Because Chinese grammar is so different than English, we focus on key grammar concepts to provide a solid foundation for all other classwork.
If you watched our video on the Differences Between Chinese and Western Languages, then hopefully you agree that Spanish, French and other adjacent languages have a large overlap with English grammar…so, you already know many of the key grammar points for those languages.
But, while Chinese grammar isn’t as complex as English (notably, no verb conjugation), it is really different. So much so that, it’s possible to understand each word in a sentence and still not understand what the sentence means.
We’re not going to walk you through all 652 pages of the Practical Chinese Grammar for Foreigners (our Bible), but we will cover the big ankle-grabbers that are likely to create confusion if they’re not addressed up front. These are grammar concepts that:
- Are truly different than English or concepts that don’t even exist in English (think verb complements) – OR –
- Key concepts that are the foundation for spoken and written Chinese (think sentence structure).
The key concepts below will help you to make sense of Chinese:
- Sentence Structure
- Relative Clauses
- Verb Complements
- Set Grammar Patterns