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In this dialog two friends are discussing their plans to see a movie

NamePinyinChineseEnglish equivalent
ANǐ míngtiān qù kàn diànyǐng ma?你明天去看电影吗?Are you going to watch a movie tomorrow?
BQù, nǐ ne?去,你呢?Yes, and you?
AWó yě qù. Nǐ zěnme qù ne?我也去。你怎么去呢?Yes, me too. How will you get there?
BWó dǎsuàn zǒulù qù, ní xiǎng yìqǐ qù ma?我打算走路去,你想一起去吗?I plan to walk. Lets walk together.
ADiànyǐngyuàn tài yuǎn le。 Wǒmen qí zìxíngchē qù ba.电影院太远了,我们骑自行车去吧。The movie theater is too far. Lets ride bikes.
BXíng. Mǎkè ne?行。马克呢?Okay. What about Mark?
AMǎkè yào kāi chē qù. Tā zài nàlǐ gēn wǒmen jiànmiàn.马克要开车去。他在那里跟我们见面。Mark plans to drive. He will meet us there.
BHǎo, míngtiān jiàn.好,明天见。Okay, see you tomorrow.
ABú jiàn bú sàn.不见不散。Be sure to wait for me. (Idiom)

Vocabulary

PinyinChineseEnglishNotes
diànyǐng电影movienoun
dǎsuàn打算to planverb
zǒulù走路to walkverb
yuànpublic placesuffix, example yìyuàn (医院) means hospital
yuǎnfaradjective。
rideverb, like ride a horse or ride a bike
zìxíngchē自行车bikenoun, Note: zì is “yourself” and xíng is “move” so zìxíng means personally powered
xíngokayadjective
kāidriveverb
chēcarnoun
jiànmiàn见面to meetverb
bú jiàn bú sàn不见不散 idiom/expression “Wait for me there”

Grammar Patterns

Going to do something

In order to express going to do something you can use the pattern [time] [directional verb] [activity].

TimeDirectionalActivity
Wǎnshangkàn diànyìng
míngtiānláichī jiǎozi
zuótiānzhǎo péngyou

 

How to get there

In order to ask how someone traveled from one place to another use “Nǐ zěnme qù ne?”

The answer will be be a method of travel, here are some examples …

PinyinChineseEnglish
Zǒulù走路Walk
Qí mǎ骑马Ride a horse
Qí zìxíngchē骑自行车Ride a bicycle
Kāichē开车Drive a car
Zuò chē坐车Ride in a car
Zuò huǒchē坐火车Ride in a train
Zuò fēijī坐飞机Ride in a bus

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