Simplified Chinese Version

 

For beginners, Ne and Ma probably are the first two question particles they will learn.

For “呢 ne”, we call it “bounce back questions.” This means that “呢” is used in a question responding to another question.

For “吗 ma”, we call it “yes/no questions.” This means that the “吗” question will be used when the answer is yes or no.

We also have several examples for each particle. Since “呢 ne” and “吗 ma” are quite different, most students are not easily confused by the two. However, lots of practice is still necessary. As a teacher, you can have students practice in pairs with conversing with these question two particles.

 

Use the “can-do” list to check if you learned this grammar.

Can-do checklist:

⃞    I understand when to use the question particle “呢 ne.”

⃞    I understand when to use the question particle “吗 ma.”

⃞    I can use both “呢 ne” and “吗 ma” correctly in sentences.

⃞    I can orally answer both “呢 ne” and “吗 ma” questions correctly in conversation.

⃞    I can answer both “呢 ne” and “吗 ma” questions correctly in written form.

 

Traditional Chinese Version

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