Getting started with Chinese 3
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2 Adjectives – building your vocabulary

Table 1 shows adjectives which can be used to describe people’s appearance and status. Listen to how they are pronounced and repeat afterwards. Listen as many times as you wish.

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Table 1 Adjectives to describe one’s appearance
cool (great)
shuài handsome
cōngmíng 聪明 clever
làngmàn 浪漫 romantic
piàoliang 漂亮 pretty, beautiful
gāo tall (person or building), high
pàng fat, stout
shòu thin (person)
shǎo few; less
ǎi short (height)
yǒuqián 有钱 rich (lit. have money)
méiqián 没钱 poor (lit. have no money)
yǒuyòng 有用 useful
yuǎn far
jìn near, close

Now have a go at Activity 4.

Activity 4

Part 1

Match the Chinese adjectives to their English translation.

Using the following two lists, match each numbered item with the correct letter.

  1. piàoliang 漂亮

  2. làngmàn 浪漫

  3. shuài

  4. cōngmíng 聪明


  • b.pretty

  • c.clever

  • d.romantic

  • e.handsome

The correct answers are:
  • 1 = a
  • 2 = b
  • 3 = d
  • 4 = e
  • 5 = c

Part 2

Match the antonyms of these Chinese adjectives.

Using the following two lists, match each numbered item with the correct letter.

  1. yuǎn

  2. pàng

  3. yǒuqián 有钱

  4. gāo

  • a.shòu

  • b.méiqián 没钱

  • c.ǎi

  • d.jìn

The correct answers are:
  • 1 = d
  • 2 = a
  • 3 = b
  • 4 = c

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