A Chinese Puzzle a.k.a 中文练习题

For me, the key to successfully learning anything is trying to figure out where my weaknesses are. Once I know where those are I work on improving them. I do that when I have to learn something knew for work and I even apply a similar approach when I have to teach somebody something. I try to figure out what may be difficult to understand and prepare additional information on it. Obviously sometimes I'm way off the beaten track but at least I'm well prepared...or not at all, depending what kind of questions I get.

For my Chinese studies I apply the exact same concept. A couple of months back I realised that my ability to communicate was rotten so I tried to find different ways to use Chinese every day. Be that ordering my coffee, talking to a friend, doing a language exchange, recording a voice message for my friend or simply chatting to my friend. I have since improved a bit but I am far from perfect but I know I'll get there in good time.

Even further back I realised that my ability to listen to spoken Chinese was so far below par that the scale to measure it hasn't even been invented just yet. To fix that I started listening to ChinesePod, Chinese radio and loads and loads of episodes of my favourite Taiwanese variety show as well as countless of Taiwanese TV dramas which are, as you know, my guilty pleasure. I since pick up a lot more spoken Chinese although I am not focused or not listening probably I won't pick up anything or something that's entirely not what was said.

I often bring up topics I like to improve on with my teacher and she will prepare the relevant material and study with me until I have understood. On the other hand when my teacher notices things that I need to improve on she will let me know and, if necessary, prepare the relevant study material to help me learn. Sometimes she asks me to prepare material as well, it entirely depends on the topic we're trying to tackle.

The other week I mentioned that I would like to improve my sentence structure as I have the tendency to use the English sentence structure when speaking Chinese. Sometimes I notice and correct myself, other times I don't notice or don't know and while I manage to make myself understood and convey what I wish to say it sounds odd and unnatural.

In order to help me improve my sentence structure my teacher provided me with a fun exercise. She muddled up a bunch of Chinese sentences and asked me to put them in order again. After successfully completing the exercise I'd like to share it with you all, as it really is quite fun. While the sentences aren't difficult, I had quite a lot of fun putting them back in order and translating them afterwards.

Since I am not a copycat, I've not simply taken the muddled up sentences my teacher gave me but instead I used the sentences I put together and muddled up all over again. Without further ado, here are 10 simple sentences for you to put back into order so they make sense in Chinese and can be translated into something meaningful.

The characters are in their simplified form, however if you prefer traditional ones, give me a shout and I will either add them or send them to you. Should you need the Pinyin, Goggle Translate can actually help you with that. :-) Any questions let me know.

                                                   (These are actually three sentences, so you'll need to figure out what goes where. If you'd like some help, the first sentences has 10 characters, the second 8 and the last one also has 10 characters.)