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Lesson 1

Video and text
Listening and speaking
Grammar exercises
Multiple choice


Questioning image Question: Your friend has asked you out this evening, but you have got too much work. Tell her that you are really busy and you cannot (不 能) go out with her.

Hint 1 Hint 1   是 is not used
Hint 2 Hint 2   好 can be used like 很 very/really before a stative verb, as in 好 忙: really busy.
Comments Answer  我 好 忙, 不 能 去 。 Listen
Comments Comments  Alternatively: 我 很 忙, 不 能 去
wŏ hěn máng, bù néng qù. If 好 hăo is followed by other stative verbs in colloquial Chinese it means really. 好 hăo can also follow a verb to imply the outcome of an action. (Also see Lesson 8) In this usage 好 hăo implies perfection or completion of an action, 作 好 饭了 zuò hăo fàn le finished cooking.
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