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Question Words in Chinese With Worksheets and Infographic

Question Words in Chinese

In English, when you compare a statement sentence with a question sentence, you find that they have a different sentence order. Quesiotn words in Chinese is much simpler! You just place a question word in place of what you want to ask about. There is no need to rearrange the sentence!

We list the seven most common question words. These are,

What 什么 shénme

 

A: 你 喜欢 吃 什么? Nǐ xǐhuān chī shénme?

(A: What do you like to eat?)

B: 我 喜欢 吃 牛肉。 Wǒ xǐhuān chī niúròu.

(B: I like to eat beef.)

 

 

A: 她 在 做什么? Tā zài zuò shénme?

(A: What is she doing?)

B: 她 在 做功课。 Tā zài zuò gōngkè.

(B: She is doing homework.)

Where 哪里 nǎlǐ/哪儿

A: 你 周末 要 去 哪里? Nǐ zhōumò yào qù nǎlǐ?

(A: Where are you going on the weekend?)

B: 我 周末 要 去 我奶奶家。

(B: I am going to my grandma’s house.)

 

 

A: 你 住在 哪里? Nǐ zhù zài nǎlǐ?

(A: Where do you live?)

B: 我 住在 纽约市。Wǒ zhù zài niǔyuē shì.

(B: I live in New York City.)

Why 为什么 wèishéme

A: 你 为什么 不喜欢 喝茶? Nǐ wèishéme bù xǐhuān hē chá?

(A: Why don’t you like to drink tea?)

B: 因为 我觉得 茶 很苦。 Yīnwèi wǒ juédé chá hěn kǔ.

(B: Because I think tea is bitter.)

 

 

A: 为什么 她 不在家? Wèishéme tā bù zàijiā?

(A: Why is she not home?)

B: 因为 她 去 朋友家 吃饭 了。 Yīnwèi tā qù péngyǒu jiā chīfànle.

(B: Because she went to her friend’s house to have a meal.)

When 什么时候 shénme shíhòu

A: 你 什么时候 要 去 中国? Nǐ shénme shíhòu yào qù zhōngguó?

(A: When are you going to China?)

B: 我 下个月 要 去。 Wǒ xià gè yuè yào qù.

(B: I am going next month.)

 

 

A: 她 什么时候 结婚? Tā shénme shíhòu jiéhūn?

(A: When is she getting married?)

B: 她 这个周末 结婚。 Tā zhège zhōumò jiéhūn.

(B: She is getting married this weekend.)

Which 哪 nǎ + measure word

A: 我们 去 哪个 餐馆? Wǒmen qù nǎge cānguǎn?

(A: Which restaurant are we going?)

B: 我们 去 我朋友 开的 餐馆。 Wǒmen qù wǒ péngyǒu kāi de cānguǎn.

(B: We are going to the restaurant that my friend opened.)

 

 

A: 你 想 喝 哪种 茶? Nǐ xiǎng hē nǎ zhǒng chá?

(A: What kind of tea do you want to drink?)

B: 我 想 喝 红茶。 Wǒ xiǎng hē hóngchá.

(B: I want to have black tea.)

How 怎么 zěnme

A: 你 明天 怎么 去 学校? Nǐ míngtiān zěnme qù xuéxiào?

(A: How to you go to school tomorrow?)

B: 我 坐 校车 去。 Wǒ zuò xiàochē qù.

(B: I will take the school bus.)

 

 

A: 你 怎么 认识 他 的? Nǐ zěnme rènshì tā de?

(A: How do you know him?)

B: 我 在 网上 聊天 认识 的。 Wǒ zài wǎngshàng liáotiān rènshì de.

(B: I met him online.)

Who 谁 shéi

A: 她 是 谁? Tā shì shéi?

(A: Who is she?)

B: 她 是 我前女友。 Tā shì wǒ qián nǚyǒu.

(B: She is my ex-girlfriend.)

 

 

A: 谁 会 买 晚饭? Shéi huì mǎi wǎnfàn?

(A: Who will buy the dinner?)

B: 妈妈 会 买 晚饭。 Māmā huì mǎi wǎnfàn.

(B: Mom will buy the dinner.)

 

 

Question Words in Chinese Simplified Chinese Version Infographic

Question Words in Chinese Simplified Chinese Version

 

 

 

Question Words in Chinese Traditional Chinese Version Infographic

Question Words in Chinese Traditional Chinese Version Infographic

Question Words in Chinese Worksheets

 

If you would like to preactice those characters, download Question words worksheets here .

question words worksheet

Can-do checklist

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

⃞    I can tell the structural difference between English and Chinese question sentences.

⃞    I can say “what, where, why, when, which, how and who” in Chinese.

⃞    I can recognize the Chinese characters for “what, where, why, when, which, how and who.”

⃞    I can write “what, where, why, when, which, how and who” in Chinese pinyin/Chinese characters.

⃞    I can recognize “what, where, why, when, which, how and who” when people speak in Chinese.

⃞    I can ask questions with “what, where, why, when, which, how and who” in Chinese.

 

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4 thoughts on “Question Words in Chinese With Worksheets and Infographic

  1. I wonder if the way you used 为什么 Why in a sentence is accurate. My understanding is that subject always goes beofore why. Please clarify, Thank you and I apprecaite your sharing.

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