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Getting from point A to point B is a frustrating yet important part of our daily lives. Whether you’re going to class, work, the supermarket, or out with friends, you’re going to have to use some mode of transportation. Living in a massive city like Beijing, there are many forms of transportation available. To help you build your vocabulary related to this topic, here are 15 Chinese words:
A video I made about the Beijing subway a few years ago.
“Ok, so now how do you use these words?” you may be asking yourself. Here are some examples of transportation questions and answers, using the vocabulary above:
nǐ zěn me qù xué xiào
How do you go to school?
wǒ qí zì xíng chē qù
I ride a bicycle there.
nǐ shì zěn me lái de
How did you come here?
wǒ shì zuò dì tiě lái de
I took the subway here.
tā huì kāi chē ma
Can he drive a car?
tā bú huì kāi chē, suǒ yǐ tā zuò gōng jiāo chē
He can’t drive a car, so he takes the bus.
fēi jī piào duō shǎo qián
How much is a plane ticket?
sān qiān kuài
3,000 kuai (RMB)
nà tài guì le. zán men zuò huǒ chē ba
That’s too expensive. Let’s take the train.
nǐ wèi shén me hěn lèi
Why are you so tired?
yīn wèi wǒ de diàn dòng chē huài le, suǒ yǐ wǒ pǎo bù lái le
Because my electric bike broke down, so I ran here.
To give you a more visual representation of transportation in the ‘Jing, here are some pictures. The captions are in Chinese, so challenge yourself and try to understand them!