How to use huì(会) in Mandarin Chinese

How to use huì(会) in Mandarin Chinese

How to use huì(会) in Mandarin Chinese

huì(会) is a word in Chinese widely used in everyday conversation, but it sometimes also confusing when to use it. Let me explain how to use it today step by step.

huì(会) Means Will in English

Let’s take some examples:

1. Will you come to my home today?  你今天会来我家吗?Nǐ jīntiān huì lái wǒjiā ma?
2. She will not tell you her age. 她不会告诉你她的年龄。 Tā bù huì gàosù nǐ tā de niánlíng.
3. Michael will not choose this job. 迈克尔不会选择这份工作。Màikè’ěr bù huì xuǎnzé zhè fèn gōngzuò.

Pretty straight forward right?

How to say it in a negative form, yes, is bù huì (不会)

Let’s see some examples: 

1. I won’t marry him. 我不会嫁给他. Wǒ bù huì jià gěi tā

2. They will not eat at home on Saturday evening. 周六晚上他们不会在家吃饭。 Zhōu liù wǎnshàng tāmen bù huì zàijiā chīfàn.

3. We will come to see you this afternoon. 我们今天下午来看你。 Wǒmen jīntiān xiàwǔ lái kàn nǐ.

huì(会) Means Know how to in English:

Beside the meaning of will, huì(会) also means know how to do something in Chinese. For example:

1. David knows how to drive a car. 大卫会开车。Dà wèi huì kāichē.
2. Tiffany can swim. 蒂芙尼会游泳。Dìfúní huì yóuyǒng.
3. We know how to get to your home.我们会去您的家。Wǒmen huì qu nín de jiā.

The negative form of huì(会) is bu huì(会)

Examples:

1. We don’t know how to open this bottle. 我们不知道如何打开这个瓶子。Wǒmen bù huì dǎkāi zhège píngzi.
2. They don’t know how to fix the TV. 他们不知道如何修理电视。Tāmen bù huì xiūlǐ diànshì.
3. Michael doesn’t know how to speak German. 迈克尔不会说德语。Màikè’ěr bù huì shuō déyǔ.

Now I think you already know how to use huì(会) in Mandarin, do you think you can translate the following sentences?

1. Do she know how to speak Japanese?

2. I will not have time to meet you this afternoon.

3. Ella knows how to ride a bike.

4. Peter doesn’t know how to use this computer.

5. We all know how to drive a car.

6. Chris will cook fish and rice tonight.

Here are the answers:

1. 她会说日语吗?1. tā huì shuō rì yǔ má ?

2. 今天下午我没空见你。2. jīn tiān xià wǔ wǒ méi kōng jiàn nǐ 。

3. Ella 会骑自行车。3. Ella huì qí zì xíng chē 。

4. 彼得不知道如何使用这台电脑。4. bǐ dé bù zhī dào rú hé shǐ yòng zhè tái diàn nǎo 。

5. 我们都知道如何开车。5. wǒ mén dū zhī dào rú hé kāi chē 。

6. 克里斯今晚会煮鱼和米饭。6. kè lǐ sī jīn wǎn huì zhǔ yú hé mǐ fàn 。