more easily. I can speak six European languages, but have only recently decided to learn Chinese because I didn't feel I had enough time to memorise a whole new character set. With a few minutes a day, this app is helping the patterns sink in. Don't get frustrated with the repetition - bear in mind that over time it will help you remember!

November 28, 2018


Could we please hear a full sentence after we have selected the characters? Sound would help me reinforce what I see for better recall. Thanks!

September 4, 2018


For the beginners is not easier to put the Pinyin to?

September 28, 2018



January 28, 2019



October 19, 2018


我高兴,你呢? Not sure why the 很 is needed as that's an adjective meaning "very"

November 2, 2018


It is hard

November 13, 2018


To me 'xing' when it is pronounced separately in the exercise, sounds as if it is first tone

December 20, 2018


Ni how

January 4, 2019


I dont know the chinese symbols though. How am i meant to do this?

January 28, 2019
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