are asking a question in Chinese you do not change the order of the
sentence. This is very different from other western languages.
the structure of a sentence with a question and the structure of an
affirmative statement are the same.
are expressed with interrogative particles.
is put at the end of the sentence and the answer should be Yes or No.
shi4 ni3de5 lao3shi1 ma5 ?
他 是 你的 老师
吗 ? 是
he your teacher? Yes
he1shui3 ma5 ? Shi4, wo3 xiang3.
你 想 喝水 吗
Do you want
to drink water? Yes I do.
is put at the end of the question and the answer to the question has
to be specific.
shuo1 han4yu3, ni3 ne5? Wo3 ye3 bu2hui4.
我 不会 说 汉语，
know how to speak chinese, do you? I don't know how to speak chinese
either. (specific answer)
------ ooo O ooo ------
ni3de5 lao3shi1 (ne5) ? Wo3de5 lao3shi1
谁 是 你的 老师
( 呢 ) ?
我的 老师 是
Who is your teacher? My teacher
is Charles (specific answer)
you can omit the question particle