In this blog, you will learn how 会 (huì) is used at the HSK 1 level. For HSK 1, 会 (huì) has a couple uses.
In Chinese 会 (huì) is a modal verb (also called an auxiliary or a “helping” verb), which means it is a verb used in combination with other verbs.
Let's look at the ways that you can use 会 (huì) in HSK 1.
- In Chinese, 会 (huì) is used before a verb to indicate ability acquired through learning. In English, 会 (huì) used this way means “to know how to”. The structure is:
Subject + (不) 会 + verb + object
To make the sentence negative, just add 不.
Here are some 会 (huì) examples for this use:
Wǒ huì shuō zhōngwén.
I know how to speak Chinese.
Nǐ huì zuò fàn ma?
Do you know how to cook?
Wǒ huì. Nǐ ne?
I know how. What about you?
Wǒ bù huì.
I don’t know how.
Tā bù huì xiě hànzì.
He does not know how to write Chinese characters.
In the above sentences, 会 (huì) is used to express the subject has sufficient knowledge to complete the action.
- 会 (huì) in Chinese is also used in sentences to indicate possibility of a future action occurring. In English, 会 (huì) used this way means “will”, as in somebody will do something or something will happen.
This 会 (huì) grammar structure is the same as above:
Subject + (不) 会 + verb (+ object)
Here are some 会 (huì) examples for this usage:
Xià zhōu tā huì lái ma?
Will she come next week?
Tā bù huì.
Míngtiān huì xià yǔ.
It will rain tomorrow.
Wǒ bù huì gēn nǐ tiàowǔ.
I will not dance with you.