Chinese Verbs

How to Say “Teach” in Mandarin? 教 Jiao Chinese

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Chinese Verbs – Teach | 教 Jiao and Chinese Nouns – Teaching | 教导 Jiaodao, 教学 Jiaoxue

Teach in Mandarin is Jiào. It can also refer to the noun Teaching in Chinese when translating the sentence into English. However,  Jiào is not a precise word for ‘Teaching‘ as there are other more appropriate words for it – 教学 Jiàoxué.

教导 Jiàodǎo is also another word for Teaching or Teach in Mandarin. The difference between and 教导 is that 教导 Jiàodǎo has a connotation to giving guidance to someone.


Teach in Mandarin – 教 Jiao

To show respect when talking to the teachers, you may want to use the word Nín as a more formal address to someone instead of .

*  Míng is a classifier for people and does not refer to the meaning of “name” in the first sentence below.

I am a teacher. I teach Chinese.

我是一名老师。我教中文。
Wǒ shì yī míng lǎo shī. Wǒ jiāo zhōng wén.


Can you teach me Chinese?

你可以教我中文吗?
Nǐ kě yǐ jiāo wǒ zhōng wén ma?


I can teach you French or English.

我可以教你法语或英语。
Wǒ kě yǐ jiāo nǐ fǎ yǔ huò yīng yǔ.


How is the teaching of your teacher? (What do you feel about the teaching method of your teacher?)

你的老师教的如何?
Nǐ de lǎo shī jiāo de rú hé?


How many years have you been teaching?

您教书教了多少年了?
Nín jiāo shū jiāo le duō shào nián le?


My teacher is very patient in teaching us to study.

我的老师很有耐心的教我们读书。
Wǒ de lǎo shī hěn yǒu nài xīn de jiāo wǒ men dú shū.


Teach me how to slim down.

教教我,要怎样瘦身?
Jiāo jiāo wǒ, yào zěn yàng shòu shēn?


If you want to learn to write Chinese characters, I can teach you how to write.

如果你想学写中文字,我可以教你怎么写。
Rú guǒ nǐ xiǎng xué xiě zhōng wén zì, wǒ kě yǐ jiāo nǐ zěn me xiě.



Teaching and Teach in Mandarin – 教导 Jiàodǎo

We can use 教导 Jiàodǎo as a Chinese verb for Teach in Mandarin or a noun as Teaching in Chinese. Since the keyword reference of 教导 Jiàodǎo is Guidance, it can also refer to other types of teaching not related to the mainstream education.

I have been teaching these students to play football for many years.

我教导这些学生踢足球已有多年了。
Wǒ jiào dǎo zhè xiē xué shēng tī zú qiú yǐ yǒu duō nián le.


I use different teaching methods to teach different people.

我用不同的教导方式教不同人。
Wǒ yòng bù tóng de jiào dǎo fāng shì jiāo bù tóng rén.


The teaching and guidance that the teacher has given me all these years, I did not forget.

老师对我这几年的教导,我没齿难忘。
Lǎo shī duì wǒ zhè jǐ nián de jiào dǎo, wǒ mò chǐ nán wàng.


Regarding Buddhist teachings, I benefit greatly.

对于佛学教导,我受益不浅。
Duì yú fó xué jiào dǎo, wǒ shòu yì bù qiǎn.



Teaching in Chinese – 教学 Jiaoxue

教学 Jiàoxué can only be used as a noun and never a verb as opposed to 教导 Jiàodǎo which can be both.教学 Jiàoxué stresses on solely the teaching method in the aspect of education or understanding the subjects of study, but it does not denote guidance.

What’s your opinion on the teachers’ teaching method?

你对教师的教学方式有什么意见?
Nǐ duì jiào shī de jiào xué fāng shì yǒu shé me yì jiàn?


What kind of teaching methods can make students understand faster?

怎样的教学方法才可以使学生了解的更快?
Zěn yàng de jiào xué fāng fǎ cái kě yǐ shǐ xué shēng liǎo jiě de gèng kuài?


Throughout your teaching experience, what impressed you the most?

在你的教学过程中,有什么使你印象最深刻?
Zài nǐ de jiào xué guò chéng zhōng, yǒu shé me shǐ nǐ yìn xiàng zuì shēn kè?

 

In the next supplementary post, I will explain some differences between teachers老师 Lǎoshī vs 教师 Jiàoshī. Moreover, I will also provide a list of subjects, so you know the right term to describe these teachers. Besides, there is a section why some people in some professions are called “Master” – 师傅 Shīfù.

 

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