A little bit in Chinese – but is it 一点儿 or 有点儿？
You probably already know how to say a little bit in Chinese. You know that moment where you go to order some noodles and want to tell your waiter (服务员 – fúwùyuán) ‘just a little spice please’? Or when someone asks you if you speak Chinese so you tell them a little bit in Chinese?
How do you express this? Do you use the adverbs 有点儿 (yǒudiǎnr) and 一点儿 (yīdiǎnr)?
If so – do you know when to use each one? Even though both of them mean a little bit in Chinese, they are not the same.
But what’s the difference? 🤔
1. 一点儿 (yīdiǎnr) comes AFTER adjectives
一点儿 (yīdiǎnr) means ” a bit (more)”, and comes AFTER adjectives in the structure [adj. + 一点儿 (yīdiǎnr)].
◾️ Màn yīdiǎnr
◾️ A bit slower
一点儿 (yīdiǎnr) is used to say that something has changed, or if you want some change to happen.
◾️ Kěyǐ kuài yīdiǎnr ma?
◾️ Can we go a little bit faster?
You can also add a noun after 一点儿 (yīdiǎnr), in the structure [一点儿 (yīdiǎnr) + n.]
◾️ Wǒ yào mǎi yīdiǎnr shuǐguǒ
◾️ I want to buy some fruit
◾️ Wǒ xiǎng jiā yīdiǎnr táng hé niúnǎi
◾️ I want to add some sugar and milk
2. 有点儿 (yǒudiǎnr) comes BEFORE adjectives
有点儿 (yǒudiǎnr) comes before adjectives in the structure [有点儿 (yǒudiǎnr) + adj].
◾️ Yǒudiǎnr pàng
◾️ A little bit stout
有点儿 (yǒudiǎnr) is used to say that something is bad, or you’re not happy with it.
◾️ Jīntiān yǒudiǎnr rè
◾️ Today is a little bit hot
Choose the right spot for 有点儿 (yǒudiǎnr) and 一点儿 (yīdiǎnr) in the sentences below:
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