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English: Here Chinese: nee doh Literally: this place
English: There Chinese: goh doh Literally: that place
English: To be located Chinese: hie
English: It's here Chinese: hie nee do Literally: located this place
English: Is it here? Chinese: hie-hm-hie hie nee doh ah Literally: it is-not-is located here +?
English: It's over there Chinese: hie goh doh Literally: located that place
English: He is over there Chinese: keui hie goh doh Literally: he located that place
English: She is at my place Chinese: keui hie ngoh doh Literally: she located my place
English: Which Chinese: been
English: Which person Chinese: been goh yan ah Literally: (same)
The word placed between which
and person in the last phrase is a measure word, similar to a
or an in English. We'll discuss measure words later.
English: Where Chinese: been doh Literally: which place
English: Where are we? (e.g. useful when on a train/bus trip) Chinese: nee-doh hie been doh ah Literally:
here is where / here located which place +?
English: Where is it? Chinese: hie been doh ah Literally: located which place +?
English: You going where Chinese: nay houe been doh ah Literally: you going where +?
English: Where are you from? Chinese: nay hie been doh yan ah Literally: you are which place person +?
English: Where is he? Chinese: keui hie been doh ah Literally: he located where +?
English: Friend Chinese: pung yau
Where is your friend?
Chinese: nay pung yau hie been doh ah Literally: you friend located where +?
English: Your friend is here Chinese: nay pung yau hie nee doh Literally: your friend located here
English: Your friend is there Chinese: nay dee pung-yau hie goh doh Literally: your friends located there
In this phrase, the word after
you is a measure word that comes before uncounted plural or uncountable
nouns. We'll discuss measure words soon.