Many people love to listen to music or even play musical instruments. If you are gifted enough to be able to play, you might well meet others like you. So, you need to know how to talk about your and their abilities.
In this Podcast, you will learn:
(1) How to tell people what musical instruments you play
(2) How to ask others what they can play and how well they play
Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:
Grammar note: in Chinese, if you want to say you play a certain instrument, you need to use a different verb to match certain types of instruments.
Let’s look at these below one by one:
For the instruments above, you can use the verb “弹”to match with the instrument:
Eg. 弹吉他：play a guitar
弹钢琴：play the piano
弹乌克丽丽：play the ukulele
你喜欢弹钢琴吗？Do you like playing the piano?
鼓：Drum For drum, use the verb“打”。
他打鼓励很好：He plays the drums very well
For the Saxophone and Trumpet, use the verb “吹”。
吹小号：play the trumpet
萨克斯风：play the saxophone
For the instruments above, use the verb “拉”.
拉小提琴：play a violin
拉中提琴：play a viola
拉大提琴：play a cello
To ask someone if they can play some instruments, you can ask:
Eg. 你会弹吉他吗？Do you know how to play a guitar?
你会打鼓吗？Do you know how to play the drums?
你会拉小提琴吗？Do you know how to play a violin?
你会吹小号吗？Do you know how to play a trumpet?
To answer that you know how to play certain instruments:
Eg. 我会弹钢琴：I can play piano
Eg. 我不会弹钢琴：I can not play piano
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