Just like every dish needs the right spices to really bring out the flavor, so too does your Chinese. These phrases will help you to make your Chinese sound much more "flavorful", so let's get started with today's lesson!
雖然- even though；often used in conjunction with 但是
suī rán dàn shì
tā suī rán lái měi guó shí nián le ，dàn shì hái bù gǎn jiǎng yīng wén 。
Even though he's been in America for ten years, he still isn't confident speaking English.
wǒ de shì yǒu shì yá yī 。qí guài shì tā de yá chǐ qí shí bù tài hǎo 。
My roommate is a dentist. The weird thing is, his teeth are actually pretty bad.
zuì jìn wǒ men chá diǎn shēng yì tè bié hǎo ，wǒ shí zài bù gǎn xiàng xìn le lā ！
Recently, our tea store's business has been so good, I really can't believe it!
不但。。。也是- not only, but also
bù dàn ………..yě shì
wǒ de shī fù bù dàn lì hài ，yě shì qiān xū de 。
My master isn't just really talented, he's also humble.
wǒ de péng yǒu jǐ hū dōu yǒu xiǎo hái zǐ le 。
Nearly all of my friends have kids now.
隨便- do as you wish
bù yào zài lù biān suí biàn wán 。
Don't goof around by the road.
tā shuō bù xiǎng qù kàn yī shēng ，jié guǒ zǎo shàng qǐ lái fā xiàn tā sǐ diào le 。
He said he didn't want to go to see a doctor; in the morning I discovered that he was dead.
而且- and also
nà jiān fáng zǐ hěn gāo ，ér qiě hěn háo huá 。
That house is really tall, and also luxurious.
而已- that's all, only
bù yào duì nǐ de zǐ zǐ tài xiōng ，tā jiù shì xiǎng gēn nǐ wán ér yǐ 。
Don't be too mean to your nephew, he just wants to play with you.
That's it for today, you have your new vocabulary and your examples, so start practicing owning them. Before you know it, your Chinese will taste much better!