"Do you like reading?"
To everyone confused by the 看書 part (I'm using traditional characters):
Certain Chinese verbs need a default object when you don't have a specific one.
To eat is 吃飯 (to eat + rice), to read is 看書 (to read + book), to sing is 唱歌 (to sing + song), to drive is 開車 (to drive + car), etc. It doesn't necessarily mean you're eating rice, or reading a book, it's just how you use the verb without an object.
So how would someone know what you're actually trying to say? (Am I just eating or am I eating rice? Am I just reading or am I reading a book? We may never know); things like this are making it so much more difficult to learn chinese.
书 is "book" and 看 is "read", so why do i need shū here??? the eng. translation should say 'do you like reading/to read books?', as that's clearer and i've never had to say "看书" to just say "read"
I'm not a native speaker, but I think it's about the fact that 看 sounds weird in this context without an object. It may also be relevant that 看 can mean "look" as well as "read", so 看书 specifies that the meaning of 看 is "read" in this instance.
I noticed something happens to the syllables ending on -n when followed by another syllable:
看书 - kan shu «kaishu» 男人 - nan ren «nairen»
can any 中国人 help?
I've noticed this as well. It sounds to me like syllable-final "-n" gets nasalized. If this is correct, then this nasalized consonant after the vowel can create the illusion that a diphthong ending in "-i" is being spoken instead of a consonant (hence /kan/ → /kai/), but it's not actually pronounced this way if you listen very closely; the nasal just tends to alter the colour of the preceding vowel a little bit.
I also noticed that often in the app and as well when chinese people speak. However, when i ask them for why they would pronounce it this way, they seem either not aware of it or deny it.
this is common to all languages. English speakers often think they pronounce the "g" in the word "singer" and they don't realize that they have two different "th" sounds in "this" and "think" and some may deny it.
This exercise is wrong. Because the english sentence says "he likes to read". No "he likes to read books". He could like to read anything, and the action is kan, not "kan shu"
♠ ☠ What if I like to read the Obituaries? (Book is not translated but it is assumed).