hinese Grammar Myths

Two fallacies of Chinese language learning ably destroyed by John Pasden via Hackingchinese.com.

“1. “Chinese doesn’t have grammar.” OK, this is just silly. If there are no rules for how to string Chinese words together, then you could never be wrong, right? Although that sounds nice, it’s just not possible.

2. “Chinese word order is just like English word order.” While it’s true that there are some basic similarities, and you can easily find examples like “I love you” that match word for word, it’s not hard to disprove this. Even basic words like 也 (yě) will constantly trip you up if you don’t use them the Chinese way.”

http://www.hackingchinese.com/how-to-approach-chinese-grammar/

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