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Patient And Patience - Expanded Chinese Lesson

This is a great word to know: 耐心 (nài xīn) Patient (Literally: Persistent Heart)

我很耐心 (wǒ hěn nài xīn) I am very patient (Literally: I very patient)

他很耐心 (tā hěn nài xīn) He is very patient (Literally: he very patient)

我没有耐心 (wǒ méi yǒu nài xīn) I don't have patience (Literally: I no have patient)

他的优点是他很耐心 (tā de yōu diān shì tā hěn nài xīn) A positive about him is that he's very patient (Literally: His superior point is he very patient)

耐心的等待 (nài xīn de děng dài) Patiently wait/Patiently waiting (Literally: patiently waiting)

Common Mistake

If you notice, you don't always put the verb in there when describing people. This is one of the biggest differences between Chinese and English. You don't always need the "to be" verb before adjectives. So when there is no noun, there is no need to add a verb like 是 (is/am/are).

If you wanted to add a verb, you could use a noun like 人 (rén AKA person).

For example: 他是个很耐心的人 (tā shì gè hěn nài xīn de rén) He is a very patient person


Make a list of all the people you can think of in your life. 他们有没有耐心?On one side of the paper, write their name. On the other side, write this adjective and whether it applies to them ;)

For example:

Jerry ------ 没有耐心

Rob ------ 有耐心


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