Repetition of Verb

Repetition is a very common phenomenon in Chinese. From this episode, we will learn how to repeat Verb, Adjective and Measure word in a sentence and the meanings it implies.

Reduplicated Verb - gives a softer, friendlier or more casual tone of voice (i.e. do it a little bit or for a little while)

① Repetition of single-syllable Verb

wǒyào suànsuàn zhègeyuè huāle duōshǎo qián.

我要 算算 这个月 花了 多少 钱。

I want to calculate how much money I have spent this month.

nǐ zài xiǎngxiǎng ba! dàodǐ bǎ qiánbāo fàng nǎ’r le?

你 再 想想 吧!到底 把 钱包 放 哪儿 了?

Think again! Where exactly did you put your wallet?

yígèrén zàijiā deshíhou, wǒ xǐhuan tīngting yīnyuè、kànkan xiǎoshuō.

一个人 在家 的时候,我 喜欢 听听 音乐、看看 小说。

When I am alone at home, I like to listen to music and read novels.

② Repetition of double-syllable Verb

wǒjiào zhāngwěi, wǒmen rènshi rènshi ba!

我叫 张伟,我们 认识 认识 吧!

My name is Zhang Wei. Let’s know each other!

zhège fāngàn, wǒmen zài tǎolùn tǎolùn ba!

这个 方案,我们 再 讨论 讨论 吧!

Let’s talk about the plan again!

míngtiān yàoqǐngkè, suǒyǐ jīntiān děi zhǔnbèi zhǔnbèi.

明天 要请客,所以 今天得 准备 准备。

I will invite some guests to dinner tomorrow, so I need to prepare for it today.

guānyú qùchéngdū lǚyóu deshìqíng, wǒmen xūyào jìhuà jìhuà.

关于 去成都 旅游 的事情,我们 需要 计划 计划。

We need to plan about the trip to Chengdu.

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