Lesson three Shopping (part one)

Week two 给我换一个,行吗

Learn the following sentence

Gĕi wǒ huàn      yí ge, xíng ma?
For me change one,   OK ma?

Play Media  Could you please change another one for me?

New words


Play Media   for, to. It is used a co-verb in sentences. Most co-verbs in Chinese are verbs. The original meaning of the verb gĕi is to give. The Chinese word order is based on the sequence of event. The word order for the above sentence is to intend for me, (you) change another one. As you can see the intention goes before the action of changing. Here is another example of a sentence with the co-verb zài to be in zài jiā chīfàn eat at

home. The word order for that sentence is to be at home have meal. The action of to  be at home happens before having the meal.

Huàn      Play Media   

to change, exchange.

Xíng Play Media   

OK. It is similar to the usage of hăo: women chī zhōngguó fàn hăo ma, or women chī zhōngguó fàn xíng ma Should we eat Chinese food? The short positive answer should be hăo or xíng. The negative answer should be bù hăo or xíng.

Supplementary words

Yīfu Play Media clothes
Kùzi Play Media trousers
Xié Play Media shoes


The measure words for yīfu is jiàn, for kùzi is tiáo, and for xié is shuāng. A measure word is used when specifying quantifying an object. For example sān jiàn yīfu three tops  zhè shuāng xié this pair of shoes.

Use the word-order-table to say the following sentences in Chinese.

Say the following sentences in Chinese. What are you cooking for her? What are you going to give him to eat? What are you going to give him to drink? Please bring me another cup (change another cup for me.)

Word order
subject (nouns and pronouns) co-v phrases verbs object (nouns and pronouns)
   I gĕi tā  for him/her  zòu to cook


shénme   what    you gĕi tā  for him/her  hē to drink      he, she gĕi tā  for him/her  chī to eat      gĕi wǒ  for me  huàn  to change bēizi cup

You can bring a topic at the beginning of a sentence and make a comment afterwards. For example, wǒ fàn chī de tài duō le I have eaten too much rice. fàn  rice is the topic and chī de tài duō le eaten too much is the comment on rice.


Listening to the following sentences by clicking on the following links. Hover the mouse over "Answer" to view the answers.

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Now you should be able to say the following sentences in Chinese

Could you please buy me a glass of orange juice? Play Media
If you have bought it, you can't change it. Play Media
What do you want to change? Play Media
I would like to buy a top. Play Media
This pair of shoes are very nice looking. Play Media
Change another pair of trousers. Play Media
I'll give you a pair of new shoes. Play Media
Who are you buying the clothes for?. Play Media
I don't buy the clothes for you. Play Media