Using Chinese Aspect

Using Chinese Aspect

Wrapping your head around “tense” vs “aspect” isn’t easy. And this lesson contains just a handful of the most common aspect markers. However, if you manage to wrap your mind around these examples, subsequent lessons will be much easier.

The first one in the list makes me cringe, because he is mapping Chinese aspect into English tense. But, I think it is useful to give a better view of the big picture

Chinese “tenses” overview
了: completed action
了: change of state

These aren’t just random videos … I watched dozens to select 3 that will help you succeed at tones. Unfortunately, some of the examples use words we haven’t heard yet, but shouldn’t be too confusing because they provide both spoken and written translations.

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