275 Like

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.

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喜歡 / 喜欢
xǐ huān
To be fond of
Happy, pleased
歡 / 欢
I like dumplings.
我喜歡水餃 / 我喜欢水饺
wǒ xǐ huān shuǐ jiǎo
Boiled dumpling
水餃 / 水饺
shuǐ jiǎo
餃 / 饺
I don't like dumplings.
我不喜歡水餃 / 我不喜欢水饺
wǒ bù xǐ huān shuǐ jiǎo
To sleep
睡覺 / 睡觉
shuì jiào
I like sleeping.
我喜歡睡覺 / 我喜欢睡觉
wǒ xǐ huān shuì jiào
I don't like sleeping.
我不喜歡睡覺 / 我不喜欢睡觉
wǒ bù xǐ huān shuì jiào
I like you.
我喜歡你 / 我喜欢你
wǒ xǐ huān nǐ
I like you all.
我喜歡你們 / 我喜欢你们
wǒ xǐ huān nǐ men
蘋果 / 苹果
píng guǒ
I like apples.
我喜歡蘋果 / 我喜欢苹果
wǒ xǐ huān píng guǒ
I don't like you.
我不喜歡你 /我不喜欢你
wǒ bù xǐ huān nǐ
Like something very much
很喜歡 / 很喜欢
hěn xǐ huān
I like sleeping very much.
我很喜歡睡覺 / 我很喜欢睡觉
wǒ hěn xǐ huān shuì jiào
I dislike sleeping very much.
我很不喜歡睡覺 / 我很不喜欢睡觉
wǒ hěn bù xǐ huān shuì jiào
I dislike you very much.
我很不喜歡你 / 我很不喜欢你
wǒ hěn bù xǐ huān nǐ
Unusual, very
fēi cháng
Like something very much
非常喜歡 / 非常喜欢
fēi cháng xǐ huān
What do you like?
你喜歡什麼? / 你喜欢什么?
nǐ xǐ huān shén me
什麼 / 什么
shén me
What do you like to eat?
你喜歡吃什麼? / 你喜欢吃什么?
nǐ xǐ huān chī shén me
Me too!
wǒ yě shì

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