What are some of the things that you like most in life? Do you like to listen to music? Or do you like to eat Chinese dumplings? The word “to like” in Chinese is extremely useful and used many times on a daily basis because you can use it to describe anything from food, to sports, to places, to people! Jesse and ShaoLan talk about some of the things that they like and how to describe these in Chinese. Of course, as well as learning how to describe what you like, you need to learn how to emphasise what you really like, as well as how to express what you don’t like, so listen through to learn all of these essential phrases.
The Chinese word for “like” is 喜歡/喜欢. The first word 喜 means “to be fond of something” or “to be happy with something” while 歡/欢 means “very pleased” or “happy about something.” So when these two similar characters are put together then you get the verb “to like” 喜歡/喜欢.