2019-11-03newbie

Two words for “can”: 会 (huì) and 能 (néng) – HSK 1 Reading Practice

In this beginner Chinese reading practice we'll look at a couple different ways to say "can" in Chinese. These phrases are taken from an excerpt of Ben's diary - a foreign exchange student in China. You can follow Ben's story and learn Chinese along the way. 

As a beginning Chinese reader, you may initially find it difficult to recognize many characters. We start our lessons from ground zero with audio and pinyin available to assist you. You'll be able to quickly go from HSK 1 to HSK 2 and onward. At this early stage in your Chinese study you can progress very quickly through daily practice. Although you may not recognize many characters yet, you will be able to progress quickly as you read stories. 

The examples below will give you an idea of what our beginning Chinese reading practices are like. 

Suggestion for study: 

  • Hit "play" and follow along with the Native Speaker
  • Review the translation and try to understand the meaning
  • Don't stress about memorizing every character at this point
  • After completing the practice sentences, try downloading our app to learn more

Practice Sentences:

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xiǎo yǔ
小雨
小雨
Little Yu (name)
(negative prefix), not
huì
can, to be able to
kāi chē
开车
開車
to drive a car
 

Little Yu can’t drive.

Character set
Pinyin
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lù xī
露西
露西
Lucy (name)
huì
can, to be able to
kāi chē
开车
開車
to drive a car
 
dàn shì
但是
但是
but, however
she, her
to drink
jiǔ
liquor, alcoholic beverage
le
(completed action marker)
 
(negative prefix), not
néng
to be able to, to be capable of
kāi chē
开车
開車
to drive a car
 

Lucy knows how to drive, but she has drunk alcohol so she can’t drive.

Character set
Pinyin

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