Páshān

Páshān

The literal translation of 爬山 (páshān) is “mountain climbing”, but, in common usage, it refers hiking in a primitive natural area. Check out the simple dialog below.

Grammar notes: Unlike English, Chinese sentences do not use tense, instead they use “aspect markers”. Which are fairly simple, but take some getting used to. Both of the sentences use the “completed action” aspect marker: 了(le). It is similar to adding an “ed” to an English verb. This type of 了(le) can be directly after the verb or at the end of the sentence without changing the meaning.

 

Conversation

PinyinEnglish
Nǐ zhōumò gàn shénme le?你周末干什么了?
Wǒ qù páshān le.我去爬山了。

 

Vocabulary

ChineseEnglish
you
zhōumò周末weekend
shénme什么what
gàn..le干..了did (completed action)
I
qù..le去..了went (completed action)
páshān爬山hiking
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