Jason (jcreed) wrote,
Jason
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Mandarin curiosity of the day: I came across the sentence

wo3neng2qu4ni3jia1wan2ma?
Icangoyouhouse???[yes/no question]

in an anki flashcard deck meant to teach to the HSK Level 1. Google translate says this is "can I go to your house?", and this mostly makes sense to me, except for that 玩 which by itself is "play with, joke, enjoy". Best I can guess is that the more idiomatic translation of the sentence is more like "can I visit your house?", as in, making a enjoyable social call, not just literally am. I. permitted. to. enter. your. dwelling. This thought based on I think seeing somewhere (but can't find it anymore) someone translating "I'm going to visit Beijing" as

wo3hui4qu4bei3jing1wan2
Iwill/cangobeijing???


So I guess the pattern "去 + destination + 玩" is something like "to go to destination for the purpose of enjoyment, not just literally going there"?
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