In this extremely practical episode, Jesse Edbrooke from Transition talks with ShaoLan about the question “where?” They give a group of examples and scenarios of how to use this simple but useful word, by itself and combined with other words! Learn how to ask where someone is, or to say where you are, or to ask where that thing is that you just lost! ShaoLan also explains the concept of “measure words” in Chinese, which may seem hard at first, but actually, provides a key to understanding the meaning of the thing being described.
In Chinese, the word for “where” is 哪裡/哪里. The first character 哪 means “which?” or “where?” and the second character 裡/里 means “within” or “inside,” so when put together they mean “where?” (with a sense of asking about the exact location).