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Using Chinese Aspect

Wrapping your head around “tense” vs “aspect” isn’t easy. And this lesson contains just a handful of the most common aspect markers. However, if you manage to wrap your mind around these examples, subsequent lessons will be much easier.

Chinese “tenses” overview
了: completed action
了: change of state

The first one in the list makes me cringe, because he is mapping Chinese aspect into English tense. But, it might be helpful for some people.

These aren’t just random videos … I watched dozens to select 3 that will help you succeed at Mandarin aspect. Unfortunately, some of the examples use words you might not have heard yet, but hopefully this shouldn’t be too confusing because they provide both spoken and written translations.

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