Translation:What transportation can we use to go to the hospital?
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Wow...this sentence really highlights how different a language Chinese is from English. When I first started learning Chinese, I initially had the sense of it being more similar to English...at least, superficially, it's much more similar than a lot of other languages like Japanese or Turkish, because simple sentences have SVO word order...but...this sentence I'm like, wow, it is structured really differently and I have a lot of learning to do in order to really get it on a deep level.
I find this fascinating.
I also thought this was a great sentence in terms of level of difficulty and complexity. I've complained in the past about the level of difficulty being inconsistent in the Chinese course, i.e. not ramping up gradually, but this sentence seems to be one of those more complex ones that is just at the right level that it stretches my brain and gets me to think, but without me feeling overwhelmed.
If I had to translate this directly, I would probably translate it as “What kind of transportation can we take to go to the hospital?”, but it doesn’t work. Reported Tuesday January 25, 2022.
Also, I would highly advise the course contributors to change the Chinese sentence to “我们可以坐什么车去医院？” (wǒ men kě yǐ zuò shén me chē qù yī yuàn？), as that would make more sense. (我们可以坐什么车去医院？is translated as “What vehicle can we take to go to the hospital”) Usually, I think this sentence would be used if you were sick and wanted some medicine from the doctor, not like if you were bleeding so hard, you needed immediate medical attention. I think you or your family would call an ambulance if that happened to you, which means that your family would not be discussing how to go to the hospital.
I do not think that using use would be very good in the translation. Instead, I think they should change it to take.
Basically, I think that the Chinese sentence, “我们可以坐什么去医院？”(wǒ men kě yǐ zuò shén me chē qù yī yuàn？), as well as the English sentence, “What transportation can we use to go to the hospital”, are pretty bad and should not be used.